Aviation in Arkansas

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Aviation in Arkansas
Aviation in the United States
Arkansas State Flag
Commercial – primary4
Commercial – non-primary2
General aviation71
Other public-use airports22
Military and other airports3
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.[1]


Aircraft Manufacturers[edit]



Commercial Service[edit]


  • The Arkansas Aerospace Alliance is part of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.[6]

Government and Military[edit]

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.[7]



  1. ^ "Encyclopedia of Arkansas Culture". Retrieved 14 May 2012.
  2. ^ Heather D. Ferguson. Arkansas City. p. 101.
  3. ^ "Light on the Road to Damascus" Time magazine, September 29, 1980. Retrieved 2009-10-18
  4. ^ Disaster At Silo 7 (1988) IMDB Page
  5. ^ Gordon Baxter (June 1982). "The Arkansas Quick-Draw". Flying Magazine: 76.
  6. ^ "Arkansas Aerospace Alliance". Retrieved 31 May 2012.
  7. ^ Karr Shannon (1967). Arkansas almanac: the encyclopedia of Arkansas.
  8. ^ Lee Ellis. Free Tours, Museums and Sites in America: Southern States Series. p. 44.