Aviation
One of the world's largest helicopter manufacturers for both civilian and defense products. Owned by the diversified manufacturing and research and development company Textron, Inc. This is the main plant and headquarters for the company, which has additional plant locations at Mirabel Airport...
The Boeing Commercial Aircraft Division complex at the north end of Paine Field in Everett includes what is called the most capacious building in the world (enclosing a volume of 600 million cubic feet on 96 acres). The 11-story high building was constructed in 1968 to house the assembly of the 747...
Light aircraft manufacturer Cessna has built more aircraft than any other company, and more than half of the aircraft currently flying in the world are Cessnas. The company, owned by Textron, Inc., has its primary manufacturing facility here at Wichita's Mid Continent Airport.
Crows Landing was once a 1,500 acre NASA facility in the Central Valley of California, which was subsequently transferred to Stanislaus County in 1999, after extensive environmental cleanup. Plans are ongoing to develop the site for use as an industrial business park, with possible general aviation...
One site in the network of inflated static aircraft (aerostats) that are raised aloft and cabled in place (tethered), for use as radar stations along the USA/Mexico border. Currently managed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, TARS' primary mission is to detect small aircraft entering into the...
The 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG) at Davis-Monthan operates the largest aircraft "junkyard" in the world, a 2,600-acre site with typically around 4,200 military aircraft belonging to all branches of the U.S. military. Some are stored as part of a mothball fleet, while...
This small airport is used for flight testing related to the development of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), which are small, remotely operated aircraft used primarily for intelligence gathering (though also for weapons delivery). Facilities consist of small hangar structures, support buildings,...
A research and development facility run by the FAA. At any one time, about 150 projects are underway. The installation covers 5059 acres consisting of laboratories, test facilities, support facilities, an airplane hanger and the Atlantic International Airport. The center also has a heating and air...
Gray Butte may be the largest private unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) airport in the USA. It is General Atomics' main test center, where the company’s Predator and Reaper UAVs are regularly flown. The company has operated for years out of the nearby El Mirage Lake airport, which it developed with the...
Luke AFB calls itself the largest fighter training base in the world, which it may be, though Nevada's Nellis Air Force Base is also big. With 215 aircraft, mostly F-16's, and over 8,000 personnel, the base uses the 2.7 million acre Barry M. Goldwater Range in southwestern Arizona for training....
A growing network of inflated static aircraft (aerostats) that are raised aloft and cabled in place (tethered), for use as radar stations along the USA/Mexico border. Operated by the Air Force and the US Customs service, TARS' primary mission is to detect small aircraft entering into the country...
A network of inflated static aircraft (aerostats) that are raised aloft and cabled in place (tethered), for use as radar stations along the USA/Mexico border. Previously operated jointly by the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) until 2013, when U.S. Customs and Border...
Headquarters and main plant for Vought Aircraft, since 1994 a division of defense company Northrop Grumman, until 2000, when it was acquired by the Carlyle Group. In 2010, Carlyle sold Vought to Triumph Group for $984 million, resulting in the company being rechristened as Triumph Aerostructures -...