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Chicago Area Aviation Sites

  • Women in Aviation - Chicago's Leading Edge Chapter

    - Chicago area organization dedicated to providing networking, education, mentoring and scholarship opportunities for women and men who are striving for challenging and fulfilling careers in the aviation and aerospace industries

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Chicago Area Airports

  • Aurora Municipal Airport - ARR 
  • DuPage Airport - DPA
  • Gary - Chicago Airport - GCA
  • Meigs Airport - CGX has been closed. See the Friends of Meig web site.
  • Midway Airport - MDW
  • O'Hare International Airport - ORD
  • Palwaukee Municipal Airport - PWK
  • Schaumburg Regional Airport - 06C (no current web site) but information at the following web sites:

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United States Aviation Sites

  • US Military Aircraft. This is a great site for aircraft drawings and basic physical data.

  • Special Forces.Net - Dedicated to The Special Operations Soldier
  • Military Aircraft Links
  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) 
  • Landings: The Busiest Aviation Hub in Cyberspace: Pilots & Aviation Enthusiasts
  • Paul Nann's Military Aviation Photo Gallery
  • Sacramento Sky Ranch Inc.: Articles and reference information for aircraft owners.

  • The most complete list of aviation museums and their inventory available.
  • Skyhawk Association: The Skyhawk Association provides an on-going fraternal-social affiliation of individuals who have flown OR foster, encourage, and support the "Skyhawk" aircraft and who are dedicated to the perpetuation of the legend, history, traditions, and camaraderie associated with the Skyhawk.
  • Space Center, Alamogordo New Mexico
  • Total Aviation Search Engine
  • Wright-Patterson AFB; Wright Laboratory
  • Elevon: A web site dedicated to aviation. It has an extensive database on aircraft compiled by Emmanuel Gustin and Joe Baugher.

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United States Museums

  • The 390th Memorial Museum is located in Tucson, Arizona on the grounds of the third largest aviation museum in the United States, the Pima Air and Space Museum. The 390th museum contains the beautifully restored B-17G "I'll Be Around".
  • American Airpower Heritage Museum
  • Arkansas Air Museum: A Museum that Flies The historic aircraft in the Arkansas Air Museum are unusual among museum exhibits because most of them still fly. There are few "stuffed birds" in this collection.

  • DC-3 Aviation On-Line Museum
  • EAA Air Adventure Museum: More than 90 full-size aircraft are on display at the EAA Air Adventure Museum. They range from aviation's earliest days to today's high-tech home built. The Museum also features the Eagle Hangar, dedicated to World War II aviation, historic fighter jets from the 1950-60-70-80's, and Pioneer Airport, which re-creates a grass strip airport of the 0 1920-30's era.
  • Hill Aerospace Museum (Salt Lake City)

  • International Women's Air And Space Museum: The International Women's Air and Space Museum, located in Centerville Ohio, celebrated its ten year anniversary in March. The Museum was originally the plan of a group of Ninety-Nines to preserve the achievements of women in aviation through personal artifacts and archives.
  • Intrepid Sea-Air-Space-Museum

  • Kansas Aviation Museum
  • The Aviation Museum of Kentucky is located at Bluegrass Airport, Lexington. The facility has 12,000 square feet of display area, a fully equipped shop for aviation restoration projects, an office, a library/archive and a gift shop. The museum is a dynamic entity which includes not only older restored aircraft and memorabilia, but also air-worthy, flyable aircraft for the public to enjoy.
  • Lone Star Flight Museum: A treasure on Galveston Island, the Lone Star Flight Museum captivates historians and entertains youngsters of all ages. The golden age of aviation lives on at one of the fines museums in the state.
  • The MAPS Air Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating people about the history of aviation and its impact upon society. It accomplishes this mission by acquiring, restoring, preserving, and exhibiting the impact of aviation on the culture of man.
  • McCarran Aviation Heritage Museum: Located in McCarran International Airport, the McCarran Aviation Heritage Museum is one of the Las Vegas valley's newest museums. The Museum shows the history of aviation in Southern Nevada, from the first flight in 1920 through the introduction of jets.
  • Mid Atlantic Air Museum. Located at Reading Pennsylvania's Regional Airport (Carl A. Spaatz Field - RDG), the Museum's collection includes award-winning warbirds, classic airliners, rare & unusual military and civilian aircraft and historic exhibits.
  • Minnesota Air Guard Museum: Dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of the Minnesota Air National Guard. The museum is located on the Air Guard base at the North-East corner of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
  • National Warplane Museum: Chemung County, New York's Elmira-Corning Regional Airport
  • Octave Chanute Aerospace Museum located in Rantoul Illinois.
  • Oklahoma Air and Space Museum
  • Piper Air Museum: In 1937, the Piper Aircraft Corporation was established in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania. There, William T. Piper laid the foundation for his now famous line of aircraft. Soon the clouds of World War II began to form, and Piper Aircraft began manufacturing large numbers of tube and fabric trainers for the military. In 1984, Piper Aircraft Corp. closed the doors to the Lock Haven, Pennsylvania factory. The rest is, well as they say, history!
  • Planes Of Fame Air Museum: This unique museum, founded by Robert J. Pond, is dedicated to the restoration and preservation of America's premier World War II aircraft. On display are more than 20 aircraft, making it one of the largest airworthy collections of World War II aircraft in the world.
  • The Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome is a living museum of antique aviation, located in Rhinebeck, New York. We present one of the largest collections of early aero planes in the world, and fly many of these historically significant aircraft in exciting air shows.
  • Museum of Aviation at Robins Air Force Base: The second largest museum in the United States Air Force. Situated on a beautiful 43-acre site adjacent to the south gate of Robins Air Force Base, the museum now boasts a premier collection of 89 aircraft and missiles dating from an early 1896 glider to modern day aircraft like the SR-71 Blackbird, U-2 and F-15 Eagle. Informative and interesting exhibits tell the story of aviation events from World War II, the Korean War, Desert Storm and the major role of Robins Air Force in support of national defense.
  • San Diego Aerospace Museum: Experience aviation's history from the Wright Flyer to the Space Shuttle. The San Diego Aerospace Museum brings to life aviation's rich heritage through a dazzling collection of over 65 U.S. and foreign aircraft and spacecraft on display for your education and enjoyment.
  • The Museum of Flying Santa Monica houses a rare collection of World War II fighter aircraft. The majority of the aircraft within the collection are in flight ready condition and frequently take part in air races across the US.
  • Seattle Museum of Flight: Featuring 54 of the world's most awe-inspiring airplanes-authentic and in mint condition. In the steel and glass Great Gallery, the history of aviation soars past, with dozens of full-size aircraft flying in formation six stories above.
  • Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum
  • Southern Museum of Flight where visitors can view eight decades of aviation history through aircraft, engines, models, and memorabilia of some of the greatest aviation pioneers of all time! Aircraft include the first Delta Air Lines plane; a Huff Daland crop duster; replica of the 1912 Curtis Pusher; Republic Seabee amphibian; T-6 WW II trainer; F4 jet fighter; sailplanes; and homebuilts.
  • The Strategic Air Command Museum in Bellevue displays aviation exhibits and artifacts, including a large outdoor missile display and 32 vintage war birds . Located on an inactive runway at Offutt Air Force Base, the museum is dedicated to preserving the war birds that fought for this country's freedom.
  • United States Air Force Museum at Wright Patterson Air Force Base
  • Western Museum Of Flight: Open to the public five days per week, Tuesday through Saturday, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, the Western Museum of Flight is located at historic "Jack Northrop Field - Hawthorne Municipal Airport", 120th Street and Prairie Avenue in the city of Hawthorne, California.
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Foreign Museums and Aviation Sites

  • Naval Museum Of Alberta: A fantastic collection of naval artifacts including three RCN fighter aircraft which flew on the decks of HMCS Warrior, Magnificent and Bonaventure. The aircraft are a Supermarine Seafire Mk. XV (naval version of the famous Spitfire), a Hawker Sea Fury Mk. II (the worlds fastest piston-engine fighter which successfully destroyed Soviet built MIG jets in combat during the Korean War) and a McDonnell Banshee F2H-3 jet fighter.
  • Calgary Aerospace Museum
  • Canadian National Aviation Museum
  • Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum
  • Aviation Museum Of Denmark: The collection in the Air Museum comprise more than 30 aircraft from the Danish history of flight.
  • The Museum of Flight, Scotland: The Museum opened in 1975 and two hangars on this historic airfield now show a collection of aircraft and associated objects dating from 1895 to the present day
  • Monino Aviation Museum, Russia: The AF Museum exists from 1958 and now is the biggest aviation museum on the territory of the former USSR. It was opened under the initiative of Air Marshal S.A. Krasovsky, the Air Force Academy head at that time. Now the Air Force Museum still forms an integral part of the academy, the "factory" of command and staff cadres for the military aviation, as it often called.
  • The Nanton Lancaster Society and Air Museum: Honouring all those associated with Bomber Command during WWII and commemorating the activities of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan.
  • New Zeland Flighter Pilots Museum: Situated in one of the most beautiful parts of the South Island of New Zealand is the largest collection of flyable World War II fighters in the Southern Hemisphere. Wanaka Airport is host to the New Zealand Fighter Pilots Museum and the Alpine Fighter Collection.
  • The Western Canada Aviation Museum presents an exciting look into Canada's Aviation past. All phases of aviation industry, from early bush planes to the jet age, are represented in the Museum's collection. Billed as Canada's second largest aviation museum, the WCAM provides a tangible link with Canada's flying history.

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