Taking to the skies…

August 19, 1939, U.S. President, Franklin D. Roosevelt declared a day of national observation of the history and development of aviation on what is the anniversary of Orville Wright’s birthday.

Orville Wright, who was still alive at the time of the first observed Aviation Day, was born in Ohio in 1871. Orville and his brother Wilbur were pioneers of aviation and are credited with having invented, built, and successfully flown the first motor-operated aircraft. They are also well known for their extensive glider experiments in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in the early 1900s.

NASA is offering up some fun aviation-based projects and activities to anyone interested in celebrating National Aviation Day with some hands-on learning.

Interested in building a plane for yourself? Try making one out of paper first! We have a great lesson on making different types of paper airplanes and all the things they can teach us about aerodynamics and engineering. Find our Paper Airplanes lesson here.

Looking for something more hi-tech? Check out the highlight reel from our Drone Dancing Summer Camp.