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Aviation in Alabama
Aviation in the United States
Alabama State Flag
Commercial – primary 5
Commercial – non-primary 1
General aviation 65
Other public-use airports 24
Military and other airports 9
First flight
10 March 1910

Alabama's first aeronautical event was on 10 March 1910 with the flight of a Wright biplane flown by Orville Wright in Montgomery, Alabama.


  • 1909: E.T. Odum brings an aircraft to the Alabama State Fair.
  • 15 March 1910: Orville and Wilbur Wright establish the nation's first civilian flying school in Montgomery, Alabama.
  • 1931: Steadham Acker starts the National Air Carnival series of air shows at Birmingham Municipal Airport.
  • 10 July 1991: L'Express Airlines Flight 508 crashed at Birmingham Municipal Airport.

Aircraft Manufacturers


73,000 jobs are based in Alabama in support of aerospace.


  • List of Airports in Alabama

Colleges and Universities

  • Auburn University is home to the nation's oldest continually operated flight school and is the only 4-year aviation degree in the State of Alabama. Recently, Auburn University created the Auburn University Aviation Center. The Aviation Center's objective is to, "...create a robust, visionary aviation program that creates opportunities for students and fosters economic development in the state."

Commercial Service

  • Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport provides air service with 1.4 million operations annually.

Government and Military

Overhead view of Maxwell Field in 1937
  • All flight operations in Alabama are conducted within FAA oversight.
  • Maxwell Air Force Base is the headquarters of Air University (United States Air Force).
  • The Redstone Arsenal supports missile and space operations.
  • The Marshall Space Flight Center supports NASA operations.
  • The U. S. Army Air Corps' Tuskegee Airmen were trained at Tuskegee, Alabama
  • The Alabama State Trooper Aviation Unit was formed in 1975 using four Bell H-13 Sioux and one Cessna 182. The unit currently operates one Bell 206L, one Bell 407, seven OH-58 helicopters and three Cessna 182’s, a Piper Navajo and King Air 200.
  • Cullman City Police Department operates two OH-58, Dale County Sheriff's Office operates 3 OH-58's, Etowah County Sheriff's Office operates one OH-58 and one Cessna 172, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office operates two OH-58's, Limestone County Alabama Sheriff's Office operates one OH-58, Morgan County Sheriff's Office operates one OH-58, Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Aviation Unit operates two OH-58's, Tuscaloosa Alabama Police Department operates two OH-58's


See also (related category): Aerospace museums in Alabama


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