GEORG IA’S AV I AT I O N I N D U S T RYGeorgia’s Aviation IndustryGeorgia companies provide a prosperous aviation industry. All of the labeledparts on the aircraft illustration are manufactured in Georgia. Flight Controls Flight Control Software Avionics Systems Wiring Harnesses Imaging Radar Switches Jet EngineTurbines and PropellersGulfstream Aerospace Corporation the company currently produces 16 different models of aircraft. For more information, visit us online at www.mauleairinc.com. Founded in 1958, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary *Information from www.mauleairinc.com.of General Dynamics, is considered the world standard in business aviation.In fact, the Savannah-based company is celebrating two anniversaries of its own: Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company2007 is the 40th anniversary of their first flight and 2008 will be the 50th anniversary Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, located in Marietta, Georgia, is homeof the corporation. to the C-130J Hercules transport and the F-22 Raptor air dominance fighter. The site Since its beginning, Gulfstream has produced more than 1,500 aircraft for is also responsible for the avionics and engine modernization programs for the C-5corporate, government, private and military customers around the world. The Galaxy strategic transport.company’s flagship products -- the Gulfstream G150, the Gulfstream G200, the The plant, located in the northern metropolitan Atlanta area, opened during WWGulfstream G350, the Gulfstream G450, the Gulfstream G500, and the Gulfstream II for production of B-29 bombers under the name Bell Aircraft Corporation. UnderG550 -- are the world’s most technologically advanced business jet aircraft. More new management by California’s Lockheed Corporation, the facility reopened in 1951than one-quarter of Fortune 500 companies operate Gulfstream aircraft. to refurbish B-29s to help meet the U.S. Air Force’s immediate need for bombers As Savannah’s largest manufacturer, Gulfstream broke ground in 2006 at its during the Korean War. During the cold war, the facility later built 397Savannah plant on a new 600,000 square foot service and support facility. The B-47 Stratojet swept-wing jet bombers under license during the Cold War.expansion will create up to 1,100 new jobs, a 25 percent increase from the current Over the next 40 years, Lockheed-Georgia produced some of the most ruggedemployment level of 4,300 employees. For more information, visit our Web site at and durable aircraft for the Air Force including transport planes C-130 Hercules,www.gulfstream.com. C-141 Starlifter, and C-5 Galaxy. In 1995, Lockheed merged with Martin Marietta, Gulfstream, a proud supporter of Georgia’s role in aerospace, sponsored the one of the largest aerospace engineering and missile technology companies to formproduction of Georgia Flight, The History of Aviation in Georgia 1907 - 2007. Lockheed Martin Corporation. Today named Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company,*Information from www.gulfstream.com. the organization has almost 8,000 employees and manufactures the C-130J cargoMaule Air Incorporated plane and the F-22 fighter plane. For more information, visit our Web site at www. lockheedmartin.com. Maule Air Inc, based at Spence Air Base in Moultrie, Georgia, is the manufacturer *Information from “Lockheed Martin,” New Georgia Encyclopedia Retrieved April 3, 2007:of the renowned Maule single-engine, 4 place STOL (Short Takeoff or Landing) http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org.aircraft. In 1941 the B.D. Maule Company was founded in Napoleon, Michigan to build Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airporta light aircraft tailwheel which B.D. had designed. The steerable, full-swiveling When Asa Candler of Coca-Cola, decided to build an auto race track south oftailwheel is still being manufactured today by Maule. Atlanta in 1909, he probably never imagined it would become the site for one of the By 1956 B.D. had designed the first of the current line of Maule airplanes. world’s busiest airports. When the raceway didn’t prosper, he abandoned the raceIn 1962, the company changed its name to Maule Aircraft Corporation and began track. Over the next 15 or so years, the race track became an airfield for a variety of airproducing the fast-cruising M-4. With its short takeoff and landing capabilities, shows and pilots.stability, ease of handling, float and ski options, roomy interior, and economical In 1924, two pilots who used the old Candler raceway, Doug Davis and Beelinoperation, the M-4 was a success with pilots everywhere. In 1968, the company moved Blevins, started lobbying William Hartsfield, an Atlanta alderman, to transform theits operations to Moultrie, Georgia. old race track into a new airport for Atlanta. In 1925, when the search for a suitable In the years that followed, the Maule planes gained a reputation as a superb airport site began, Hartsfield suggested the old Candler race track and it was chosenaircraft at a reasonable price. Rugged, simple and reliable, the Maule aircraft has by the city council.been chosen by pilots throughout the world; in fact, whether on wheels, floats or skis, On April 16, 1925 the city of Atlanta signed a 5-year lease on the 287 acre racewaythere is no region in the world where the takeoff or landing of a Maule is impossible. from Asa Candler and renamed it “Candler Field”. The first flight into Candler FieldToday Maule Inc. is still a family-owned and operated business with 80 employees; occurred in the fall of 1926 when the airmail arrived via Florida. In 1929, the city
Actuator Assemblies Flight Control Surfaces Composite Fuselage Structures Sheet Metal Panelsbought the land and renamed the field the Atlanta Municipal Airport. Robins Air Force Base (Warner Robins, Georgia) In June of 1930, Delta Air Service, later known as Delta Air Lines, began Robins plays a vital role supporting U.S. warfighters around the world.passenger service from Birmingham, Ala., in June. In December of that same year, The global war on terrorism requires maximum effort: since the beginning of thatEastern Air Transport, formerly Pitcairn Aviation inaugurated the first continuous war, Robins has deployed more than 8,000 people in support of Air Expeditionarypassenger service from Atlanta to New York. Forces. At the Air Logistics Center, the surge support team has shipped almost During World War II Atlanta was declared an air base location by the U.S. 173,328 required supply parts and has received nearly 40,000 units for repair.government and Candler Field doubled in size. In 1942, Candler Field recorded The center has accelerated 14 Special Operations aircraft as well as 108 C-130,1,700 takeoffs and landings in a single day and was named the nation’s busiest C-5, F-15 and C-17 aircraft.airport, a distinction the current Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Worldwide support of U.S. aircraft is at the core of the Air Logistics Center’sretains today. mission. The center has global management and engineering responsibility for the When Hartsfield died in 1971, Atlanta honored the former mayor (1937-41) report, modification and overhaul of the F-15 Eagle fighter, the C-130 Hercules(1942-61), by renaming the airport -- the William B. Hartsfield Atlanta International transport and the C-5 Galaxy transport as well as all Air Force helicopters andAirport. In 2003, Atlanta included Jackson in the airport name after Atlanta’s first Special Operations aircraft. The center is also a hub for logistics, supporting theAfrican American mayor, Maynard Jackson. C-17 Globemaster III and Air Force tactical missiles in addition to computers, In 2005, the airport celebrated 80 years of service. The current name reflects avionics and electronic systems on most Air Force aircraft. Another global aspecttwo former Atlanta Mayors: William B. Hartsfield and Maynard H. Jackson, of Robins is the worldwide management and engineering responsibility for thealong with its international designation. From its humble beginnings to its present U-2 Dragon Lady and E-8 Joint STARS surveillance aircraft (Pictured above).world-class distinction, Georgia’s primary airport continues to be a vital link inthe world’s air transportation system, handling approximately 84 million passengers Quick Factsper year.*Information from • Warner Robins Air Logistics Center is the largest single industrial facility in Georgia • The total economic impact of the base in Georgia is $4.2 billion.Delta Airlines • More than 26,000 people, mostly civilians, work on Robins Air Force Base. Delta Air Lines traces its roots back to 1924, when Huff Daland Dusters was • The base spends more than $330 million per year on prime contracts in Georgia.founded as the world’s first aerial crop dusting organization. In 1928 the companybecame Delta Air Service. On June 17, 1929, Delta inaugurated airline service with • Robins Air Force Base’s 12,000 foot long runway is the longest in Georgiathe first passenger flights over a route stretching from Dallas, Texas, to Jackson,Mississippi, via Shreveport and Monroe, Louisiana. In 1941, the company moved its Historyheadquarters from Monroe to Atlanta, Georgia. On March 14 1942, the air depot received it first official name: Wellston Air Depot Delta Air Lines entered the jet age on September 1 8, 1959, with the world’s – and it would have that name today, except for that fact that Col. Thomas wantedfirst Douglas DC-8 jet service (Atlanta-New York). Delta was the first airline to board to rename the depot to honor his friend and mentor Brigadier General Augustine100 million passengers in a single year in 1997. In 2007, Delta offered customers Warner Robins, one of the Army Air Corps’ first general staff officers. Consideredservice to more destinations than any other global airline, with flights to 292 the “Father of Modern Air Force Logistics,” Robins eventually became chief ofdestinations in 46 countries. Delta is America’s fastest growing international airline the Materiel Division of the Army Air Corps. However, under Army Air Corpsand is the world’s leading carrier between the United States and Europe. Delta is regulations, depots were named after the nearest towns; therefore, in order toa founding member of SkyTeam, a global airline alliance that provides customers rename Wellston, he has to convince city leaders to rename the town, and theywith extensive worldwide destinations, flights, and services. Including its SkyTeam gladly did so. In the fall of 1942, the depot became the Warner Robins Army Airpartners, Delta offers flights to 461 worldwide destinations in 96 countries. Depot, today known as Robins Air Force Base.*Information from Marie Force, Archives Manager, Delta Air Transport Heritage Museum. *Information from Warner Robins Air Logistics Center brochure.
Rising Fawn/ Lookout Mountain Helen Drive Georgia’s Aviation History Learn more about aviation in Georgia! Rome For more information visit the Georgia Airport Association Web site at www.georgiaairports.org, or the Georgia Woodstock Department of Transportation Web site at tomcat2.dot.state.ga.us/Aviation/Home/index.cfm. Atlanta Macon Warner Robins Columbus Eastman Savannah Americus Albany Moultrie Thomasville ValdostaSites worth a visit!Albany Dobbins Air Reserve Base Hinesville ThomasvilleChallenger Astronauts Monument US Hwy 41, Marietta Fort Stewart Museum Power of the Past MuseumHazan Shrine Temple 678/655.5055 Fort Stewart, Building T-904 Regional Airport1822 Palmyra Road Fernbank Science Center 2022 Frank Cochran Drive, Savannah GA Hwy 122229/432.1011 156 Park Dr., NE, Atlanta 912/767.7885 229/226.3010Thrush Aircraft Corporation 678/874.7102 Moultrie Valdosta300 Old Pretoria Road Columbus Maule Air, Inc. Moody Air Force Base229/883.1440 Coca Cola Space Science Center 2099 S GA Hwy 133 229/257.2474 229/985.2045Americus Columbus State University 701 Front Avenue Warner RobinsLindbergh Exhibit, So. GA Tech College 706/649.1470 Rising Fawn/Lookout Mnt. Georgia Aviation Hall of FameGriffin Bell Aerospace Center Lookout Mountain Flight Park GA Hwy 247 S&Russell PkwyGA Hwy 49 Eastman 7201 Scenic Highway 478/328.0704National POW Museum Aircraft Manufacturing and 800/688.5637 or 706/398.3541 Museum of Aviation, Robins AF BaseAndersonville Nat. Cemetery Historic Site Development (AMD) Rome GA Hwy 247 & Russell PkwyGA Hwy 49 Heart of Georgia Regional Airport Richard B. Russell Airport 478/926.6870229/924.0343 415 Airport Road 304 Russell Airport RoadAtlanta Area 478/374.2759 706/295.7835 Woodstock Air Acres MuseumDelta Air Transport Museum Helen Savannah 376 Air Acres Way1060 Delta Boulevard Head Balloons Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum 770/517.6090404/773.1219 706/865.3874