National Aviation Day commemorates the birthday of Orville Wright, the pioneer of flight. On August 19, all eyes will turn to the skies and imaginations will soar to new heights.
While away the afternoon at one of many aviation museums across the country. Allow yourself to be guided through the history of flight – from the Wright brothers’ premiere attempts through today’s most sophisticated jet fighters.
Open-cockpit biplanes will evoke visions of a bygone era, a time when flying meant bad hair days and no in-flight cocktail service. Embark on a helicopter ride. Walk through a space exhibit and daydream of future flights beyond the stars.
Take a seat on the ground at an air show and watch breathtaking aerobatics and flyby parades. Ignore the urge to flee, from what feels like an earthquake, as the deafening roar of engines cruise by.
At the end of National Aviation Day, grab a bag of roasted peanuts and settle down with friends and family to watch a few flight-themed films. From the comedy “Airplane!” to the biographical “Amelia”, there are many titles from which to choose. Serve aviation-themed cocktails such as the B52, the Aviator, the Skydiver and the Blue Kamikaze.
As you ponder your experiences of holding onto the seat aboard a propeller-powered biplane and gazing at the dizzying aerobatics of the air show, give thanks, not only for Orville’s first flight of fancy, but also for the spectacular advancements in the world of air travel.