Flyover country

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This article is about the term. For the song by Jason Aldean, see Fly Over States.
Aerial view of Arkansas, part of "flyover country", as seen by an airline passenger

Flyover country, flyover states, and Flyoverland are American phrases describing the parts of the United States between the East and the West Coasts. The terms, which are often used pejoratively, refer to the interior regions of the country passed over during transcontinental flights, particularly flights between the nation's two most populous urban agglomerations, the Northeastern Megalopolis and Southern California. "Flyover country" thus refers to the part of the country that some Americans only view by air and never actually see in person at ground level.[1][2]

Although the term is most commonly associated with states located in the geographic center of the country, the states with the most planes flying over without taking off or landing are located on the East Coast, with number one being Virginia followed by Maryland, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania.[3] This is explained by the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia's status as the busiest airport in the world, and the large volume of flights from major cities in the Northeast to Atlanta.[3] Additionally, flights to Caribbean destinations from the Toronto Pearson International Airport account for many of Virginia's flyovers.[3]

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Further reading[edit]

  • de Wit, Cary W. (2007). "Flyover country". In Sisson, Richard; Zacher, Christian K.; Cayton, Andrew Robert Lee. The American Midwest: an interpretive encyclopedia. Indiana University Press. pp. 66–68. ISBN 978-0-253-34886-9. 
  • Robertson, David (2004). "FLYOVER COUNTRY". In Wishart, David J. Encyclopedia of the Great Plains. University of Nebraska Press. p. 386. ISBN 978-0-8032-4787-1.