"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 network switch were,
as well as if a hub 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.*

Special Recommendations

First Flight is a site in England that is doing some terrific simulations of all sorts of things: a Lilienthal biplane, the Wright 1903 Flyer, and even different wind tunnel instruments. We are proud to be a North American mirror for the simulator, and hope to add more material in the near future.

Lilienthal Museum in Anklam (German/English). The Lilienthal museum now has both an English and a German version of their fine site. The site features photographs and information about Lilienthal's seminal work on gliders. A must see!

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. Here you can find some additional information on Lilienthal that I developed in collaboration with the Anklam folks.

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.

Wright Brothers Aeroplane Company is a developing website devoted to the Wright Brothers. They are currently developing and testing some replica Wright craft. See their website for more details!

The Wright Brothers Jim Hughes has created a classy site covering the Wright Brothers from 1899 to 1903. By all means, DON'T GO THERE! You might end up expecting more out of this site than orange on blue... Beyond the classy style, you will find considerable scholarship in a simple, direct form. By now, you know better than to expect such quality HERE!

The Wright Experience is building a replica of the 1903 Flyer for the Experimental Aviation Association's 'Countdown to Kitty Hawk' celebration, culminating in a recreation of the first flight.

The new website details all the work of the Wright Experience, led by Ken Hyde and assisted by an amazing crew. They have the only operating original Wright Engine in the world. Their reproductions are in every way authentic-- no shortcuts or modernizations allowed. A splendid project!

The Los Angeles Section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics has produced and tested their first replica of the 1903 Wright Flyer and are now working on a second replica for the 2003 Centennial Celebration. You can read about their amazing efforts and view a full-scale replica from a 360-degree perspective. Read all about the AIAA Wright Flyer Project!

Laurence Hargrave: Austrailian Aviation Pioneer is an amazing website that goes far beyond the central character. Dr. Russell Naughton has provided an outstanding resource on the history of aviation. His extensive timeline covers lighter-than-air flight as well as heavier-than-air flight. And it has a classy design.

Jack Carpenter, who feels somewhat differently about Curtiss and the Wrights than I do, has developed a fine web site. Visit the Glenn H. Curtiss site for more information on this noteworthy pioneer.

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.

A new site has been created in celebration of Lindburgh's crossing the Atlantic. This site includes a Java-based flight simulator.

Dave English has an online collection of Great Aviation Quotes. This extensive collection includes a section on First Flights and Predictions of particular interest in aviation history. Great stuff!

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.