Aviation in Arkansas
|Aviation in Arkansas|
|Aviation in the United States|
Arkansas State Flag
|Commercial – primary||4|
|Commercial – non-primary||2|
|Other public-use airports||22|
|Military and other airports||3|
|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.
- 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.
- 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. A "B" grade television movie portrays this event, "Disaster at Silo 7".
- 1 April 1981 Arkansas native, J. Lynn Helms is appointed as director of the FAA, serving through the 1981 Controller strike
- Dassault Aviation maintains a final assembly facility in Little Rock, Arkansas for its Falcon series of jets.
- The Arkansas Aerospace Alliance is part of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.
Government and Military
- All flight operations in Arkansas are conducted within FAA oversight.
- The Arkansas Department of Aeronautics was founded in 1966.
- "Encyclopedia of Arkansas Culture". Retrieved 14 May 2012.
- Heather D. Ferguson. Arkansas City. p. 101.
- "Light on the Road to Damascus" Time magazine, September 29, 1980. Retrieved 2009-10-18
- Disaster At Silo 7 (1988) IMDB Page
- Gordon Baxter (June 1982). "The Arkansas Quick-Draw". Flying Magazine: 76.
- "Arkansas Aerospace Alliance". Retrieved 31 May 2012.
- Karr Shannon (1967). Arkansas almanac: the encyclopedia of Arkansas.
- Lee Ellis. Free Tours, Museums and Sites in America: Southern States Series. p. 44.