Aviation Day This Sunday

Remembering A Rich Aviation History.

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by Your Alaska Link News Team

It was 1939 when President Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed August 19th to be national aviation day.

The day coincides with the birthday of Orville Wright who piloted the Wright flyer. Orville and his brother Wilbur are credited with building the world's first successful airplane with aircraft controls enabling them to steer the plane.

Flight has been a big part of Alaska's history long before statehood.
With 400 public airports across the state and 82 percent of Alaska accessible only by air, flying will continues to be an important part of everyday alaskan life.

One great place to celebrate aviation day is along the shores of Lake Hood at the Alaska Aviation Museum. Executive Director Shari Hart marvels at the aviation history they have to offer. "At the Alaskan Aviation Museum every day is aviation day, its important to just appreciate all that aviation has done for alaska's growth here more than any other state our state depends and relys on aviation"

Hart invites you to learn about the Pilots that made history flying in Alaska and see the planes they flew. "We have more than 25 aircraft and helicopters that you can view here."
More vintage planes are being added all the time. "Right now we have a T-6 Texan that's been totally restored to be authentic just as it was in 1943. It actually flew in the Elmendorf air show and it's on display now so it's pretty exciting"

The Alaska Aviation Museum is located at 4721 Aircraft Drive and will open this Sunday at 9am. The first fifty people to come through the door will get a free poster to commemorate aviation day.