One hundred and fifteen years ago today, on December 17, 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright, two American brothers from Dayton, Ohio, changed history.
By launching their hand built plane and achieving powered flight for 12 seconds, the aviation-era began. However, today, many look back at this momentous occasion and forget about the time where ships and land travel were the primary modes of transportation. Times sure have changed.
To celebrate this occasion, December 17, 2018, is Wright Brother Day per a Presidential Proclamation. This national day was approved and adopted by Congress by a joint resolution on December 17, 1963. Click here to read the Presidential Proclamation for 2018.
Also, for information on visiting the Wright Brothers National Memorial in North Carolina, please visit this National Park service link.
The author, US Air Force retired Brigadier General Carl Buhler is the CEO of Buhler Consulting, LLC which specializes in providing aerospace, aircraft maintenance, supply, logistics and production consulting services. Carl enjoys history and enjoys visiting the Wright Brothers National Memorial in North Carolina. He is a member of the Air Force Association.