Aviation

100 years of powered flight in Iowa

In 2010, the DOT’s Office of Aviation spearheaded a statewide celebration of 100 years of powered flight in Iowa. In 1910, just seven years after the Wright Brothers first flew at Kitty Hawk, the first powered airplane flights took place in Iowa. Several men flew in Iowa in that year, but the first documented flight occurred on May 10, 1910 from the old Burlington Country Club in Southeast Iowa.

Since that time, we have witnessed the development of a mature air transportation system throughout Iowa and around the globe. From the development of airports and aviation services to the introduction of modern aircraft, Iowa has experienced significant increases in the utilization and safety of the air transportation system throughout the 20th century and into the 21st.  This web page is dedicated to recognizing the first 100 year of powered flight in Iowa.

100th anniversary logo

100th Anniversary of Powered FlightAs one way to commemorate 100 years of flight in Iowa, the Iowa DOT developed a logo that for use by groups or individuals to increase awareness of the important milestone in Iowa history.  
Download high resolution logo.

Century of Flight Series (Dave Rasdal)

Columnist turns love affair with old planes into a series

Note: This is the first of 10 Rambliní columns from July 5 to Sept. 6 about the first 100 years of flight in Iowa.
Century of Flight: Part I
Century of Flight: Part II
Century of Flight: Part III
Century of Flight: Part IV
Century of Flight: Part V
Century of Flight: Part VI
Century of Flight: Part VII
Century of Flight: Part VIII
Century of Flight: Part IX
Century of Flight: Part X

Additional information

Iowa Aviation History
Arthur J. Hartman
100 Years of Iowa Aviation
Aviation Museums
Calendar of Events