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Aircraft of the Smithsonian

Thursday, May 10th, 2007 by | Filed Under: Cool Sites

Aircraft of the Smithsonian

On this Web site, you can browse through the 365 pieces of aircraft in the collection at the National Air and Space Museum. There are two ways you can search. You can search for a specific aircraft with the search engine or you can search using the alphabetical index.

With the alphabetical index, there are five pages organized from A to Z by the manufacturer name. For example, Abrams to Custer, Dassault to Fulton, Gallaudet to Kyushu, Laird to Morane-Saulnier and NAF to Zimmerman. Seeing as I don’t know the name of any aircrafts and only have these manufacturers to go by, I started in the alphabetical index.

So, I clicked into the Abrams to Custer section and was presented with a table. The table was broken down into four parts: Manufacturer & Aircraft Name, Serial/Registration #, C/N # and Other Numbers and Remarks. The first column is the one with the link to the aircraft.

I choose the Cessna 180: “The Spirit of Columbus” to look at. I was greeted with a photo of the plane, as well as, the information on its wingspan, length, height and weight. Then there was a detailed history of what the plane was used for.

This particular plane was flown by Geraldine Mock. She was the first woman to circumnavigate the globe. I also learned about the history of the plane and a great deal about Geraldine.

I was amazed at the stories behind these planes, as well as, what they were used for. From aerial photography to bombing to racing to endurance flying, they did it all. Each plane has an interesting history that I can’t wait to explore. Let’s get started, shall we?!

~ Amanda

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