Aviation in Delaware

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Aviation in Delaware
Aviation in the United States
Delaware State Flag
Commercial – primary0
Commercial – non-primary1
General aviation3
Other public-use airports6
Military and other airports1
First flight
21 October 1910

The history of aviation in Delaware begins with the first aeronautical event of the flight of Robie Seidelinger in an aircraft of his own design, the Delaplane, on 21 October 1910 at Wawaset Park, Wilmington.[1]


  • 1931 Clyde Edward Pangborn and Hugh Herndon make the first flight across the Pacific in a Delaware built Bellanca J2 as part of a round-the world record attempt.
  • 1941 Delaware native George Welch became the first fighter pilot to respond to the bombing at Pearl Harbor.
  • 1943 Women Airforce Service Pilots is formed by Jacqueline Cochran with the merger of the 319th Women’s Flying Training Detachment and the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron, 2nd Ferrying Group.

Aircraft manufacturers[edit]

Bellanca Aircraft, 1927–present, was based out of New Castle, Delaware during its most influential period from 1928 to 1954.


Many aerospace companies are incorporated in Delaware because of favorable tax status.


Commercial service[edit]

Wilmington Airport in northern Delaware is the state's only commercial airport and has seen prior service from airlines including Delta, and United and Skybus. In June 2013, Frontier Airlines began service from the airport to numerous destinations throughout the country. This ended a five-year stretch in which Delaware was the only state in the union without commercial service. Frontier Airlines ended service from the airport in April 2015.[3]


Government and military[edit]




  1. ^ "US airport Dedication Covers". Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2011.
  2. ^ "United Technologies Delaware" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 October 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2011.
  3. ^ "Frontier Airlines pulls out of Delaware's New Castle Airport". CNBC. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  4. ^ http://www.eaa240.org
  5. ^ http://www.delawareaviationsupport.org/
  6. ^ "Delaware State Police". Archived from the original on 4 June 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2011.