Celebrate the anniversary of the Wright brothers’ first flight

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When: Dec. 17

What: On Dec. 17, 1903, the Wright brothers took a flight that changed the history of aviation forever. Orville and Wilbur lifted off in the first powered airplane ride, lasting 12 seconds. Thanks to their short ride, people all over the world today can hop on a plane and be anywhere in a matter of hours. Celebrate aviation and flying on the anniversary of the Wright brothers’ first powered flight.

Background: The Wright brothers were pioneers in aviation. They built the world’s first successful airplane and invented the three-axis control, which allowed a pilot to effectively steer an aircraft. Due to their innovation, modern day travel has become a convenience that most citizens enjoy.

Story Pitch: A number of groups and organizations can pitch around the Wright brothers and their flight. Travel agencies will want to make note of the anniversary, offering travel scheduling sessions for clients. They can promote how the brothers’ achievement impacts travel today. Airlines can also run discounts on tickets during this time as a tribute to the duo. Meanwhile, engineering organizations can also promote their services and contributions to society.

Story Hook: According to the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, more than 87,000 flights fly through the skies of the United States on any given day.

  • What are the benefits of flight over other travel means, such as by car or train?
  • In general, how long does a cross-country flight take or an international flight?
  • What are some modern conveniences offered on commercial flights?
  • What’s the difference in price for flying first class or economy?

Tips: Someone who flies frequently can offer suggestions on how to make travel and flight more comfortable. In addition, a pilot or airline employee can offer tips on how to travel light.


Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
(301) 695-2000

U.S. Travel Association
(202) 408-8422

World Tourism Organization

World Travel & Tourism Council

–Researched, compiled & written by Kimberly Cooper
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