Aviation in Virginia

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Aviation in Virginia
Aviation in the United States
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Commercial – primary9
General aviation66
Military and other airports11
First flight
7 May 1801 (Balloon), 3 Sept 1908 Heavier than air

Virginia's first aeronautical event was in Williamsburg, Virginia, when a balloon flight was launched from the College of William & Mary using wine spirits for fuel.[1]


Orville demonstrating the flyer to the U.S. Army, Fort Myer, Virginia September 1908. Photo: by C.H. Claudy.

Aircraft Manufacturers[edit]

  • Dynamic Aviation


Wallops Flight Facility and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.


Commercial Service[edit]



  • Virginia Aeronautic Historical Society[2]
  • Virginia Airport Operators Council[3]

Government and Military[edit]

  • All flight operations in Virginia are conducted within FAA oversight.
  • The Virginia Department of Aviation manages state airport policy.[4]
  • The Virginia Air National Guard is the Air Reserve Component of the U.S. Air Force.




  1. ^ "First Balloon Flight in Virginia". Retrieved 1 September 2014.
  2. ^ "Virginia Aeronautic Historical Society". Retrieved 1 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Virginia Airport Operators Council". Retrieved 1 September 2014.
  4. ^ "VDOA". Retrieved 1 September 2014.