National Wright Brothers Day:
Celebrated on December 17th, every year. The day is observed to pay tribute to the Wright Brothers.
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Why National Wright Brothers Day?
The day is to honor the achievements of Wright brothers who made an airplane with mechanical propulsion features and successfully launched the flight on the same day in the year 1903. It has been almost more than 100 years, but this day reminds us that still we honor those invincible achievements. Their names are embedded in the American history especially in the history of Ohio and North Carolina because the designs were built and developed in Ohio and launched at a site in North Carolina.
How we can Observe National Wright Brothers Day:
. Observe this day by paying tribute to the wright brothers who made us to fly in airplanes. Use this hashtag #WrightBrothersDay and commemorate their achievements.
Interesting Facts About National Wright Brothers Day:
The Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur were the two aviation pioneers who invented, built the world’s first successful flying airplane. The Airplanes are considered as one of the World changing inventions.
The Wright brothers, Orville was born on August 19, 1871 and Wilbur was born on April 16, 1867.
The Wright brothers were born to Milton Wright and Susan Catherine Koerner. They were the two of the seven children of Milton Wright and Susan Catherine. They never married. In 1878 their father, brought a toy helicopter. Wilbur and Orville played with the toy helicopter until it broke, and after that, they built their own airplane. They later said that, it was that toy helicopter that inspired them to fly.
On May 25, 1910, Orville piloted unique flights twice. One with his brother as his passenger and the other one with his father as his passenger. His Father, only once gave permission to Wright brothers to fly together since he pointed that it could avoid the probability of double tragedy. Therefore, that was their first and last fly together.
On November 22, 1909, The Wright Company was established. The Wright brothers sold all their patents for $100,000. In addition, they also received one-third of the shares stock and a 10 percent on every sold airplane. The company established a factory in Dayton and Wilbur and Orville were designated as the company’s president and vice president respectively.
In between 1912 and 1913, Wright airplanes those were bought by the U.S. Army faced a series of crashes that made the safety a question. An investigation was ordered against the design that concluded that the “Wright C” model was unfit for flying.
Wright brothers were born and brought up in Dayton, Ohio. Now Ohio slogan is “Birthplace of Aviation” since, it is not only the birthplace for the wright brothers, but also for the Aviation pioneers like John Glenn and Neil Armstrong. Similarly, North Carolina adopted a slogan “First in Flight” since the site of the first flight is in North Carolina. Even now, the site is preserved as a memorial of Wright brothers.
Wilbur died on May 30, 1912 after being ill and diagnosed with typhoid. Upon his brother’s death, Orville took over the position of president of the Wright Company. He sold the company later in 1915 since he was not interested in business. He served National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) until 1943 approximately and later Orville died on January 30, 1948.
History of National Wright Brothers Day:
National Wright Brothers day is an observance day since September 24, 1959 when the then president D.Eishenhower proclaimed December 17 to be the day to applaud the pioneers in airplanes manufacturing, Orville and Wilbur Wright.