Saturday, August 19, 2006
What holiday is it you ask?
Why it's National Aviation Day, what else?
First observed in 1939, during a period known by us airplane geeks as "The Golden Age of Aviation" due to the numerous technological advances made during the period between the two world wars, National Aviation Day was started as a way to commemorate the achievements of aviation's earliest pioneers. December 17th, would have been a better day in my opinion, since that was the day in the monumental year of 19 hundred and 3 when Orville and Wilbur first ventured into the wild blue yonder in a craft that flew under its own power, but August 19th is Orville Wright's birthday. I guess poor Wilbur is just chopped liver. Maybe the people that started the holiday didn't want to compete with Christmas or something?
At any rate, if anyone wants to get me a National Aviation Day present, for the mere price of $139.99 there's this really cool Piper Cub from E-Flite . . . . . . . ;)