Local Aviation History
- The first manned balloon flight in St. Louis occurred in 1836.
- A dirigible made the first controlled flight in St. Louis at the 1904 World's Fair.
- Glenn Curtiss made the first St. Louis airplane flight in 1909.
- The first parachute jump from an airplane took place over Jefferson Barracks in 1912.
- The world's first commercial airliner (Benoist Flying Boat) was produced in St. Louis in 1913 and flight tested at Creve Coeur Lake.
- Scott Air Force Base has been an active military air base since it was developed in 1917.
- Established in 1920, Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is one of the oldest major airports in the U.S.
- In the late 1920s Lambert-St. Louis International Airport became the first airport to have the first air-traffic control system.
- The first major aviation school in the U.S. was Parks Air College (now Parks College of St. Louis University), established in 1927.
- Over 3000 military planes were made in St. Louis during World War II.
- In 1946, McDonnell's FH-1 "Phantom" was the first jet powered airplane to take off and land on an aircraft carrier.
- America's first astronauts orbited Earth in St. Louis-made Mercury and Gemini spacecraft.
- St. Louis was the headquarters of the X Prize Foundation which provided the organization leading to the sub-orbital flights of SpaceShipOne.