United States of America

Country Profile

(United States of America)

Key Facts

Date of Independence:
4 July 1776
Capital City:
Washington, D.C.
Total Area Ranking:
4 of 236 in the World
Population Size Ranking:
3 of 242 in the World

The Country


The United States are bordered by Canada to the North and Mexico to the South. The United States have its lowest point in Death Valley at an elevation 86 m below sea level and its highest point in Mount McKinley at 6,194 m. The country is located between 67° to 172° western geographic longitude and 24° northern latitude 72° southern geographic latitude and has an area of 9,631.420 square kilometres (3.718.691 square miles), not including Alaska (1.717.854 square kilometers/663.267 square miles) and Hawaii (28.311 square kilometers/10.930 square miles). The latitude and longitude of the capital Washington, DC are about 83°24′ W and 39°32′ N.

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National History

Summary Narrative History

Timeline – Key Dates in United States History

Further National Information

BBC News Profile: United States
World Travel Guide – North America – USA
wikipedia: United States
wikipedia: History of the United States
Governments on the WWW: USA


Text to be added on the development of aviation in the United States.


Civil Aircraft Registrations

The registration prefix ‘N’ with numerical registrations has been used from 1927 to the Present; eg: N856FT. An unofficial N-prefix with letter registration sequence was used 1921-1927.

United States – unregistered civil aircraft
United States – civil aircraft register (N-letters)
United States – civil aircraft register (N1nnn-N3nnn)
United States – civil aircraft register (N4nnn-N6nnn)
United States – civil aircraft register (N7nnn-N9nnn)
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Aircraft Operators

Military Air Arms

Air Force (United States Air Force)

Naval Aviation (United States Navy)

Army Aviation (United States Army)

Marine Aviation (United States Marine Corps)

Central Government Agencies

Government Aviation – VIP transport is provided by the Air Force (fixed-wing aircraft) and the Marines (helicopters)
Environmental Aviation (United States Environmental Protection Agency)
Aerospace Research (National Aeronautics and Space Administration-NASA)
Covert Aviation (Central Intelligence Agency)

United States Department of Homeland Security:
Customs & Border Guard Aviation (United States Customs and Border Protection)
Coast Guard Aviation (United States Coast Guard)
Civil Defence Aviation (Federal Emergency Management Agency)

United States Department of Justice:
Federal Bureau of Investigation – FBI
Drug Enforcement Administration – DEA
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives – ATF
US Marshals Service

United States Department of State:
Office of Aviation (Department of State Air Wing)

United States Department of Commerce:
Weather Research (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration-NOAA)

United States Department of Transportation:
Aviation Regulation (Federal Aviation Administration)

United States Department of Defense:
Civil Air Patrol

United States Department of Agriculture:
Forestry Aviation (US Forest Service)

United States Department of the Interior:
United States Park Police
United States Fish and Wildlife Service

Regional Government Agencies

Each State (except Hawaii) has a State Police force, (sometimes called the ‘Highway Patrol’ or ‘Department of Public Safety’), nearly all of which operate helicopters and/or aircraft.

In addition to the above, a number of states have other organisations which operate helicopters and/or aircraft:

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection – Aviation Management Program
County Of Los Angeles Fire Department
Los Angeles Fire Department
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department

Public Service Aviation

Medical Aviation – There are more than 750 emergency medical helicopter services in the USA
wikipedia: Air Ambulance Services in the United States
Police Aviation – Urban areas of the US usually have a Police Department, while rural areas usually have a County Sheriff’s Office. The largest of these operate helicopters and/or aircraft for air support duties.

Commercial Aviation

wikipedia: Airlines of the United States
The World’s Airlines: United States

Private Aviation

Private contractors for Government/Military Services-
Air America
Draken International
Omega Air Tanker
Tracor Flight Systems
Airborne Tactical Advantage Company – ATAC


Aircraft Manufacturers

At least 200 now defunct aircraft manufacturers were based in the USA. Another 127 or more are still active.

Aircraft Maintenance/Repair Depots

None known.


Civil Airports & Airfields

Civil Airports and Airfields Listing
Airports in the United States

Military Air Bases & Airfields

Military Air Bases Listing

On Show

Aviation Museums

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Wright-Patterson AFB,OH
National Museum of the U.S. Marine Corps, MCB Quantico,VA

Airshow Dates

Key Airshow Dates

More Information

Aviation-Related Magazines

Magazines Guide for United States

Aviation Bibliography

World Air Forces Directory (Ian Carroll)
Military Balance (IISS)

Web Links

U.S. Department of Defense

Fire Aviation

Facebook: EMS Helicopters

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