In 1910, the Wright Brothers established the nation’s first civilian flight school in Montgomery, Alabama. Since then, the state’s been a launching pad for innovation in the aerospace and aviation industry. NASA, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Airbus and a constantly-growing network of aerospace and aviation companies have taken off in Alabama. Where they’ll take us, we can only imagine.

300+

Aerospace companies from 30+ countries

100+

100+ years of aerospace

& aviation advances

Top 3

state for aerospace 
engineers

$6.4B

in aerospace exports

(2020–2023)

Space exploration and innovation

Alabama has a rich history in aerospace, giving the likes of NASA, Boeing, United Launch Alliance and Blue Origin the space to do what’s never been done before. The state has a vast presence in the space exploration industry, with over 300 aerospace companies and a heritage that dates back to the earliest days of the U.S. rocket program.

Aviation

Around the globe, you can see the impacts of Alabama’s aviation sector. You just have to look to the sky. Airbus’s only U.S. manufacturing facility is right here in Alabama as well as several other aviation manufacturing companies impacting how the world travels.

Defense

Alabama’s strong military presence starts in the labs and takes off from there. The state is home to training centers for U.S. Army helicopter pilots and the major research and engineering center that houses the Army’s critical missile defense programs. Raytheon, Boeing, Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin are developing the missile systems that keep America safe.

NASA
Boeing
Airbus
Blue Origin
Lockheed Martin
United Launch Alliance
GE Aviation
BAE Systems
Raytheon
Aerojet Rocketdyne
Northrop Grumman
Dynetics

Beyond isn’t far enough.

Latest Aerospace & Aviation News

Innovation

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — Defense contractor Lockheed Martin on Thursday marked the opening of the company’s new $18 million engineering facility, labs and demonstration center in Huntsville, reinforcing its already large presence in Alabama.

Why Alabama for Aerospace & Aviation?

Why Alabama?

Alabama is a state of makers, builders, and doers. So, whatever you make or build, you can do it in Alabama. We’re a launching point for aerospace, aviation, and defense. A leader in automotive production. A home for startups, technology, and research breakthroughs. And drawing on our manufacturing roots, we’re helping to usher in the industrial evolution in America.


Alabama’s prime location in the South and on the Gulf Coast grants it nearly unlimited access to the national and international markets. Alabama sits within a one day drive to all of the South and its nearly 150M residents.

Alabama’s strong workforce is a major attraction for businesses worldwide, driven by our commitment to skill development. Industry leaders like Mercedes-Benz and Airbus have benefited from on-site training programs in partnership with state workforce agencies; and our state’s focus on education and industrial training through colleges further strengthens Alabama’s appeal to businesses.


Alabama’s business approach is very inviting, offering global companies incentives, tax benefits, a skilled workforce, and excellent real estate options. Low taxes, affordable utilities, and a reasonable cost of living boost profits, and the state ensure ideal site locations and attractive incentives for long-term success in Alabama.

Alabama’s Business Development Division actively seeks corporate investors, promotes global expansion for local companies, supports small businesses, and collaborates with various stakeholders for comprehensive investor support. The state also engages with communities to enhance competitiveness and contribute significantly to Alabama’s economic growth strategy, making the state attractive to investors, businesses, and job seekers.