October 5th Balloons Around The World Day

October 5th Balloons Around The World Day

This reminds me of “Around the World in 80 Days”. In that movie, most of the travel was by balloon. The day is always celebrated the 1st Wednesday of October, celebrating Michael Faraday for his rubber balloon filled with hydrogen in 1824. His flight was done in the name of the Royal Institute of London. The balloon has been used for all sorts of duties. Travel. War, Weather, Mapping… Today it’s used more for entertainment purposes and dusk flights with a picnic supper can be very romantic. Helium is a little safer than hydrogen though.

How to celebrate – Take a balloon flight. Read about the history of the balloon. Watch the sky and see if you can spot any balloons flying.

August 23rd National Ride The Wind Day

August 23rd National Ride The Wind Day

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Today is not the type of day I thought it would be at all. It is all about human powered flight machines. Hang gliders and bicycle type flying machines allow you to literally, ride the wind. The Gossamer Condor 2 currently holds the record flying at 11 miles per hour and going 2,172 meters in Minter Field, California.

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The article about the Condor 2 does not say how the landing was. So maybe man really can fly… albeit with a little help from Mother Nature and a few well-placed pedals.

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How to celebrate – Learn how to hang glide. Build your own bicycle flying machine. Estimate how long it would take to fly from coast to coast in the U.S. using the Condor 2.

 

August 19th National Aviation Day

August 19th National Aviation Day

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Today we celebrate all those aviators that have led to our advancement in air travel and even into space. The day was created by President F. D. Roosevelt in 1939 to honor Orville Wright who was born August 19th, 1871. (Bet that didn’t make Wilbur very happy).

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If you think about the world of flight it really is amazing that we have come so far in such a short time considering the belief that man was never meant to fly.

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How to celebrate – Read more about the Wright Brothers. See how many famous aviators you can name. Take some flying lessons. (You never know when it may come in handy)

August 19th National Aviation Day

August 19th National Aviation Day

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Today we celebrate all those aviators that have led to our advancement in air travel and even into space. The day was created by President F. D. Roosevelt in 1939 to honor Orville Wright who was born August 19th, 1871. (Bet that didn’t make Wilbur very happy).

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If you think about the world of flight it really is amazing that we have come so far in such a short time considering the belief that man was never meant to fly.

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How to celebrate – Read more about the Wright Brothers. See how many famous aviators you can name. Take some flying lessons. (You never know when it may come in handy)