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 19th Aviation Day

Today is Orville Wright’s birthday. You may remember Orville and his brother Wilbur, no, not the guy who had a talking horse. They are the brothers who are credited with being the first in flight Dec. 17, 1903 at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Orville was born August 19th, 1871. Today was a presidential proclamation by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1939. Who knew that what the brothers were up too would one day take us to the moon!

How to celebrate – Read about the Wright Brothers. Study mans struggle to fly. Become pilot!

July 24th Amelia Earhart Day

The world’s most celebrated female pilot disappeared on July 2nd, 1937 while on a flight around the world. She was in the Pacific, surrounded by clouds, looking for an island when last heard from. Born on July 24th, 1897 Earhart met every challenge in her life head on and did her best to conquer it , sometimes being a lady (As imagined in those days) but normally not as the world would have approved of. But one does not become a legend by doing what society asks of them. After a 250,000 mile search for her plane the hunt was given up and to this day it is not known exactly what happened or where she crashed.

How to celebrate – Read more about Amelia Earhart. Try to determine if she was a spy or adventurer. (Or both) Learn about other famous female pilots.

July 24th National Amelia Earhart Day

A number of years ago I was searching through a local barn and found all sorts of photos and letters to, and from, Amelia Earhart visiting a local doctor. It got me interested in what happened to her and why she disappeared on her historic flight before World War 2. Other than being a real party animal nothing I found added anything more than what everyone already knew. She, and her navigator Fred Noonan, seemed to have fallen off he face of the earth in their Lockheed Model 10 Electra, better known as “The Flying Laboratory”. From all I read my belief is, she wanted to just disappear. She was a tough woman who had already celebrated nearly everything she looked for in life. Amelia was born on July 24th, 1897 which is why today was chosen to celebrate her life.

How to celebrate – Read about Amelia Earhart. Learn to become a pilot. Travel around the world.

July 24th Amelia Earhart Day

Wow, an ad commemorating Amelia Earhart… what are they selling? Maybe a disappearing cream of some sort. Anyway, today we celebrate the life of Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly to Europe from the US. She did not do it on her own, in fact she wasn’t even allowed to pilot the plane. She was probably a better pilot than those who actually did the flying, but that’s not important.

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We remember her for her daring, and eventually, solo flights over many great distances. Probably her best remembered flight is the one that did not end, or at least as we know it. Her plane disappeared while trying to find Howell Island in the Pacific. Radio transmission revealed she was lost in cloud cover and unable to find the island, or any islands for that matter. She was last heard from on July 2nd, 1937.

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Her plane was a Lockheed Model 10 Electra, better known as “The Flying Laboratory”.  It was a fairly reliable plane for the day, not that any of them were outstanding in the safety department. But still, it should have held up well, and her navigator, Fred Noonan was experienced. Some believe she was shot down the by Japanese as World War 2 loomed closer and closer to American involvement.

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Over the years I have heard a few stories about Earhart that tell a little different background. She was quite the party animal, some might even say living on the wild side. That being said, she may have wanted to disappear, and what a better way of doing it than planing a flight around the world!?!

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In fact the photo above, taken after she was given up for dead, shows someone identical to Fred Noonan, and someone suspiciously similar to Amelia Earhart in the background. Why she would want to disappear, we will never know. Maybe the Japanese did shoot her down, may she did disappear over the ocean, or maybe she just wanted to be left alone. She was born July 24th, 1897.

How to celebrate – Do a little research on Amelia yourself and see if you can figure out what happened to her. Celebrate women in flight. Try and figure out what Drzewiecki Design products are?