Flying and aircraft have always been great interests of mine. And Top Gun is unquestionably one of the grooviest pictures ever made.

Here, I will try to assemble links to interesting web material in the field of aviation.

Aviators in History

Gustav Weißkopf - the German/American aviator who achieved the very first motorized flight  (1901)

The 1903 Wright Flyer

Wilbur & Orville Wright - inventors, builders and pilots of the world's first practical aeroplane  (1903)

Manfred von Richthofen - with nearly 80 air victories during World War I, the Red Baron is regarded, to this day, as the ace of aces  (1916–1918)

Charles Lindbergh - the Swedish descendant American pilot who made the very first transatlantic flight  (1927)

Amelia Earhart - pioneer aviatrix; the first woman to cross the Atlantic (1932); she perished, along with her navigator, in an attempt to become the first woman to fly around the world  (1937)

The Spruce Goose Howard Hughes - renowned industrialist, moviemaker, and daring aviator; this excentric Texan managed to set several speed and distance records as well as become a major aircraft manufacturer - he engineered the construction of the the largest plane ever built, nicknamed the "Spruce Goose"  (1947)

Charles "Chuck" Yeager - "Mr Supersonic", legendary test pilot and fighter ace; the first man to cross the sound barrier  (1947)


Air Force Technology - info on military aircraft around the globe

Incidents of Magnitude

AirDisaster.com - if you suffer from fear of flying, don't go here

Flight Simulation

Flight Simulator

FlightGear - a free, open source flight simulator, available for various platforms

Flight Simmer's Corner - loads of flight sim info

Flight Simulator Nordic - flight sim news, info and very nice add-ons

VATSIM - pilots and air traffic controllers together in online simulation


Columbus World Airport Guide - extensive info on the larger airports worldwide

ICAO & IATA Airport/Airline Codes - for us aviation lingo freaks

Stearman World Flight - Robert Ragozzino flew a Boeing Stearman around the world in the year 2000