Pan American Aviation Day

Observed on December 17th, Pan American Aviation Day is a federal observance in the United States and its purpose is to stimulate interest in travel throughout the western hemisphere to encourage the exchange of ideas and culture.

Most of the official celebrations that are observed on this day are done so in coordination with Wright Brother’s Day – a holiday that is also observed on the 17th of December. This allows the entire day to have an aviation motif that many people are really going to appreciate – especially if they’re fans of manned human flight.

The History Of Pan American Aviation Day

Pan American Aviation Day was first observed on the 17th of December in 1940. It was observed by showing movies on the subject of aviation, presenting the Collier Trophy to U.S President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and with broadcasts by military officials. It was also observed with a banquet, as well as stamps commemorating the day being sold. The holiday has been observed ever since.

Fast Aviation Facts

Below are some fast aviation facts that we’ve gathered together for your entertainment.

  • Pilots and co-pilots are encouraged to eat separate entrees to avoid potential cases of food poisoning affecting them both.
  • A Boeing 747 has over 6-million different parts.
  • Each engine on a 747 weighs almost 9,500 pounds.

Observing Pan American Aviation Day

It’s common for this holiday to be observed by U.S government officials and offices to celebrate this holiday after the president issues a proclamation on the holiday.

People all across the U.S also observe this holiday by visiting aviation museums, going to special seminars or exhibits about aviation, or simply by spending some time learning about the history of human flight. While they’re celebrating this holiday, they often also use the hashtag #PanAmericanAviationDay on social media to spread the word about it to everyone who follows them.

Where is it celebrated?
United States (Observance)
When is it?
This year (2023)
December 17 Sunday
Next year (2024)
December 17 Tuesday
Last year (2022)
December 17 Saturday