Additional Links

Here are a list of additional links for more information on aviation in the state of Virginia.

Virginia Department of Aviation
The Virginia Department of Aviation is a state transportation agency whose mission is to cultivate an advanced aviation system that is safe, secure, and provides for economic development; promotes aviation awareness and education; and provides executive flight services for the Commonwealth leadership.

Virginia Aviation Museum
The Virginia Aviation Museum features the spectacular SR-71 Blackbird; 38 historic, vintage aircraft; reproductions of the Wright brothers’ kite, gliders and famous 1903 Flyer; early flight memorabilia; a World War II diorama that includes the Tuskegee Airmen and Women’s Airforce Service Pilots; and the Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame.

First Flight Society
This website will give you lots of information not only about the origins of aviation, but also about major aviation milestones and events of today. You will find out what the First Flight Society accomplishes, how to join the Society, and how to contact us. Return to the Outer Banks every December 17th to celebrate the "12 seconds that changed the world" and meet fellow enthusiasts.

Virginia Air & Space Center
Take flight to the Virginia Air & Space Center, the visitor center for NASA Langley Research Center and Langley Air Force Base. Your imagination will soar as you launch a rocket, pilot a space shuttle, come face-to-face with the Apollo 12 Command Module, and a DC-9 passenger jet. Experience a 3D IMAX film in the Riverside IMAX Theater...you have to see it to believe it! There is always something new landing at the Virginia Air & Space Center!

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Washington Dulles International Airport is the companion facility to the Museum on the National Mall. The building opened in December, 2003, and provides enough space for the Smithsonian to display the thousands of aviation and space artifacts that cannot be exhibited on the National Mall. The two sites together showcase the largest collection of aviation and space artifacts in the world.

NASA
NASA's mission is to pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research. To do that, thousands of people have been working around the world -- and off of it -- for 50 years, trying to answer some basic questions. What's out there in space? How do we get there? What will we find? What can we learn there, or learn just by trying to get there, that will make life better here on Earth?

Abandoned Airfields
As a pilot, a particular interest of mine has always been the abandoned airfields that dot the landscape of much of this country. Both for their potential safety value to a pilot in an emergency, and also for their sometimes fascinating history, this particular topic has always held my curiosity. When I'm a passenger on commercial flights, I've always found myself looking out the window, constantly looking for airfields below. When I fly as a pilot myself, I've always tried to land at as many airports as possible, to learn a little about each one.

General Aviation News
Since 1949, General Aviation News has been bringing information about the world of general aviation to our subscribers.  The publication has had a number of names over the years – Sell-A-Plane, Northwest Flyer, Western Flyer, The Flyer, General Aviation News & Flyer and finally General Aviation News – but the goal has always been the same: provide up-to-the-minute, factual details about all aspects of general aviation and do it in a manner that is enjoyable to read.

The AutoPILOT
For several years now, The AutoPILOT has had the privilege of writing about men and women who have made significant contributions to aviation. The AutoPILOT reaches a community of readers that are all held together by a single common thread: their love and passion for aviation. The beauty of The AutoPILOT is that it tells the stories of the people who promote aviation’s positive aspects and inspire others to take up the challenge.

National Air & Space Museum
The Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space 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, as well as planetary science and terrestrial geology and geophysics.

American Aviation Historical Society