Aviation in Alabama
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- 1909: E.T. Odum brings an aircraft to the Alabama State Fair.
- 15 March 1910: Orville and Wilbur Wright establish the first powered flight 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.
- Boeing manufactures the Delta IV rocket in Decatur, Alabama.
- Continental Motors, Inc., Mobile, Alabama 1929- Major producer of aircraft engines for general aviation aircraft.
73,000 jobs are based in Alabama in support of aerospace.
- National Space Science and Technology Center a joint research venture between NASA and the seven research universities of the state of Alabama.
- Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport provides air service with 1.4 million operations annually.
Government and Military
- 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 TH-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
- The Southern Museum of Flight is located in Birmingham, Alabama and houses the Alabama Aviation Hall of Fame.
- The United States Army Aviation Museum is located on Fort Rucker near Ozark, Alabama.
- The U.S. Space & Rocket Center is located in Huntsville, Alabama