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National Aviation Day
The day was established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939, on the birthday of Orville Wright, who first piloted the Wright Flyer on December 17, 1903.
Did You Know?
* Most people at the time of the Wright brothers' first flight attempts on December 17, 1903, thought that the airplane had NO purpose for transportation and was just a dangerous sport.
* The distance covered by the 1903 Wright Flyer was less than the wingspan of today's 747 Jumbo Jet!
* Charles Lindbergh was the first to fly non-stop from New York to Paris. The trip, in 1927, took 33.5 hours.
* Lillian Gatlin, was the first woman to ride as a passenger in an airplane! The year was 1922.
* In 1939, Willa Brown was the first African American woman to earn a commercial pilot's license.
*Someone estimated that if you add up all the miles flown by all the 747 airplanes, it's the distance from the Earth to the Moon and back over 75,000 times.
1. Write a diary entry pretending to be Lindbergh, Earhart, Coleman, Orville/Wilbur Wright and tell about a day in your aviation life.
2. Illustrate one of the factoids.
3. Have you ever flown in an airplane? Tell about something you remember about your first time in an airplane. If you haven't flown, would you like to experience flying? Why, why not.
Visit the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum:https://airandspace.si.edu
Check out these resources for Aviation Day:
Note: Photograph of the Wright Brothers' plane is from wpclipart.com
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