Wright Brothers Day celebrates the innovations of aviation developers Orville and Wilbur Wright every December 17th. On this day in 1903, the brothers achieved the first successful flight of a heavier-than-air craft in North Carolina. It is celebrated on the same day as Pan American Aviation Day.
Many ceremonies and activities will be held to celebrate Wright Brothers Day. The most prominent ceremony is the Wright Brothers dinner in Washington DC, where the Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy is presented. Most memorials and events take place in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, at the site of the Wright Brothers camp at the top of Kill Devil Hill. This 425 acre space features the Wright Brothers National Memorial at the top of this hill, a 60 ft. granite tower.
Some schools will hold educational programs on aviation and the Wright Brothers or visit aviation museums, which may feature special exhibits for Wright Brothers Day.
The brothers were born in Dayton, Ohio, and devoted their lives to aviation innovationThis first aircraft was called “Flyer” and first flew for twelve seconds and reached 120 feet.
Wright Brothers Day has been observed since 1963 and became an official day of commemoration in Ohio on October 5, 2011.
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