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National Aviation Day in United States Aug 19th

National Aviation Day is a federal observance but it is not a public holiday in the United States.

Background

In 1939 President Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed August 19 to be National Aviation Day. The day coincides with the birthday of Orville Wright, who piloted the Wright Flyer. He and his brother Wilbur are given credit for building the world’s first successful airplane with aircraft controls that enabled them to steer the plane. Orville Wright made the first flight for 12 seconds and 120 feet around the site of Wright Brothers National Memorial on December 17, 1903. They were not the first to build and fly experimental aircraft but they are the first to invent aircraft controls that made fixed wing flight possible. The Wright brothers' status as inventors of the airplane has been an issue of debate, particularly as there were competing claims regarding other early aviators. Another national observation in the United States is Wright Brothers Day on December 17 each year. Each year the president may issue a proclamation to: designate August 19 as National Aviation Day; call on government officials to display the flag of the United States on all government buildings on the day; and invite people living in the United States to observe the day with appropriate exercises to further stimulate interest in aviation in the United States.

Symbols

Images of early flight pioneers (including the Wright brothers), airplanes and other flight vehicles, aviation industry workers (such as pilots) and any other images linked with the aviation industry have been seen on material used to promote National Aviation Day.

Getting Ready for Reno 2010

All of us @ classicwarbirds.net  are real excited about the upcoming Reno Air Races. We plan on bringing all our viewers the full Reno experience. We just obtained our Media Passes ,so we can't wait to go.We are planing on a 5 day visit out to Stead this year. More to come soon.

B-29 Superfortress “Fi Fi” returns to the air.

MIDLAND, TEXAS (Aug. 5, 2010). –The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) is proud to announce the return to flight for FIFI, “the Queen of the Fleet.” The world’s only flyable Boeing B-29 Superfortress returned to the skies early Thursday morning for its first flight since 2004. “It is an emotional day at the CAF for our volunteer-members and staff,” said CAF President Stephan Brown. “There were more than a few tears of joy shed by those who have worked over these past few years to see FIFI fly again. Today is a new beginning for this historic warbird. Thanks to the dedication of our members and the support of Jim Cavanaugh, the B-29 can once again return to telling the stories of the men and women who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.” Film by Hangar Workshop Productions, Gerald Oliver

Reno Races are back Sept 16-19 2010. Please visit our slide show from last year..

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Air shows and other flying events are pretty much the same.  No matter where you go, air shows are similar.  A few locals flying, a military jet, some over priced food and if you are lucky, one or two professional acrobatic acts.  The Reno Air Races are like nothing else on this planet or any other. Since 1964, every September the Skies just north of Reno Nevada are transformed into one of the greatest aviation and motorsports events in the country.  This year from September 15th to the 19th the races will be on.  Last year, Steve Hinton (Jr of course), Stevo  as every one at Reno calls him,won as the youngest pilot to win the Unlimited Class.  He’s a heck of a nice guy and very talented pilot, plus he can fly P-51 Strega very fast.  I did hear that John Penny wants the trophy for himself and Rare Bear, so it’s going to be a great race again this year.  We shall see what happens? Read more »