International Civil Aviation Day | December 7

This day raises awareness of the importance of international civil aviation (non-military) to the social and economic development of States and the role of supporting a global rapid transit network at the service of all mankind. Aviation is an important part of global connectivity and sustainable development, particularly with respect to emissions.

Stories About Civil Aviation Heroes

Chesley Sullenberger

By: Zac from San Diego

Airline Captain Chealsey Sullenberger saved all 155 of his passengers by crash-landing in the Hudson River after a bird strike disabled both engines.

The Wright Brothers

By: Grace Wang

Orville and Wilbur Wright are credited with building and flying the first successful airplane.

Amelia Earhart: The Queen of the Air

By: Shriya Selvakumar

Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

Elena Caragiani-Stoenescu

By: Andreea Minzat, High School Dej, Romania

Elena Caragiani-Stoenescu was the first woman pilot from Romania. [This story is also available in Spanish.]

These Stories Have Audio So You Can Listen as You Read Along

Jerrie Mock

By: Shanie from Mission Viejo
Jerrie Mock was the first woman to fly solo around the world.

James Herman Banning

By: Russ from Spokane
James Herman Banning was an early African American aviator.

Elise and Kira Share Stories of Their Aviation Family Member Heroes

Al Williams
By: Elise, grade 5, from Canada

"He saved thousands of people in many rescues like ship fires, stranded at sea or even missing in a forest."

Todd Thornton

By: Kira

"He is now a pilot and works for United. He travels very far for his job now to places like Canada, Mexico City, Denver, and he has gone to Africa."

Organizer created on 10/11/2018 8:38:46 PM by Xenia Shin

Last edited 11/24/2019 11:44:17 PM by Shannon Luders-Manuel