The Wright Brothers Day is annually celebrated in the United States on December 17 to commemorate the historic flight made by Orville and Wilbur Wright on that date in 1903.
This day is celebrated in the United States on December 17 each year.
The date commemorates the Wright brothers’ first successful flight in heavier-than-air, mechanically propelled craft, accomplished on December 17, 1903, near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
Orville 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.
The brothers’ first aircraft, named Flyer, made its maiden flight for 12 seconds and 120 feet (about 36-37 meters) around the site of Wright Brothers National Memorial in North Carolina.
The President of the US annually makes a proclamation inviting Americans to observe Wright Brothers Day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.
The Wright Brothers dinner where the Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy is awarded in Washington D.C. Celebrations are held at Kitty Hawk in North Carolina and in Dayton, Ohio, which is the brother’s birthplace.
Events also take place at the Wright Brothers National Memorial, a 425-acre that features a 60-foot granite tower on top of Kill Devil Hill, where the Wright Brothers’ camp was located.
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