Aviation in Rhode Island
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|Aviation in Rhode Island|
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|1856 - Balloon|
Rhode Island's first aeronautical event was a flight by James Allen in 1856 in a hot air balloon.
- 1896, Edson Fessenden Gallaudet demonstrated a wing warping glider four years before the Wright Brothers. The glider is on display at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.
- 1916, Providence born pilot, Godfrey DeCourcelles Chevalier participates in the first production catapult launches.
- Gallaudet Aircraft Company (-1923), Merged with Consolidated Aircraft in 1923.
- Textron, Providence, Rhode Island, (1923-) is a conglomerate that includes Bell Helicopter, E-Z-GO, Cessna Aircraft Company, and Greenlee, among others.
- T. F. Green Airport has nearly four million passenger movements per year.
- List of Airports in Rhode Island
- New England Airlines provides regional air service.
Government and Military
- All flight operations in Rhode Island are conducted within FAA oversight.
- The Rhode Island Air National Guard was founded 1915 operating two Curtiss flying boats.
- Former Governor Bruce Sundlun served as a Boeing B-17 gunner in World War II. Later becoming a partner in Executive Jet Aviation.
- The Rhode Island Airport Corporation operates a Bell 407 Helicopter in support of all state agencies.
- The Rhode Island Airport Corporation enforces the provisions of the Uniform Aeronautical Regulatory Act (UAR).
- Quonset Air Museum