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Aviation in Arkansas

Aviation in Arkansas
Aviation in the United States
Arkansas State Flag
Commercial – primary 4
Commercial – non-primary 2
General aviation 71
Other public-use airports 22
Military and other airports 3
First flight
1870 - Hot air balloon

Arkansas first aeronautical event was the flight of a balloon around 1870 in Yell county. The first heavier than air flight was by James C. “Bud” Mars on 21 May 1910.[1]


  • July 1930, Walter Herschel Beech, founder of Beechcraft is turned down to build a factory in Arkansas City, Arkansas, building the company in Wichita, Kansas instead.[2]
  • September 19, 1980, a major mishap occurred after a socket rolled off a platform and punctured a Titan II Stage I fuel tank, subsequently causing the entire silo to explode, killing an Air Force airman, SrA David Livingston, and destroying the silo near Damascus, Arkansas.[3] A "B" grade television movie portrays this event, "Disaster at Silo 7".[4]
  • 1 April 1981 Arkansas native, J. Lynn Helms is appointed as director of the FAA, serving through the 1981 Controller strike[5]

Aircraft Manufacturers



Commercial Service


  • The Arkansas Aerospace Alliance is part of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.[6]

Government and Military

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The Boeing X-32B taking off from Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas
  • All flight operations in Arkansas are conducted within FAA oversight.
  • The Arkansas Department of Aeronautics was founded in 1966.[7]



  1. ^ "Encyclopedia of Arkansas Culture". Retrieved 14 May 2012. 
  2. ^ Heather D. Ferguson. Arkansas City. p. 101. 
  3. ^ "Light on the Road to Damascus" Time magazine, September 29, 1980. Retrieved 2009-10-18
  4. ^ Disaster At Silo 7 (1988) IMDB Page
  5. ^ Gordon Baxter (June 1982). "The Arkansas Quick-Draw". Flying Magazine: 76. 
  6. ^ "Arkansas Aerospace Alliance". Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  7. ^ Karr Shannon (1967). Arkansas almanac: the encyclopedia of Arkansas. 
  8. ^ Lee Ellis. Free Tours, Museums and Sites in America: Southern States Series. p. 44.