National Aviation Day
National Aviation Day is an American holiday celebrated on August 19th each year.
It is also Orville Wright’s birthday. Former president Franklin D. Roosevelt was the creator of National Aviation Day, deciding for the first time in 1939 that the nation should celebrate the growth and advancements being made in aviation. Mr. Wright, born in 1871, was still alive when the proclamation was first issued, and would live another nine years.
National Aviation Day is celebrated on August 19th. The First Flight Society National Aviation Day Celebration is normally held at Dare County Regional Airport. The event runs from 10AM-4PM and consists of Airplane Displays, Exhibitors, and Food Trucks.
We encourage citizens to observe the day with activities that promote interest in aviation. FFS recommends that the best way to do this is to celebrate with us at Dare County Regional Airport on Manteo.
In 2019, FFS President Joe Lamothe and Lifetime Member, Peregrine White, spoke with Dare County Current TV reporters about the importance of National Aviation Day and First Flight Society’s role in promoting the legacy…NAD at Dare County Regional Airport
In 2021 one of the highlights will be Warbird rides!
To combine the First Flight Society observation of National Aviation Day and the mission of the Commemorative Air Force, the Capital Wing will bring the queen of its fleet, a TBM-3E Avenger named “Doris Mae” on August 19th and 20th and provide warbird rides to the public. Advance purchases of rides in the TBM can be made online at
We can think of no better way to celebrate National Aviation Day than taking a TBM Ride, especially for a WWII Aviation Enthusiast or Military Veteran. You will be experiencing flight operations from this very airport similar to being there during WWII.
For more information about NAD check out our sister website NationalAviationDay.org