December 7 is International Civil Aviation Day in commemoration of the signing the Convention on International Civil Aviation on December 7, 1944, three years to the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
According to the International Civil Aviation website, “The Second World War was a powerful catalyst for the technical development of the aeroplane. A vast network of passenger and freight carriage was set up during this period, but there were many obstacles, both political and technical, to evolving these facilities and routes to their new civilian purposes.
Subsequent to several studies initiated by the United States, as well as various consultations it undertook with its Major Allies, the U.S. government extended an invitation to 55 States to attend an International Civil Aviation Conference in Chicago in 1944.
These delegates met during a still-violent period of WWII and travelled to Chicago at great personal risk. Many of the countries they represented were still occupied.
In the end, 54 of the 55 States invited attended the Chicago Conference, and by its conclusion, on 7 December 1944, 52 nations had signed the new Convention on International Civil Aviation which had been realized.”
If you want to see some really cool futuristic ideas and photos, visit the Charles Bombardier Portal in the International Civil Aviation Website. ATTENTION TEACHERS: You can also find information about the prototype design competition.