Wright Brothers Day is a national observation in the United States. This day is observed as the Wright brother's first successful flight in a heavier than air, mechanically propelled airplane on December 17 near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
Orville and his brother Wilbur were credited for making the world's first successful airplane with aircraft controls that modified them to steer the plane. Wright Brothers named their first aircraft as Flyer. The maiden flight of Flyer was 12 seconds and 37 meters around the site of Wright Brothers National Memorial in North Carolina on the 17th of December in the year 1903. Since 1963, this day is observed to honor Wilbur and Orville Wright.
Though the Wright brothers were not the first to invent and build and fly experimental aircraft, but they were the first to invent aircraft controls that made fixed wing flight possible. In the later years, advancements were made in aviation.
The Wright brothers set the path for modern day aeronautics. The Wright brothers status as inventors of the airplane has been as issue of debate then, particularly because there were competing claims with regard to early aviators.
Wright Brothers Day is celebrated on the 17th of December each year. The President of the United States makes a announcement annually to observe the Wright Brothers Day with suitable ceremonies and activities. The Wright Brothers dinner takes place annually in Washington DC on this day where the Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy is given away.
Celebrations also take place at Kitty Hawk in North Carolina, the birth city of the Wright Brothers. The planned events for this day take place at Wright Brothers National Memorial that is spread over an area of 425-acre, which features a 60-foot granite pylon tower on top of Kill Devil Hill. This was the place where Wright Brothers Camp was located.
Other activities to celebrate the Wright Brothers Day include luncheons in honor of the Wright brothers; the school activities also focus on aviation and the achievements of the Wright brothers in opening doors for future flight innovations. Field trips to aviation centers and flight museums also form a part of Wright Brothers Day celebration in the United States.