Dear NAA Members and Friends,
The countdown is on to National Aviation Day - August 19, 2021! National Aviation Day was established in 1939 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who issued a proclamation designating the anniversary of Orville Wright's birthday, August 19, 1871, to be a day in which citizens are encouraged to participate in activities that promote interest in aviation. As the aviation industry continues to rebound from the effects of the global pandemic, it is perhaps more important than ever before to celebrate and examine the history of powered flight. Here are some of our favorite suggestions to observe National Aviation Day:

  1. Read a book or memoir about your favorite aviation pioneer.
  2. Visit and explore an aviation museum.
  3. Build a model airplane.
  4. Go "plane-spotting" at a nearby airport.
  5. Watch an aviation documentary.
  6. Take a virtual field trip to the Wright Brothers National Memorial.
  7. Host a kite-flying contest.
  8. Post on social media using #NationalAviationDay.
  9. Attend a local air show or fly-in.
  10. Sign up to volunteer for an aviation organization.

Identifying and honoring our leaders in aerospace with some of America's most important aviation awards is vital to NAA's mission. This process depends heavily on having an excellent group of nominations for the selection committee to review and consider. Any individual can put forth a qualified nominee for NAA awards and we hope that you will consider submitting a nomination by August 31 for the following awards:


For questions regarding NAA awards, please contact Stephanie Griffith, Director of Awards, Events, and Membership at sgriffith@naa.aero. We look forward to receiving your nominations for our industry leaders!

Charles Bolden, Olive Ann Beech, Russ Meyer, Jackie Cochran, Joe Engle, Jimmy Doolittle, and Hap Arnold. Do you know what these aviation and space trailblazers all have in common? They are all NAA award recipients, National Aviation Hall of Fame Enshrinees, and they will be featured on the #MuseumMonday Twitter chat on August 23 at 4:00 p.m. ET. Join moderator Boom Supersonic, along with NAA and the National Aviation Hall of Fame for a lively discussion about these pioneers in flight. If you're new to Twitter chats, you can view a video tutorial here.