Since 1939 – the 19th of August has been deemed the official day to celebrate aviation’s progress and development. This special holiday was appropriately named “National Aviation Day” by none other than President Franklin Roosevelt. That day was chosen specifically by Roosevelt because it coincides with the birthday of Orville Wright, who together with his brother Wilbur Wright, is considered one of the founders of aviation. (Wikipedia)
Just the Numbers
To celebrate the 75th anniversary of National Aviation Day, Kansas News, in partnership with CIT Aerospace, came up with some impressive aviation statistics. A lot has changed since The Wright Brothers took their first flights in 1903.
»1.5 million: The number of people in the air on planes at any one time
»238.6 feet: The length of the mega Airbus A380, which is as long as eight buses and has enough room on its wings to park 70 cars
»5 percent: Percentage of the world’s population that has ever been on an airplane
»6 million: The number of parts it takes to make a Boeing 747
»94 Million: Passenger volume last year at the world’s busiest airport — Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
»1784: The first recorded flight by a woman, Elisabeth Thible, a French opera singer who rode in a hot air balloon
»207 feet: The world distance record for a paper airplane flight, held by Stephen Krieger from the U.S
»33 hours, 30 minutes: The time it took Charles Lindbergh to fly across the Atlantic in 1927
Now its Your Turn
Sawyer Aviation is proud to have been part of aviation history since 1961. What better way for you to celebrate this national holiday than spending some time above the clouds? Contact us at 1-877-FLY-SAWYER to book your next flight. Celebrate National Aviation Day the “Wright” way – above the clouds.