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National Aviation Day Is August 19: Another Great Reason to Fly!
August 13, 2015 - Next Wednesday, August 19, is National Aviation Day, which since 1939 has annually commemorated Orville Wright’s birthday. While it’s not a national holiday (maybe it should be?), it is a day when aviation is recognized for its importance to us all.
It’s also a great day to welcome someone else to aviation, whether that’s through a Young Eagles flight, an Eagle Flight mission, or a flight with a family member or friend. The opportunity to share The Spirit of Aviation through EAA is a fine way to bring an unforgettable moment to someone who has dreamed of flying.
“Many have enjoyed or spoke poetically of the freedom of the open road or the open water, but there’s another whole dimension with the freedom of the open sky,” EAA Chairman Jack Pelton said. “Too many people equate aviation only with commercial air travel and their own experiences within that narrow scope. While commercial air service is a valuable use of flying technology, such perceptions completely miss the joy, freedom, and sense of achievement that comes with personal flight. It is something that has been possible for us for just little more than a century. Such freedom must be celebrated in our nation, at the same level as so many other recreational pursuits are that are fulfilling and enjoyable for each of us."