National Park Service: Aviation Related Historic Sites
The National Park Service administers several aviation related historic sites including: Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, Wright Brothers National Memorial, Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, USS Arizona Memorial, Aleutain World War II National Historic Area, Minuteman Missile National Historic Park, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Gateway National Recreation Area, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, American Memorial Park, Canaveral National Seashore, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, War in the Pacific National Historical Park, Everglades National Park, and White Sands National Monument.
United States Air Force Museum
Wright Patterson Air Force Base is one of the largest and most important bases in the U.S. Air Force, and includes the Wright Brother's Huffman Prairie Flying Field and the USAF Museum.
U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission
The Federal commission was established by Congress to assist in commemoration of the centennial of powered flight and the achievements of the Wright brothers. Their website provides a comprehensive collection of outstanding educational essays, multimedia, links to aviation related museums around the county, and the most up-to-date information on celebration activity.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Congress established NASA in 1958 as a civilian agency to lead "the expansion of human knowledge of phenomena in the atmosphere and space." NASA Headquarters and the nine NASA Field Centers located across the nation are planning education-based activities to celebrate the Centennial. NASA's website offers a variety of educational resources and photographs.
Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum
:This national museum maintains the largest collection of historic air and spacecraft in the world. It is also a vital center for research into the history, science, and technology of aviation and space flight. In December 2003, the museum will open its 760,000 square foot companion facility at the Washington Dulles International Airport in Northern Virginia.
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
Officially formed in 1963 AIAA is the world's largest professional organization devoted to advancing engineering and scientific pursuits within aviation, space and defense on behalf of government, industry and academia.
Guidelines for Evaluating and Documenting Historic Aviation Properties
Although written for individuals interested in nominationg avaition related places to the National Register, but this National Register Bulletin contains a wealth of useful historical information.
Teaching with Historic Places: Aviation Lesson Plans
The National Register of Historic Places' Teaching with Historic Places program has developed several classroom-ready lesson plans that focus on America's aviation history.
Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itineraries
Other travel itineraries in the National Park Service's ongoing series include many historic destinations that you can visit online or in person. Each itinerary spotlights a different geographic region, community, or theme.
American Aviation Heritage Theme Study, National Historic Landmarks
To ensure the preservation and protection of our nation's aviation heritage, work is underway on a Theme Study on the history of American aviation to identify the sites, districts, buildings, structures, and landscapes that best illustrate or commemorate key events.
Man In Space, National Park Service History Program
A historical study of the locations and events associated with man's exploration of space.
Legends of Tuskegee, National Park Service Museum Management Program
This web exhibit highlights the achievements of the Booker Taliafero Washington, George Washington Carver and the Tuskegee Airmen and features the collections of the Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site and Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site located in Tuskegee, Alabama.
Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record (HABS/HAER)
The HABS/HAER program documents important architectural, engineering and industrial sites throughout the United States and its territories. Their collections, including a number of aviation related sites, are archived at the Library of Congress and available online. You can view these by clicking on the link above and entering the search terms such as "airplane," "hangar," or "air force."
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Learn about the programs of and membership in the oldest national nonprofit preservation organization.
Historic Hotels of America
A feature of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Heritage Traveler program that provides information on historic hotels and package tours in the vicinity of this itinerary.
National Park Service Office of Sustainable Tourism
National Parks have been interwoven with tourism from their earliest days. This website highlights the ways in which the National Park Service promotes and supports sustainable, responsible, informed, and managed visitor use through cooperation and coordination with the tourism industry.
The History of Traveling by Air
An introduction to aviation. A summary of the history of flight with links on the history of flight, how planes are engineered, and the different types of planes.
AviationWeek.com is on the largest free sources of news information for aviation/aerospace professionals. The website covers news from various channels including commercial, defense, business aviation, MRO, and space, and allows users to comment. Blogs, videos, and photos are features that are particularly popular with visitors.
National Scenic Byways Program This website, maintained by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, includes information on State and nationally designated byway routes throughout America based on their archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational, and scenic qualities. Visit the America’s Byways Alaska's Marine Highway or Outer Banks Scenic Byway website for more ideas.
Links to Websites of Places Featured in this Itinerary
Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park & Wright Patterson Air Force Base
Wright Brothers National Memorial
Fort Myer Historic District
Pearson Field, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
Stinson Field, Mission Parkway
Shenandoah Crash Site
Charles A. Lindbergh, Sr. House
Torrey Pines Gliderport
Naval Air Station Sunnyvale/Moffett Field Museum
Amelia Earhart Birthplace
Terminal Building, Old, Hangar and Powerhouse at Key Field
The General George P. Scriven House
Building No.105, Boeing Airplane Company
Floyd Bennett Field Historic District
Santa Fe Depot and Reading Room
Kansas Aviation Museum
Washington National Airport Terminal and South Hangar Line
College Park Airport
Naval Air Station, San Diego, Historic District
Kelly Field Historic District
Hangar 9, Brooks Air Force Base
Crissy Field, Presidio of San Francisco
Randolph Field Historic District
Hamilton Field History Museum
Rogers Dry Lake
Variable Density Tunnel
Full Scale 30- by 60-Foot Tunnel
Wendover Air Force Base
Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site
USS Arizona Memorial
World War II Facilities at Midway
Radar Station B-71
Dutch Harbor Naval Operating Base and Fort Mears, U.S. Army
Truk Lagoon Underwater Fleet, Truk Atoll
Tinian Landing Beaches, Ushi Point and North Fields, Tinian Islands
Hangar No. 1 U.S. Naval Air Station Wildwood
Building 1301, Dover Air Force Base
Douglas DC-3 Airplane, N34
U.S. Army Aircraft P-51D-25NA 44-73287
TBM-3E "Avenger" Torpedo Bomber Warplane
United States Air Force Academy
White Sands V-2 Launching Site
U.S. Naval Ordnance Test Facilities, Topsail
Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
Redstone Test Stand
Space Launch Complex 10
Space Flight Operations Facility
John F. Kennedy Space Center
Apollo Mission Control Center
Space Environmental Simulation Laboratory
Rocket Propulsion Test Complex
Saturn V Launch Vehicle
Rendezvous Docking Simulator
Lunar Landing Research Facility
Minuteman Missile National Historic Park
Air Force Facility Missile Site 8