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The Best Resources For Learning About Flight

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I’ve been meaning to prepare this post for quite awhile, and it’s dedicated to Alice Mercer‘s son, Leroy, who’s a fan of flight and paper airplanes.

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Here are my choices for The Best Resources For Learning About Flight:

The History of Human-Powered Flight is an impressive interactive timeline from NPR.

How Do Things Fly? is a great interactive site from the Smithsonian. It is THE site to learn about anything related to flight. You can design and virtually fly your own plane, and you can even design and print-out your own paper airplane.

Marvellous early flying machines is a slideshow from The BBC.

Hot air balloon festivals in France and U.S. is a photo gallery from The Sacramento Bee.

Sky’s the limit: World’s first flying car on the market at £800,000 (and it’s been in the air since 1946) is from The Mail Online. After Two Test Flights, The Race Toward A Flying Car Is On is from NPR.

Flying cars: Grounded reality or ready for take off? is from the BBC.

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A Visual History of the Jet Pack is a slideshow from TIME.

Amateur space enthusiasts launch paper plane into space
is from The BBC.

The Plane That Drives is a slideshow from TIME.

The new vehicle set to revolutionise the skies
is from The BBC.

Drones on the home front is an interactive from The Washington Post.

History of Flight
is a slideshow from NBC.

Flying Day in Moscow
is a great slideshow from TIME.

Solar plane completes historic 24-hour flight is from NBC.

Forces Of Flight is from The Smithsonian.

‘World’s first’ ornithopter takes flight is from The BBC.

How Superheroes Fly is from TIME.

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Here are animated paper airplane instructions.

More paper airplane instructions.

In Flight is a slideshow from The Boston Globe.

Here’s a video of the first human-powered helicopter:

Gliding High: Designing Paper Airplanes Based on the Physics of Flight is a lesson plan from The New York Times Learning Network.

Airships is a photo gallery from The Atlantic.

From Flying Boats to Jumbo Jets: 100 Years of Commercial Flight is a Wall Street Journal slideshow.

In flight: see the planes in the sky right now – interactive is a great interactive from The Guardian.

Flight Risk is an impressive BBC interactive infographic on plane crashes.

Infographic: The greatest turning points in aviation is from the BBC.

Pioneers of Flight has several interactives, and comes from the Smithsonian.

Feel free to additional suggestions.

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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

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