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Air Transportation

Air transportation is vitally important to the world's economy, as well as the thousands of people each day who make routine, long distance trips. While it is easy to take this convenience for granted, it is almost impossible to imagine life without it. Nearly a century has passed since the Wright brother's momentous flight, and preparations for next year's celebration are already underway. Two...
AIAA Wright Flyer Project

December 17, 2003 marks the 100-year anniversary of the Wright Brothers' successful flight into the history books. In honor of the famous achievement, the Los Angeles section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics started the Wright Flyer Project. The goal of the project, which began almost twenty years ago, is to build a replica of the Wright Flyer that is identical to the...
The Air Museum: Planes of Fame

The Air Museum, headquartered in Chino, California, houses a large collection of famous aircraft from many different countries. One of the most interesting features on the museum's Web site is the virtual tour, which allows users to view a 360-degree panorama of many hangars and displays. The Special Features section highlights nine remarkable aircrafts, providing a brief historical background and...
Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight Gallery

Located inside the National Air and Space Museum, the Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight Gallery highlights the world of aviation in the 1920s and 1930s. During this period, flight technology rapidly advanced, aviation records were made and broken in quick succession, and African Americans gained increasing prominence in the field. Visitors to this site will get a preview of the materials contained...
EAA Aviation Museum: Virtual Cockpit Tours

Each year, aviation enthusiasts from around the world gather in Oshkosh, Wisconsin for the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA)'s AirVenture air show and exhibition. While EAA is most famous for this event, the organization's aviation museum provides year-round flight-based fun. Readers may enjoy this virtual extension of the museum, which invites users to "climb into the airplanes in our...