Aviation in Delaware
|Aviation in Delaware|
|Aviation in the United States|
Delaware State Flag
|Commercial – primary||0|
|Commercial – non-primary||1|
|Other public-use airports||6|
|Military and other airports||1|
|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.
- 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.
Many aerospace companies are incorporated in Delaware because of favorable tax status.
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.
- Delaware Aviation Hall of Fame
- Experimental Aircraft Association chapter 240 is based out of Wilmington Delaware.
- Delaware Aviation Support, Inc.
Government and military
- All flight operations in Delaware are conducted within FAA oversight.
- The Delaware State Police operates 3 Bell 407, 1 Bell 412, and 1 Cessna 182 in police and medical evacuations.
- The Delaware Air National Guard operates out of New Castle Airport (ILG).
- Air Mobility Command museum at Dover Air Force Base
- Delaware Aviation Museum at Delaware Coastal Airport
- "US airport Dedication Covers". Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2011.
- "United Technologies Delaware" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 October 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2011.
- "Frontier Airlines pulls out of Delaware's New Castle Airport". CNBC. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
- "Delaware State Police". Archived from the original on 4 June 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2011.