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Born in the early years of the last century, the U.S. aerospace industry is today the world's leader and employs more than a million professionals.
From origins with the Wright brothers, 1903 flights at Kitty Hawk to the contemporary world of sophisticated jet, rocket and missile technology, U.S. aerospace continues to be diverse, fast-paced and cutting-edge.
Hundreds of high-tech American companies along with NASA and other federal agencies work collaboratively in the major sectors of aerospace including commercial air, space exploration, national defense, and research and development.