Wright Brothers Day December 17


Wright Brothers Day, a Presidential Proclamation

Wright Brothers Day, by Presidential Proclamation, is celebrated on December 17. This is a day the brothers, inventors, and aviation pioneers are remembered for the first successful air flight, in a mechanically propelled airplane, they made near Kitty Hawk, NC.

Wright Brothers First to Fly in the Air


Wilbur Wright (1867-1912) and his brother, Orville (1871-1948) accomplished the unthinkable on December 17, 1903. As a result they opened the sky, and travel to the world. The day is set aside to honor the brothers with appropriate ceremonies and activities. Some of these celebrations include the annual Wright Brothers dinner held in Washington DC where a Memorial Trophy is awarded. Celebrations are also held at Kitty Hawk, where the first flight took place as well as in Dayton, Ohio, where the brothers were born. The day is also celebrated with school activities focused on aviation and the brothers’ achievements.

The brothers’ first plane, named Flyer, made its 12 second maiden voyage flying approximately 120 feet. Although the Wright Brothers were not the first to build and fly an aircraft they were the first to invent aircraft controls that made fixed wing flight possible. Their efforts paved the way for modern-day aeronautics.



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