House Aerospace Caucus Celebrates National Paper Airplane Day
WASHINGTON – Today on National Paper Airplane Day, the House Aerospace Caucus is launching a paper airplane to encourage...
Aviation is deeply engrained in American history and innovation. Our aviation and defense industries employ more than 2.1 million skilled Americans, with employees in every state.
The House Aerospace Caucus will work to maintain U.S. global aerospace leadership, highlight the critical work that organizations and employees perform, engage members and staff on challenges facing the industry, and address legislative issues impacting aerospace. The caucus is bipartisan, with members from across the country that have a vested interest in aerospace.
U.S. aerospace and defense powers the U.S. economy, generating $892 billion in combined sales in 2021, in addition to $391 billion in economic value - representing 1.7% of total nominal GDP in the U.S.
Ron Estes (pronounced ESS-tiss) is a 5th generation Kansan and serves Kansas' 4th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, which includes Wichita — the Air Capital of the World.
In Congress, Rep. Estes has been a tireless advocate for aerospace workers and organizations. He successfully thwarted a proposal for so-called "privatization" of the FAA, supporting general aviation, worked fastidiously with stakeholders, government leaders, and the Federal Aviation Administration in the wake of the grounding of the 737 MAX to define a clear process for recertification, and helped preserve Wichita as the Air Capital of the World by introducing and helping pass the Aviation Manufacturing Jobs Protection Act in the House — enacted into law in March 2021.
Wright Brothers make their first flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
First transatlantic flight
President Calvin Coolidge signs the Air Commerce Act, establishing federal control over civil aviation
William P. MacCracken Jr., assistant secretary of commerce for aeronautics, receives Pilot License No. 1, the first private pilot license issued by the federal government
Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo transatlantic non-stop solo flight
Wichita claims the title of Air Capital of the World
First air traffic controller
First flight over the South Pole
Ellen Church, a registered nurse, becomes the first stewardess and the first female crew member aboard a commercial airliner
First radio-controlled airport tower
Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to make a solo crossing of the Atlantic by airplane
Wiley Post completes first solo flight around the world in 7 days, 18 hours, and 49 minutes
Federal Air Traffic Control begins
The VS-300 becomes the world's first practical helicopter
U.S. Army Air Corps forms first Black military flying unit, the Tuskegee Airmen
First piloted supersonic flight
U.S. Air Force established
Dwight D. Eisenhower becomes the first President to employ a helicopter while in office
The U.S. successfully launches Explorer I, the first U.S. earth satellite
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) established
The Federal Aviation Act of 1958 creates the Federal Aviation Administration
Alan Shepard becomes the first American in space
John Glenn Jr. pilots the first manned orbital flight in space
John F. Kennedy becomes the first president to fly in a jet specifically for presidential use
Neil Armstrong becomes the first man to walk on the moon
First international docking in space
Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum opens in Washington, D.C.
The U.S. launches space shuttle Columbia on the first shuttle orbital flight
Sally Ride, Ph.D., becomes the first U.S. woman in space
Wichita State University establishes National Institute for Aviation Research
First successful return and vertical landing of a first-stage rocket
U.S. Space Force established
NASA launches Artemis I, the first launch in a program hoping to return to the moon