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Oklahoma has the largest defense air depot in the U.S.

Why is that?

Aerospace & Defense

Soaring to Success

Oklahoma has a legacy of aerospace innovation and success dating back more than 100 years, with pioneers like Wiley Post, who launched his career of exploring the limits of high-altitude, long-distance flight in our state. Today, some of the world’s most successful aerospace companies operate in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Aerospace & Defense Quick Facts

  • The Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center at Tinker Air Force Base is the largest depot in the U.S. Department of Defense.
  • More than 120,000 Oklahomans employed by companies in the aerospace and defense industry.
  • The Oklahoma Air & Spaceport has the only FAA approved space flight corridor in the National Airspace System not within restricted airspace or Military Operating Area. It has one of the longest and the widest runways in North America (13,503×300-foot), six commercial aircraft hangars and land available for lease with bonding authority. It is one of the ten in the U.S. with an FAA Launch Site Operator License.
  • The American Airlines Maintenance and Engineering Center in Tulsa is the largest commercial MRO facility in the world.
  • Civilian & military aviation and aerospace account $43.7 billion in economic activity annually.
  • The FAA Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center is the central support and training facility in the U.S. for the FAA and the U.S. Department of Transportation. The center trains more than 20,000 students a year.
  • Twelve of Oklahoma’s colleges and universities have aerospace programs.
  • Oklahoma is home to the nation’s first UAS-focused degree program.

More than 1,100 aerospace entities have found success operating in Oklahoma — and for good reason. Find out why in our comprehensive aerospace industry brief.

“We have been asked ‘Why Grove, Oklahoma?’ We could have built in Los Angeles and the city would have said ‘This is just another business.’ In Oklahoma, we matter…”
— Karl Strauss, Director, Ferra Aerospace

Oklahoma’s extensive education system, business development team and workforce organizations work together to ensure aerospace businesses have access to a pipeline of talent to get started and keep going. Find out more.

Aerospace is Oklahoma’s past, present and future.

Our central location has made us a hub for Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) where a strong, skilled workforce rebuilds and repairs aircraft. Add to that the FAA Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center, the central training and support facility in the U.S. for the FAA and the U.S. Department of Transportation. The American Airlines commercial aircraft MRO in Tulsa, Okla., is the largest in the nation. Tinker Air Force Base, the largest military MRO in the country. The list goes on and on.

In the emerging unmanned industry, our unique mix of terrain and testing capacity make Oklahoma perfect for UAS/UAV research and development. Oklahoma is a UAS hub for fire & rescue, precision agriculture, safety & security, transmission monitoring, weather, and aerial photography.

Oklahoma’s Aerospace Clusters

The more than 1,100 aerospace entities operating in Oklahoma encompass all aspects of the supply chain — manufacturers, MRO, research and development, military and others.

Oklahoma City Metro

  • Tinker AFB
  • AAR
  • Boeing
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • Field Aerospace
  • Kratos Defense & Security Solutions
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Pratt & Whitney

Tulsa Metro

  • Tulsa Air National Guard
  • American Airlines MRO
  • BizJet (Lufthansa Technik)
  • FlightSafety
  • L3
  • Lufthansa Technik
  • Spirit AeroSystems
  • Vertical Aerospace

Let’s Work Together

The Oklahoma Team will work with you to meet the specific needs of your project. Contact us today to get started. Call the Oklahoma Team at 800-588-5959.


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