Seventy nine years ago, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared August 19th to be National Aviation Day.  The day was chosen because it was the birthday of Orville Wright, who with his brother Wilbur, solved the riddle of controlled, powered heavier-than-air flight and made humanity’s first such flight in 1903.

Most people who know about aviation history and the Second World War know of the Tuskegee Airmen; the pioneering group of Black pilots trained at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, who went on to fly and fight in the skies over Europe. 

Hobby Airport 1927

In June 1927, Houston Municipal Airport (later renamed Hobby Airport) opens for business on a 193 acre field south of the city of Houston, TX.