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Learn about the history and science of flight at ALLSTAR - Aeronautics Learning Laboratory for Science Technology and Research. Here you will find several articles on flight - Pre-Flight , Early Flight, The Beginning Years, Today, Outstanding Men & Women, and Knowledge Review.

Here are some new and interesting plane designs and many good descriptions for airplane types. Most include the answers to common questions. What is the design and purpose of the plane? What are its limitations as well as attributes?
  • A-10 Thunderbolt II (A.K.A. Warthog)
  • F-111 Aardvark, F-15E Strike Eagle
  • F-16 Fighting Falcon
  • F-117 Nighthawk
  • SR-71 Blackbird
  • Tornado IDS
  • Spaceship One


Questions correspond to the steps in the Engineering Design Process.
  • Ask (What? Ask questions, understand the need, identify the problem, define)
  • Imagine (So what? Imagine, brainstorm, explore, discover)
  • Plan (Now what? Plan, design)
  • Create (Do it. Create, try it out)
  • Improve (If this then what? Improve, make it better)

Engineering ideas
  • yaw, aerodynamics, roll, pitch, Otto Lilienthal, 1800, 1922, aviator, lift, thrust, Kittyhawk, Wright, drag, gravity, Sir George Cayley,

Do it
Now it is your turn. Here are some challenges for you to work on...
  • Learn the vocabulary and concept words, and complete the crossword that contains fifteen words that relate to aerospace technology.

  • take the History of Flight quiz

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