BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Ever since 1939, Aug. 19 has been celebrated as National Aviation Day, due to a presidential proclamation made by Franklin Roosevelt.
Selected on the 19th because of Orville Wright’s birthday, it was the Wright brothers who paved the way in the aviation industry.
Looking back on history, the Prairie Aviation Museum in Bloomington has been finding ways for years to locally share how the industry has taken flight.
“It’s kind of neat to look at how aviation has changed in well over 100 years,” said John Eckley, President and Volunteer at the Prairie Aviation Museum. “Gone from two wings that barely moved in the air and they kinda stayed up […] to today thousands of miles an hour during full throttle acceleration. And that’s quite a change.”
Looking ahead, Eckerly says the future of the aviation industry is uncertain, but will most likely continue the new wave of technology. For now though, he says the museum will continue to be a place to learn and have fun.
If you’re interested in getting an up-close look in the aircraft cockpits, you can attend one of their open cockpit days on the third Saturday of the month through Oct. 19.
For more information on the museum and their mission, you can head here.