In 1939, President Franklin Roosevelt declared that August 19 would be National Aviation Day – an annual occasion to celebrate the importance of aviation, and the birthday of Orville Wright. Orville Wright manned the first successful sustained power flight in 1903. He and his brother, Wilbur, successfully made three more flights that day, but it is Orville who made that first flight.
To celebrate the 75th anniversary of National Aviation Day, NASA leaders were asked to share stories about some of their “first flight experiences,” including Robert Cabana. Cabana is the director of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida as well as a veteran astronaut who flew four space shuttle missions. His first flight was in 1967 aboard a Northwest Airlines airplane (likely a Boeing 727) from Minneapolis to Baltimore on his way to attend the U.S. Naval Academy. He said he does not remember much of the flight since he was mostly thinking about leaving home and his first year at the Academy. Read all about other reminiscence from NASA’s leaders here and share your own #myfirstflight memories on social media today
Happy National Aviation Day everyone – here are some other ways to celebrate the holiday.
– The Terminal