There are many fine websites out there on the Internet and there are some that form the core of in-depth aviation on the Internet. This list provides links to some of these sites and lists them in order of importance.
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Greg Goebel has a brilliant website with over a hundred articles on miscellaneous, mostly military, aircraft. Sure to keep you occupied for hours. Well worth a visit at: http://www.vectorsite.net/indexav.html
Joseph F Baugher has one of the best military aviation websites on the Internet. He has written fantastically detailed articles on almost every US combat aircraft that has ever flown and is still compiling his massive database. Although the website has no pictures, it is strongly advised that you visit it - nothing compares. Just click to: http://joebaugher.com/
For good coverage of unusual and interesting aircraft, this site is a must: http://www.unrealaircraft.com/index.php. It's sure to keep one glued to the screen with goggled eyes.
Although this website is in French,
it is an incredibly good resource for unusual and experimental aircraft
and has a lot of exclusive information. Well worth a visit, even if it
is difficult to read at times. (The URL for the translated version is
Mike Neely has set up a comprehensive website covering modern and vintage military transports, aerial tankers and fixed-wing gunships. His web site contains over 2 500 high-quality aircraft photos, images, diagrams and detailed fact sheets. Over 100 different aircraft types are represented, most having distinguished service careers and a significant presence in the annals of military airlift history since 1940. To visit his site, click here: http://www.theaviationzone.com/
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has an extremely good and fascinating website giving high-quality photos and highly detailed articles on the aircraft that it uses. There are many experimental and one-off aircraft, making this site absorbing reading. To get seriously distracted, visit http://www.dfrc.nasa.gov/index.html
AerobaticTeams.net is a brilliant resource for the world's aerobatic teams both past and present. Here you will find a detailed history of each team, plus photos, videos and more. Highly recommended for anyone with even a passing interest in aerobatic teams or looking for quality information on their favourite team.
The Airforce Technology website provides a fair amount of detail on the majority of modern military aircraft, from fighters to maritime patrol aircraft. For a good overall view of the most common modern military aircraft visit: http://www.airforce-technology.com/projects/index.html
The Air Combat Information Group (ACIG) has and excellent website (tiny font besides) that has thorough and extremely well-researched articles on air combat around the world. They often feature never-before published information and pictures. To check out their site, visit http://www.acig.org.
The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum has an excellent magazine (Air & Space Smithsonian) which gives many detailed and well researched articles from past issues on its website: http://www.airspacemag.com/
The German publication Flug Revue has a good website with reasonably detailed features on a variety of different aircraft. Visit their website at: http://www.flugrevue.de/en/home.6651.htm
Vought has put together an excellent history section on their website that covers all their aircraft products, as well as their missiles and space vehicles. Well worth a look at: http://www.vought.com/heritage/products/index.html
The British website Thunder and Lightnings provides a good history of classic British warbirds from the 50s to the 70s at http://www.thunder-and-lightnings.co.uk/contents.html
Set up by the same people as Airforce Technology, Aerospace Technology provides the same amount of detail for civil/commercial aircraft. Their website can be found at: http://www.aerospace-technology.com/projects/index.html
http://www.spyflight.co.uk covers the fascinating and secretive world of aerial reconnaissance in the post-war world. The website features dedicated reconnaissance aircraft as well as those converted for surveillance duties, unmanned aerial vehicles and airborne early warning aircraft. This site is sure to keep one absorbed.
A great military aviation website is Niels Hillebrand's http://www.milavia.net. Amongst other things, it features well-illustrated articles on all major post-war combat aircraft, a directory of the world's air forces, air show reports and calendar and special military aviation reports.
http://www.thirtythousandfeet.com is a large aviation directory with thousands of links to aviation web pages, aviation news, FAQs, and other sources of commercial, military, and general aviation information.
http://www.escadrilles.org features past and present information on military aviation, including aircraft specifications and French squadron data. This website is maintained by a small team of French enthusiasts, including pilots. Escadrilles includes a growing gallery, with pictures starting in the seventies. Although texts are mostly written in French, Google provides a translation: http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=fr&tl=en&u=escadrilles.org
Also set up by the same producers of Airforce and Aerospace Technology, Naval Technology is aimed primarily at ships and submarines, but does contain a naval aviation section. Check it out at http://www.naval-technology.com/projects/index.html
For detailed information and analysis on plane accidents, visit 1001 Crash. This site provides data about plane crashes: videos, the latest airplane accidents analysis and pictures, statistics, airlines blacklist etc. The horrific Tenerife disaster is also covered in detail.
For a very detailed and interesting look at military airshows and military aviation in the UK, visit Dave Key's excellent website Military Airshows in the UK. It features an airshow calendar, photos, information on the main UK airshows and much more.
Army Technology provides a short section on army aviation. Visit them at: http://www.army-technology.com/projects/index.html
The website http://www.sci.fi/%7Efta/index.htm has a very detailed section on Russian (and other) fighters like the MiG-29 and Su-27, as well as sections on interesting topics like missiles, tactics and air warfare.
For aircraft photographs and air displays visit Roger Whitcomb's site www.milairpix.com. It features airshow and military aircraft photos.
For pictures, videos and information about the most famous planes of World War II, such as the Spitfire, B-29, Go-229 and Messerschmitt Me 262 jet, visit World War 2 Planes.com.
For aircraft accidents and incidents in Brazil and the World, visit Aircraft Accidents. The site has accident information, photos, graphs, statistics and much more.
For a variety of information on a multitude of aviation enthusiast topics visit Job Conger's website AeroKnow. Amongst many other things it features industry news, magazine guide, photo gallery and resources for hobbyists.
For planes, pics and facts visit http://www.zap16.com. Zap16.com offers you unique Military and Civil aircraft pictures combined with their technical information. The fact sheets contain large amounts of information like first flights, engine power etc.
Aviation Earth is a growing aviation database with tons of aircraft information, including aircraft articles, pictures and an informative and interesting Theory section.
For a good general overview of civil and military aircraft, visit Kay's Aircraft Encyclopedia. This dual German-English website features a brief description of each aircraft together with photos and specifications. It is being expanded all the time.
To find out what's happening at any one of the United Kingdom's airports, visit the very comprehensive and daily updated website UK Airport News. This website not only features detailed news concerning the UK's airports, but also information on UK airport hotels and parking.
An interesting visit is Larry Westin's site, which features the Stinson 108 and the 553rd Reconnaissance Wing and their EC-121R aircraft.
For a good aviation portal visit http://www.pilotfriend.com, which is a complete resources for the pilot, historian and aviation enthusiast.
Pilot Portal USA - this comprehensive site features flight schools, aviation weather, aviation dictionary, and an aviation directory for the American pilot. A comprehensive pilot portal which also includes current aviation and space news along with a chat room for aviators.