Pan American Aviation Day - December 17
Sun, Dec 17, 2023

Pan American Aviation Day

On December 17, we celebrate Pan American Aviation Day, which commemorates the Wright brothers’ first powered flight in 1903. This event changed the world and ushered in a new era of aviation. Today, we celebrate the amazing innovations in aviation and give thanks for the incredible invention of the airplane.


In 1903, two brothers, who had dreamed of building a flying machine since childhood, flew their device in North Carolina. This was facilitated by many years of development and study of the sphere, eminent engineers were involved. Attempts were not always successful, but the men achieved their goal and introduced the Flyer aircraft to the world. It was a real resonance, which paved the way for new, more complex designs. Today, flying over the cities of different countries, each passenger must send a mental gratitude for the work of aircrew!

Pan American Aviation Day was founded by US President Franklin Roosevelt. It was first celebrated in 1940. Today, like many years ago, Americans and people from all over the world remember the date and continue to tell others about it. The holiday emphasizes the importance of the development of aviation in the states of the Pan American Union. The mission is simple: to unite people of different cultures and establish communication for new achievements.

Interesting facts

Amazing things about planes:

  • The largest airliner is Airbus A It can accommodate 853 passengers.
  • Some models are able to cover enormous distances without additional refueling – approximately 15 km.
  • Complex equipment is designed for lightning strikes. You may not even notice it in flight.
  • About 10 million flights are made in about a year.
  • One aircraft requires millions of parts.
  • The air is always dry on board – it may seem to people that the dishes have lost their taste.

How to take part

Learn more about aviation at Pan American Aviation Day. Gather with friends and visit museums. Buy a plane ticket and go to a distant city. Help the people around you to cope with their fear of flying.

When is Pan American Aviation Day celebrated in 2023?

Pan American Aviation Day is observed on December 17 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Sunday December 17 2023
Tuesday December 17 2024
Wednesday December 17 2025
Thursday December 17 2026