Aviation History Month in November celebrates all the contributions America made to the field of aviation and its development. Yes, it’s safe to say the U.S. played a pivotal role in the field. Hence, this month is all about reading up on the history of aviation, or simply watching documentaries that shed light on the brilliant individuals who dedicated their lives to advancing the aviation industry. It is the accomplishments of these men and women that make Americans proud, even to this day!
History of Aviation History Month
The history of aviation started in 350 B.C. when the Chinese began making kites using bamboo frames covered in paper and silk. This resulted in people wondering if there was a way for them to fly too. Thereafter, several inventors conceptualized ways to fly but it was Leonardo da Vinci who was responsible for designing parachutes and helicopters that our modern-day innovations are based on. However, the first glider was not built until 1799 by Sir George Cayley and the very first sustained, controlled flight, which took place in December 1903, is attributed to Orville Wright and Wilbur Wright. They are the individuals who changed the aviation industry permanently.
While many men managed to excel in the field of aviation, it wasn’t until 1910 that the first woman received a pilot’s license. Another famous female aviator is Amelia Earhart, who is recognised for flying solo across the Atlantic Ocean. With time, aviation became used to fight wars since it was the fastest way to attack an enemy. In 1941, the 99th Pursuit Squadron was formed at Tuskegee. The squadron comprised African-American pilots and became known as the Tuskegee Airmen.
Since aviation plays such an important role in modern society, it comes as no surprise that it is celebrated with great fervor. Apart from a month dedicated to the invention, National Aviation Day is also celebrated on August 19. This day was established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939. However, since the history of aviation is so detailed and exemplary, an entire month was eventually dedicated to it.
Aviation History Month timeline
The Wright brothers invent and fly the first successful airplane.
The world’s first commercial flight between St. Petersburg and Tampa takes place.
Eugene Jacques Bullard becomes the first African-American military pilot.
National Airlines inaugurates the first domestic jet passenger service.
Aviation History Month FAQs
What is Aviation History Month?
The Governing Printing Office defines it as a month dedicated to exploring, recognizing, and celebrating America’s incredible contributions that helped to develop aviation.
How did the first plane fly?
Orville Wright made the first successful flight with a gasoline-powered, propeller-driven biplane, which lasted for 12 seconds.
Is it difficult to become a pilot?
Becoming a commercial airline pilot takes hard work and dedication, and requires studying and specialized training.
How to Celebrate Aviation History Month
Visit an aviation museum
Find out everything there is to know about aviation. Learn interesting facts and see some of the first inventions up close.
Fly a plane
The best way to celebrate the day is to get some training and fly a private plane with a trained instructor. This will surely give you an adrenaline rush to remember.
Watch a documentary
Watch a documentary on the history of aviation. Discover how it led to space travel and other accomplishments that helped the world evolve.
5 Fun Facts You Need To Know About Pilots
A pilot’s vision
A 20/20 distant vision is essential in order to be a pilot.
Black male pilots are scarce
They make up only 3.4% of the pilots in the United States.
The captain’s authority
The captain is permitted to write passenger fines and even make arrests.
Completing flight school
It costs between $5,100 to $16,100 to study to become a pilot.
A Guinness World Record
Travis Ludlow is an 18-year-old pilot who is the youngest person to fly solo around the world.
Why We Love Aviation History Month
We remember the American aviation heroes
It serves as a month of remembrance. It reminds us of the American innovators whose brilliance and creativity led to the development of the first airplane.
The day informs people of all ages about the history of aviation. We learn how it took decades to create the planes that we travel in today.
It motivates the youth
The history and inventions of the past motivate the youth to strive to make a difference and to never neglect their dreams. Nothing is impossible.
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