National Aviation Day
In 1939, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt declared August 19 National Aviation Day, in honor of the birthday of Orville Wright, co-inventor of the airplane. Here in New York, Orville’s brother, Wilbur, had piloted the first flight over water, 30 years earlier. Strapping a canoe to the bottom of the plane, he took off from Governors Island and circled the Statue of Liberty, before landing safely. Since then, New York has become one of the busiest air traffic hubs in the world, with two airports in the city – LaGuardia and JFK – and two others serving the metro area – Islip and Newark.
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