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.
A Visual History of the Jet Pack is a slideshow from TIME.
Amateur space enthusiasts launch paper plane into space is from The BBC.
A Celebration of Flight is a cool interactive from GE.
Forces Of Flight is from The Smithsonian.
‘World’s first’ ornithopter takes flight is from The BBC.
How Superheroes Fly is from TIME.
Try out these Wright Brothers interactives:
Here are animated paper airplane instructions.
In Flight is a slideshow from The Boston Globe.
A History of Helicopters is an interactive from The Wall Street Journal.
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.
Feel free to additional suggestions.