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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

The first aeronautical event in Arkansas 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 has an offer rejected to build a factory in Arkansas City, Arkansas, instead building the company in Wichita, Kansas.
  • 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

Aircraft Manufacturers


  • List of Airports in Arkansas


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

Government and Military

X-32 take-off crop
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.


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