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Celebrate National Aviation Day

August 19 is National Aviation Day in the United States. It is also the annual celebration of Orville Wright’s birthday. You can celebrate by taking some time to learn about aviation history by visiting museums in-person or online to learn about the Wright brothers, Amelia Earhart, Neil Armstrong, Bessie Coleman, Chuck Yeager and so many more amazing aviation pioneers.

Another way to celebrate aviation is to connect with people around the world by sharing aviation stories and photos on social media. There are several aviation organizations and individuals, holding virtual events or using certain hashtags like #NationalAviationDay to share their aviation experiences with others. Some aviation organization include: NASA, NBAA, AOPA, WAI, Ninety-Nines, Sisters of the Sky, Civil Air Patrol and many more.

The Virginia Department of Aviation posted some aviation memories on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. While we can’t celebrate in person this year, the agency is working hard to continue aviation education programs like scholarships and grants to help those afford their dreams of working in the aviation field. Visit the education page on the agency website for more information.

This year, NBAA is not only acknowledging the contributions of aviation’s pioneers, but is emphasizing the priorities that will carry the industry forward.

“We invite everyone in the industry to celebrate with us today, recognizing the pioneers who created aviation and acknowledging the opportunities that business aviation has given each one of us,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “Let’s also redouble our efforts to create an even better future for our community and the world as a whole,” he concluded.