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Aerospace + Defense

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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.

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Aerospace + Defense Quick Facts

MRO Capital of the World

Home to the largest Department of Defense air depot and commercial airline MRO facility in the world. 

1,100+ Aerospace Entities

More than 1,100 aerospace entities operate in the state including manufacturers, MRO, research and development, military and others.

Aerospace Degrees

12 of Oklahoma’s colleges and universities have aerospace programs.

120,000+ Employees

More than 120,000 Oklahomans are employed in Oklahoma’s aerospace and defense industries.

5 Military Installations

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

Incentives

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 Industry Engineer Workforce Tax Credit and 21st Century Quality Jobs Program.

Committed to Growing Aerospace

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 and rescue, precision agriculture, safety and 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.

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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
  • Acorn Growth Companies
  • Boeing
  • Bombardier
  • Delaware Resource Group
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • Field Aerospace
  • GE Aviation
  • Kratos Defense & Security Solutions
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Meta Special Aerospace
  • Moog
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Oneida
  • Pratt & Whitney
  • Rolls-Royce

Tulsa Metro

Tulsa Air National Guard

  • American Airlines MRO
  • BizJet (Lufthansa Technik)
  • Consolidated Turbine Specialists
  • FlightSafety
  • General Dynamics
  • Intercontinental Jet Service Corp.
  • L3
  • Lufthansa Technik
  • MST Manufacturing
  • NORDAM
  • Spirit AeroSystems
  • Triumph Group
  • Vertical Aerospace
  • WHI Global

Grove

  • Ferra Aerospace
  • Malone’s CNC Machining
  • Orizon Aerostructures

Stillwater

  • ASCO Aerospace USA
  • Frontier Electronic Systems Corp. (FES)

Northwest Region

Vance AFB

  • Aircraft Structures International Corporation (ASIC)
  • Vantage Plane Plastics

Southwest Region

Altus AFB

  • Fort Sill
  • BAE Systems
  • Duncan Machine
  • Raytheon

Seminole

  • Enviro Systems (Safran)
  • Air Methods

McAlester

McAlester Army Ammunition Plant

  • Choctaw Defense

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