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Take a Virtual Aerospace Tour

Posted December 10, 2007 12:01 AM by Steve Melito

Aerospace engineers and aviation enthusiasts can view some of the world's greatest aircraft and helicopters on-line. The Virtual Aircraft Museum is a fun, fact-filled web site run by Maksim Starostin of Estonia. Although I haven't explored every nook and cranny, I'm quite impressed so far. The aircraft are arranged by country of origin, and the planes are a level down. Each aircraft has three views, photos, specifications, dates, and other important facts. In addition, the company history is available for many of these historic aircraft.

Helicopter engineers and enthusiasts can also take a tour of a virtual museum on the Web. All the World's Helicopters, another Maksim Starostin website, contains a robust helicopter directory. Here, you can learn about more than 300 U.S. helicopters, as well as early helicopter designs and flying machines from Russia and the former Soviet Union.

Editor's Note: CR4 would like to thank Ron Darner for sharing this story. A longtime CR4er, Ron is also the newsletter editor for Chapter 320 (Watertown, Wisconsin) of the Experimental Aircraft Organization (EAA). If you'd like to subscribe to Ron's newsletter, click here to send him a private message on CR4.

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12/11/2007 9:29 AM

Thanks Moose, these are great sites!

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12/11/2007 9:48 AM

You're most welcome, Jorrie. Glad you enjoyed them.

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12/11/2007 7:07 PM

Hi Moose:

Thanks for the trip down memory lane. Between the Cessna 140 that I soloed in on my 16th birthday (old NC89421) and the Aeroncas, Pipers and Stinsons that I managed to get a few hours in, the memories really poured back. The Taylorcraft was missing, but remembering the rest brought those back too.

The military and commercial craft brought back the engineering years. That era began for me with instrumentation assignments on the JT-11 engine for the SR-71 and the RL-10 liquid hydrogen fueled rocket engine for the Atlas Centaur third stage. It continued with several generations of digital, engine mounted controls for the P&W engines on the F-15, F-16 and F-22 and a variety of controls for commercial aircraft, B-2 bombers, military cargo craft and the Air Data Computer for the Chinese Indigenous Defensive Fighter.

Once the memories start, they tend to dominate your thinking for a while.

Thanks again Moose.

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