December 7th International Civil Aviation Day

Ever since Wilbur and Orville launched their Kitty Hawk people have wanted to learn how to fly. (To be fair hey wanted to learn how to fly even before that). The military was one of the best ways to learn but after the wars are over there wasn’t much call for fighter pilots. So the ICAO was formed in 1944 for those civilians who wanted to fly. In 1994 the organization celebrated it’s fifty year anniversary and in 1996 it was recognized by US Congress resolution officially.

How to celebrate – Learn how to fly. Study the history of flight. Become a member of the ICAO.


August 23rd Ride The Wind Day

Today is all about using as natural power source to supply movement, the wind. This includes things like flying, sailing, hang gliding, anything where wind powers your way. It’s a little chancy to plan your day, and entertainment, accordingly because it is a source you cannot control. You have to go along with where the wind wants to take you and how fast it wants to get you there, if at all. It can help provide energy for the earth, but just like all things concerning mother nature, she gives and she takes away!

How to celebrate – Go fly a kite. Invest in wind power for your electric, just don’t depend on it. Get a wind gauge.

August 19th Aviation Day

Today, on August 19th, 1871, Orville Wright was born and rightfully so, we celebrate his birthday to honor the first man to fly, or so we think, on December 17th, 1903. Others have claimed being earlier to fly but if they did, it wasn’t recorded so it’s hard to verify their claims. Along with his brother, Wilbur, the brothers flight only lasted for a few seconds at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, but began an entire industry that we could not live without today. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt created this day in 1939 but interestingly it is not called a National holiday.

How to celebrate – Read about the Wright Brothers. Learn how to fly. Send something airmail.

February 8th National Kite Flying Day

This could be a wonderful day to go kite flying! Never mind the snow, or rain, it’s not important, make Ben proud and fly that kite! Remember to put a key on it so that if lightening strikes you can learn the same lesson he did! Mainly, don’t fly kites in electrical storms!

Kites have been in use since the Chinese military flew them some 3,000 years ago. I’m not exactly sure why they flew them but historical records show they did. It was probably to scare their enemies or maybe while their enemies were looking up admiring the kites the Chinese attacked on the ground.

Either way, kite flying has stuck around and brings hours and hours of fun, and a little frustration. Just remember if it happens to be snowing, or raining, you just have to run a little faster to get them started. (And I suppose keep them flying)

How to celebrate – Go pick out a really cool kite. Enter a kite combat competition. Make sure you are in a field with no overhanging wires

August 19th National Aviation Day

August 19th National Aviation Day


Today we celebrate all those aviators that have led to our advancement in air travel and even into space. The day was created by President F. D. Roosevelt in 1939 to honor Orville Wright who was born August 19th, 1871. (Bet that didn’t make Wilbur very happy).

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If you think about the world of flight it really is amazing that we have come so far in such a short time considering the belief that man was never meant to fly.

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How to celebrate – Read more about the Wright Brothers. See how many famous aviators you can name. Take some flying lessons. (You never know when it may come in handy)