Plane & Pilot
Saturday, January 1, 2005

Aviation’s Top Websites


In slightly more than a decade, the World Wide Web has gone from being a mere novelty to one of the most important tools available. Now, with a click of the mouse, pilots can access live weather, plan flights with previously unheard-of flexibilities, check fuel prices, find aircraft values, search databases, take virtual tours of museums and study volumes of hard-to-access aviation product information. In the proceeding pages, Plane & Pilot has assembled the best online sites for pilots who are searching for excellent resources on the Internet." />


Museums
Airline Pilot’s Historical Society:
www.oncealoft.com
This Website is now available to collectors for a limited time. It includes cockpit and aircraft artifacts, ranging from the DC-3 through the Boeing 747.The Airline Pilot’s Historical Society is a nonprofit, charitable foundation whose purpose is to educate people through the preservation of aircraft parts and components. Control wheels, throttle quadrants, instruments, oxygen masks and life vests are used to provide hands-on experience to schoolchildren to stimulate interest in aviation. It also provides financial assistance to children’s hospitals and organizations that specialize in the needs of children. All are genuine airline, military or corporate parts as removed from salvaged aircraft.

National Museum of the United States Air Force: www.nationalmuseum.af.mil
This is the online home of the former U.S. Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson AFB outside Dayton, Ohio. The site includes extensive photos and information on the museum’s collection of historical aircraft, missiles, engines, weapons and other artifacts. Among the many unique exhibits are one of each type of presidential aircraft, from Franklin Roosevelt’s Sacred Cow to the VC-137C that carried JFK’s body back from Dallas.

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum: www.nasm.si.edu
This site is the home page to one of the most revered museums in the world: the Smithsonian. It includes extensive collections of photos and text on a wide range of aviation and space topics, some of which include unique Web-only features (currently, there’s one covering the Army Air Corp’s transition to a separate Air Force in the late 1940s).

 





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