When the airplane was first invented in 1903 and the airline industry began to (literally) take off, the world became more connected than ever before. For the first time, people from all over the world were given the opportunity to experience new cultures, languages and ways of life. Aviation truly broadened the human experience and perspective. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt recognized the power of flight and the aviation pioneers who contributed to its cultural significance in 1939 when he issued a presidential proclamation, declaring August 19, National Aviation Day. The goal of the holiday was to celebrate the development of aviation and pay tribute to the anniversary of aviation pioneer Orville Wright’s birthday.
On December 17, 1903, at Kill Devils Hill near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, the Wright brothers successfully completed the first powered flight with their aircraft, the Wright Flyer. The flight only lasted 12 seconds, traveled 120 feet and reached 6.8 miles per hour, but nonetheless, it was a groundbreaking moment for the future of flying. The Wright Brothers’ successful invention catapulted the world into the aviation age.
Today, the United States boasts 59 airlines, 18 of them classified as major carriers with over one billion U.S. dollars in revenue.
In celebration of National Aviation Day and in honor of the many aviators who have worked hard to advance the industry, the all in one travel app, App in the Air, is offering a once in a lifetime opportunity. App in the Air wants to transform aviation geeks into the next generation of innovators and pilots. Starting August 19, we’re offering aviation enthusiasts from all across the US and UK a chance to win a one-on-one flight lesson in their home state.
Interested in flying like the Wright Brothers? All you have to do is answer one question…what do you love about aviation? For extra bonus points, entrants who happen to have the last name ‘Wright’ will receive an additional bonus entry — for being a literal ‘Wright’ of 2021. You can enter right here.
Fasten your seatbelts and get ready for takeoff!