"For Whom the Web Surfs"

No site is an island, entire of itself;
every site is a piece of the web, a part of the main;
if a server be washed away by the sea, the Web is the less,
as well as if a promontory were,
as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were;
any site offline diminishes me,
because I am involved in cyberkind;
and therefore never send to know for whom the web surfs;
it surfs for thee.*

Related Sites

Special Recommendations

Lilienthal Museum in Anklam (German). Even if you don't speak German, visit anyway to see those wonderful color photographs of Lilienthal replica gliders! The museum is a beautiful and extraordinary place, and has fielded a wonderful site. Although much of the content is in German, we are co-sponsoring an English version.

The Otto Lilienthal Museum Online. OK, I've been scooped again. First the Brits did a great job on the Wright simulator, and now the Lilienthal Museum has done a great job on Lilienthal -- in German. We are collaborating on this English edition. Hopefully I'll be able to upgrade this important site over the summer.

The 1910 Air Meet site covers the first US International Air Meet, held at Dominguez Field. The site is a terrific resource, and contains several movies of early planes in flight.

VRML Model of Kitty Hawk Flyer To Fly is Everything now mirrors a VRML model of the Kitty Hawk Flyer from the site Virtual Reality Modeling Language. The VRML site has many other models of vehicles as well.

First Flight has created a shockwave simulation of the 1903 Wright Flyer, and is developing a simulation of their wind tunnel experiments. We are proud to be a North American mirror for this material.

A new site has been created in celebration of Lindburgh's crossing the Atlantic. This site includes a Java-based flight simulator, and a contest that can win you a trip to Paris!

The Octave Chanute Pages is our first "sister site." Steve Spicer has developed an excellent site devoted to Octave Chanute, and we have coordinated our sites to provide visitors with better access to material on both sites. Anywhere you see the symbol , the associate link will carry you to material held on his site.

Invention of Airplane Sites

Other Museums


Other Aviation Sites of Interest

If you have suggestions for other sites to list, please send mail
* Normally when I rip off a famous work, like John Donne's "For Whom the Bell Tolls," I'd acknowledge my debt and apologize for the liberties I took. However, I never thought much of the Donne's original, so I don't feel particularly bad about my alterations.