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Aviation Clubs and Organizations

American Society of Aviation Artists

  • The American Society Of Aviation Artists is a non-profit organization founded in 1986 which brings together persons who share a love of art with themes of aviation and aerospace.

Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA)

  • The EAA was founded in 1953 by a group of individuals who were interested in building their own airplanes.
  • Through the decades, the organization has expanded to include antiques, classics, warbirds, aerobatic aircraft, ultralights, helicopters, and contemporary manufactured aircraft.
  • More importantly, the organization focuses on people, offering the opportunity to make new aviation friends and form relationships while encouraging the sharing of information, stories, and enthusiasm.
  • The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is the civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force.
  • CAP is a benevolent, non-profit organization whose 65,000 members execute over 90% of all federally funded inland Search and Rescue missions.
  • The United States Congress mandated three missions for CAP in its charter: Emergency Services, Cadet Programs, and Aerospace Education. CAP utilizes over 550 organization-owned aircraft, over 4,000 member owned aircraft, and almost 1,000 ground vehicles nationwide to execute its missions.


Sisters Organized to make Aviation
Dreams a Reality

  • The goal of Sisters Organized to make Aviation Dreams a Reality (S.O.A.R.) is to guide young women with an interest in aviation in the right direction.
  • We want to fuel the desire, feed the urge, add to the passion, expand the ideas, set free the impulse, preserve the longing—whether to pilot, navigate, design, fix, build, engineer, maintain, or control—in General Aviation, Commercial Aviation, or in the Military. Young women who are looking to the sky for their future sometimes need encouragement to reach for it.

Soaring Society of America (SSA)

  • The most comprehensive site on the Internet about soaring and gliding.

Aviation History


  • The Internet's most comprehensive aviation historical reference and research site, presently listing some 11,000 types of U S aircraft with their specifications and data.

AeroWeb Aviation Enthusiast's Corner

  • Aviation history, air shows, museums, aircraft locator by manufacturer or aircraft type.

AvStop Magazine Online: Aviation History

  • AvStop is a great place to visit for general interest in the history aviation and for school papers.
  • The site provides articles on a wide range of topics, such as the Tuskegee Airmen, Women in Aviation, and the Berlin Airlift, and is suitable for both students (10+) and adults.

The Minnesota Wing of the Commemorative Air Force WWII Museum

  • The Minnesota Wing of the Commemorative Air Force is the premier WWII aviation museum in Minnesota, bringing history to life and honoring America's legacy of patriotism and freedom. The Minnesota
  • Wing is based in an original WWII hangar at historic Fleming Field in South St. Paul, MN. You can see, hear and touch the historic artifacts from the home front to the front lines.
  • Meet actual WWII veteran pilots, crews and soldiers. Hear the tales of combat from the men and women who lived this history changing event.
  • The CAF offers guided tours of its museum and aircraft to school groups and other community groups by appointment.
  • Opportunities for students hear history told through the voices of veterans who lived it is also available. Contact the Minnesota Wing at 651-455-2160.

The National Air and Space Museum

  • The Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum (NASM) maintains the largest collection of historic air and spacecraft in the world.
  • It is also a vital center for research into the history, science, and technology of aviation and space flight. This site gives you a close look at this museum.

The National Air and Space Museum's Milestones of Flight Gallery

  • The National Air and Space Museum "Milestones of Flight" gallery exhibits some of the major "firsts" in aviation and space history.
  • These are the machines that made the dream of flight possible.

Aviation Science

Glenn Learning Technologies Project

  • The NASA Learning Technologies Project (LTP) is a national initiative that seeks to prototype revolutionary technologies for educational applications.
  • The goals of the NASA Glenn Learning Technologies Project are to: Increase students' interest in and proficiency of math and science, through the use of computing and communications technology, and by using NASA's mission in aeronautics as a theme, assist in creating low cost, efficient network solutions that will enable schools to gain access to the Internet for educational resources.
  • The NASA Glenn Learning Technologies Project has a three point approach to achieving its goals:

    Educational Technology Applications,
    Internet Access Research,
    and Wide Spread Dissemination.

Take a journey through a jet engine.

NASA Earth Science Enterprise: For Kids Only

  • An earth science site from NASA that includes articles that explain how NASA studies air, natural hazards, land, water, and people.

Plane Math

  • A place for students and teachers to learn cool things about math and aeronautics.

The National Air and Space Museum and the Science Information Infrastructure/SEGway (Science Education Gateway)

  • The Science Information Infrastructure is a collaboration between science museums, researchers and educators to increase public use of remote sensing data and develop planetary and space science online curricula for use in the classroom.
  • The SII project began in 1995 after receiving funding from NASA through a Cooperative Agreement Notice entitled "Public Use of Earth and Space Science Data over the Internet". Distribution of SII online educational activities is through the SEGway (Science Education Gateway) web site.

Aviation International Art Contest

Aircraft Image Repository Directory

  • The Aircraft Image Repository Directory contains a list of links to other sites that display images of planes and other aircraft.

American Society of Aviation Artists

  • The American Society Of Aviation Artists is a non-profit organization founded in 1986 which brings together persons who share a love of art with themes of aviation and aerospace.

ClassroomClipart - Transportation

  • ClassroomClipart offers a large variety of photographs, clipart, and historical images for use by teachers and students in school projects, reports, contests, and fund-raising events.

Photovault Aviation Museum

  • Photovault Aviation Museum contains a large archive Aerospace and Aviation images.
  • Included in this archive of images are jets, airplanes, biplanes, helicopters, research, dirigibles, flight, wings, balloons, ultra-lights, hang gliders, crop dusting, military aircraft, and space.

Comet Observation Homepage

  • This site will give you the truth about Comet Lee plus lots of other comet information.

Earth and Moon Viewer

  • View the Earth and Moonfrom space! Incredible images are here for your enjoyment.

Goddard Space Flight Center Education Programs

  • Goddard's Education Office has begun an endeavor to make education materials easily available to teachers and students alike.
  • Today you can look at featured education programs, science briefs and investigations designed for Middle and High school students and you can participate in piloting new education materials by simply clicking here.

The Hubble Telescope's Greatest Hits 1990–1995

  • This site offers a selection of Hubble Space Telescope's most spectacular images.

Imagine the Universe!

  • This site is dedicated to a discussion about the Universe... what we know about it, how it is evolving, and the kinds of objects and phenomena it contains.
  • Just as importantly, it also discusses how scientists know what they know, what mysteries remain, and how they might one day find the answers to these questions.
  • This site is intended primarily for ages 14 and up.

Liftoff to Space Exploration

  • Here you will find news from all over NASA, information about The Universe (space, solar system, stars, and galaxies), Spacecraft (rockets, stations, and satellites), Earth (weather, atmosphere, and remote sensing), Human Journey (living in space, astronauts, pioneers), and Tracking (keeping track of satellites and spacecraft).

NASA Home Page

  • Links to all of the NASA centers. The Gallery maintains a searchable photo, movie and audio archive.

NASA Just for Kids

  • Just like NASA, except it's for kids. A convenient one-stop web site for all of NASA's pages that relate to kids fun and education.

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

  • The Jet Propulsion Laboratory is the lead U.S. center for robotic exploration of the solar system.
  • JPL spacecraft have visited all known planets except Pluto (a Pluto mission is currently under study for the early part of the next decade).
  • This site will give you an in-depth look at all the JPL's activities.

NASA's Planetary Photojournal

  • The California Institute of Technology's Jet Propulsion Laboratory provides unique photos of the planets and other parts of our solar system from it's various robotic missions.

The National Air and Space Museum

  • The Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum (NASM) maintains the largest collection of historic air and spacecraft in the world.
  • It is also a vital center for research into the history, science, and technology of aviation and space flight. This site gives you a close look at this museum.

The Nine Planets

  • The Nine Planets is an overview of the history, mythology, and current scientific knowledge of each of the planets and moons in our solar system
  • Each page has text and images, some have sounds and movies, most provide references to additional related information.

SEDS Internet Headquarters

  • SEDS stands for "Students for the Exploration and Development of Space."
  • This is a vast site with information pertaining to space - planets, galaxies, rocketry, space stations, space images, etc.

Spacekids: Space science for kids

  • A good site for students and teachers.

StarChild: A learning center for young astronomers

  • This site is educational, friendly, and fun to use.
  • Here you will find a basic discussion about astronomy and space exploration.

2001 Mars Odyssey

  • This NASA educational gives an overview and updates of the Mars Odyssey mission, a long-term robotic mission designed to explore the climate and geology, and geography of Mars.

General Aviation & Space Links

Johnson Space Center Kids Shortcuts

  • A space link site for kids.

Thirty Thousand Feet: Youth In Aviation

  • These Websites are devoted to youth in aviation.

Kid Flights Across the USA

  • In 1999, a young aviator had the opportunity to fly across the country to raise money for the organization that got him started in aviation.
  • Stopping in 35 cities and 25 states, he introduced 16 children to aviation along the way.
  • It was such a positive experience that he planned another coast to coast flight in 2001, stopping in all 50 states and flying at least two kids from each state.
  • This will introduce more than 100 young people to aviation, as well as raise the awareness of thousands more through the associated publicity.
  • He donates his time and effort to this project to help get other kids interested in aviation.

Phonetic Alphabet

  • Did you know there is an international aviation phonetic alphabet?
  • This alphabet is used around the world so that all pilots, no matter their nationality, will know how to communicate with any air traffic control tower, in any country