Wright Brothers Day

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Wright Brothers Day (December 17) is a United States national observation. It is codified in the US Code, and commemorates the first successful flights in a heavier-than-air, mechanically propelled airplane, the Wright Flyer, that were made by Orville and Wilbur Wright on December 17, 1903, near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.[1] On September 24, 1959, U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower declared December 17 to be Wright Brothers Day.[2]

Wright Brothers Day was announced as an official commemorative day in Ohio, on October 5, 2011, celebrating 100 years of practical flight for the Wright Brothers.

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  1. ^ 36 U.S.C. § 143
  2. ^ Air Progress: 66. August 1989. {{cite journal}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)