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    AIAA Marks National Aviation Day
    Salutes All Who Work to Make Aviation the Powerful Engine that Moves our World

    The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) celebrates National Aviation Day today, Tuesday, August 19th, the anniversary of the birth of Orville Wright. This day honors all who work in aviation and aerospace, and commemorates the sacrifices of the early aviation pioneers who first dared to prove that powered flight was possible.

    “Aviation has transformed our world – from bringing people closer together, to speeding commerce, to ensuring a strong national defense, the aviation enterprise shapes all of our lives,” said AIAA President Jim Albaugh. “On this day, I hope all Americans take a minute to pause and reflect on how different our lives would be if Orville and Wilbur Wright and all of the other early pioneers of aviation had accepted the belief that humans could not fly. AIAA salutes those pioneers who went against convention, pursuing and achieving flight, as well as all who work today to ensure that aviation remains the powerful engine that moves our world.”

    For suggested celebratory activities, please visit 6 Ways to Celebrate National Aviation Day.

    President Franklin Delano Roosevelt first proclaimed National Aviation Day in 1939.


    About AIAA
    AIAA is the largest aerospace professional society in the world, serving a diverse range of more than 35,000 individual members from 80 countries, and 100 corporate members. AIAA members help make the world safer, more connected, more accessible, and more prosperous. For more information, visit, or follow us on Twitter @AIAA.



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