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Aerospace + Defense

Soar to success in the land of opportunity

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.


Aerospace + Defense Quick Facts

  • MRO Capital of the World – Home to the largest DOD air depot and airline MRO facility in the world. More than 120,000 Oklahomans employed by companies in the aerospace and defense industry.
  • 1,100+ aerospace entities have found success operating in Oklahoma
  • 12 of Oklahoma’s colleges and universities have aerospace programs
  • 120,000+ employees in Oklahoma’s aerospace and defense industries
  • Oklahoma boasts five military installations, two air national guard operations and numerous aerospace assets, including the Oklahoma Air & Spaceport.
“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

Imagine The Possibilities


Not only is Oklahoma a right-to-work state with labor costs 25 percent below the national average, but we also offer a variety of business incentives like the Aerospace Engineer Workforce Tax Credit and 21st Century Quality Jobs Program.

Statewide Aerospace Coalition

In Oklahoma, aerospace matters and we’ve proved it with the creation of the ACES program and Oklahoma’s Aerospace + Defense Team. We’re growing and diversifying the sector through workforce development, support of existing businesses and recruitment of new investment to the state.

Oklahoma Air + Space Port

One of only 10 licensed U.S. spaceports — the only one in unrestricted airspace. The “Infinity One” space flight corridor is 152 miles long and 45 miles wide. The facility contains 50,000 square feet of manufacturing space, 6 commercial aircraft hangars for lease and a 13,504 x 300 ft. primary runway.

Unmanned Systems

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.

Weather Research + Technology

The National Weather Center and NOAA’s Severe Storms Laboratory are located in Norman, Okla.

FAA Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center

The Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center is the nation’s central FAA and USDOT support and training facility — 87,000 students are trained through the center annually.

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.

Map of Oklahoma's aerospace and defense sector entities showing an overview of clusters

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
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