Alabama’s Aviation History

Alabama Aviation History Traveling Exhibit

AHF is partnering with the Alabama Bicentennial Commission on “Alabama’s Aviation History,” a traveling exhibition created to help commemorate the state’s 200th birthday.

The exhibit opened at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival in conjunction with the Alabama premiere of FLY,** a play about the Tuskegee Airmen. From there, it went on a state tour.

Sponsored by Airbus, the exhibition showcases Alabama’s long and significant history in aviation, aeronautics and aerospace innovation and achievement. Its earliest beginnings predate the famous Wright Brothers’ first civilian flying school, established in Montgomery in 1910, and its history embraces both world wars, as well as a pivotal ongoing role in space research and exploration. Michelle Hurdle of Airbus notes that the exhibition celebrates a history that helped bring Airbus to Alabama. “Airbus found a real home in Alabama where innovation and excellence are traditions. The exhibition will help tell that story to people all over the state.

We also hope it will inspire young people to pursue careers in the aviation and aeronautics workforce.”

ALABAMA 200 is designed to support, create and execute events and activities between 2017 and 2019 that commemorate the people and places of Alabama, as well as its path to statehood. In schools and communities across the state, bicentennial events and activities will teach, inspire and entertain residents and visitors of all backgrounds. For more information on ALABAMA 200 and other bicentennial projects and events, visit

To inquire about the exhibit schedule or venues, contact Laura Anderson, AHF Director of Operations, at 205-558-3992 or email

Exhibit tour schedule:

Now open at:
Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts
Gadsden Cultural Arts Foundation,  Inc.
501 Broad Street
Gadsden, AL 35902-1507
Free to the public
For more information, contact Tom Banks, (256) 543-2787, ext. 38