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Let’s Fly Away for National Aviation Day!


Happy National Avaiation Day!

Sometimes called Wright Brothers Day, today is the anniversary of Orville Wright’s birthday on August 19, 1871. This holiday honors Orville and his brother Wilbur’s first airplane flight on December 17th, 1903 in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

This day was actually created by presidential proclamation by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939.

Celebrate- you could go for a flight, fly a miniature airplane, or just make a paper one!

Celebrate National Aviation Day! Make a paper airplane!

Celebrate National Aviation Day! Make a paper airplane!

My family visited the Hiller Aviation Museum last year and saw an amazng presentation on paper airplanes by John M. Collins. Well, of course we bought both books (one for each son- don’t fight!) and gradually my sons were able to fold and fly more and more kinds of airplanes. They talk about thinks like the “dart ” and “up elevator” and are getting experience with aerodynamics without even thinking about it.  All their friends request paper airplanes at school, too!

The Paper Airplane Guy even has a new app for iPhone (my favorite new gadget!) that shows  you how to fold paper airplanes and  can simulate your throw…guess what I am going to do next!

Hope you have a high-flying day, everyone!

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  1. E.
    August 19, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    Thanks for always keeping me up to date on these fabulous holidays!

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