Aviation history

Where to celebrate National Aviation Day

Sculpture at the Wright Brothers National Monument _courtesy National Park Service

Sculpture at the Wright Brothers National Monument _courtesy National Park Service

 

Friday, August 19, is not only Orville Wright’s birthday, its National Aviation Day, established in 1939 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to celebrate and commemorate the history and development of aviation in America.

NASA has some ideas on how you can mark the day, as do the people who will be gathering at the Wright Brothers National Memorial in North Carolina, at the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park in Ohio, and at the many other national parks around the country with aviation connections.

On Friday there will be also be activities honoring National Aviation Day in a number of airports around the country.

From 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Miami International Airport is inviting travelers to experience what it feels like to be a pilot instead of just a passenger by offering complimentary rides in two flights simulators on loan from Miami Dade College’s Eig-Watson School of Aviation.

The airport will also be offering a variety of fun and educational aviation-themed activities and handing out paper airplanes and other treats and hosting a photo competition for the best aviation photo.

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport is celebrating National Aviation Day with a Queen City classic:

Between 3 and 5 pm, 2,000 passengers arriving at CVG will receive a complimentary Cheese Coney – a hot dog in a steamed bun topped with mustard, chili, onions, and shredded cheddar cheese – courtesy of the Skyline Chili. Passengers will also be able to pick up aviation-themed giveaways such as pilot’s wings, toy airplanes and bag tags and take selfies with a variety of fun props.

Giant new aviation pavilion at Seattle’s Museum of Flight

Seattle’s sprawling Museum of Flight will double its gallery space with the official opening of a 3-acre Aviation Pavilion this Saturday.

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The 9-story roofed outdoor gallery currently displays 15 commercial and military airplanes, including a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the first Boeng 747 prototype, the only Concorde on the west coast and a FedEx Air Cargo exhibit housed inside a 727 freighter.

Tucked under the wings of the 747 is a mini-airport for kids.

Also on display: a Douglas DC-2 airliner from the 1930s, three big bombers (World War Two’s B-17F Flying Fortress and B-29 Superfortress), and the Cold War’s B-47 Stratojet.

The Museum’s rare, flyable 1932 Boeing 247, Boeing 727 prototype, and the first jet Air Force One will be moved over from the Museum’s Airpark across the street to the Pavilion in the fall.

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Happy 75th Birthday, Reagan Washington National Airport

DCA image

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport turns 75 on June 16, and the party is already underway – with promotions, giveaways, pre-security performances and a special historic aircraft arrival.

In honor of the airport’s founding in 1941, restaurants across the airport are offering “First Class Meal Deal” specials for $19.41 and, as part of a ‘gift with purchase’ promotion, anyone who spends $100 in combined food and retail purchases at the airport can get a free, vintage-style travel bag.

DCA VINTAGE BAG

On Reagan National’s actual anniversary, June 16, passengers on the 75th arriving flight will be treated to music and dance performances and a giveaway at the gate.

The airport will also host the Aero Club of Washington for a lunch on June 16 in the Historic Lobby—the original ticketing area of the airport when it opened—with remarks from Doug Parker, President and CEO of American Airlines.

But wait – there’s more!

dca FLAGSHIP DETROIT

Flagship Detroit, a restored, American Airlines DC-3 aircraft and the same model that opened National Airport 75 years ago will arrive on Wednesday evening, June 15, for display at the Aero Club Lunch.

A full listing of events and promotions is on the DCA website and more details (and giveaways) are already flying on the airport’s Twitter feed.

But for now, here are the restaurants offering $19.41 specials this week:

Sam and Harry’s – Terminal C, pre-security
Legal Sea Foods – Terminal B/C, pre-security
Reservoir – Terminal A, post-security
Page – Terminal A, post-security
U Street Pub – Terminal B/C, post-security
Washington Pour Bar – Terminal C, post-security
Lebanese Taverna – Terminal B/C, post-security
Grill District – Terminal B, post-security
Cibo – Terminal B, pre-security

Shops Offering Promotions this week:

As Kindred Spirits – Terminal B/C, pre-security
America! – Terminal B/C, pre-security
InMotion Entertainment – Terminal B/C, pre-security
Capital Image – Terminal B, pre-security
Landau – Terminal C, pre-security
iTravel 2 – Terminal B, pre-security
Dunkin Donuts – Terminal A, pre-security

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Happy 90th Birthday, United!

United Airlines white chocolate

United Airlines is celebrating its 90th birthday today and, as part of the celebration, there will be special custom birthday cookies for passengers on every domestic flight and all international flights departing the US.

United cookies

 

More details soon, but in the meantime, here’s a link to a fun video showing the dozens of acquired, merged and subsidiary logos/carriers that are part of United Airlines.

United Fly Through TIme video snap

Alaska Airline’s eclipse trip

Alakas Airlines ecllipse

Photo courtesy Alaska Airlines

 

Here’s a great eclipse photo and (below) a video taken from an Alaska Airlines plane during the total solar eclipse on March 8.

To get those photos – and make a planeload of eclipse chasers happy – Alaska Airlines actually changed the path and the timing of Flight 870 from Anchorage to Honolulu so that it would intersect the “path of totality” – the darkest shadow of the moon as it passes over the Earth – at the exact right time.

I think it was definitely worth the trouble!

Video courtesy Mike Kentrianakis / American Astronomical Society.

Want to see a total solar eclipse? There’s one coming up in August 2017 that will sweep across the United States. Start planning now with tips offered on the eclipse2017.org website.