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Anatomy of Concorde
On this detailed cross section, examine the features that enabled it to fly faster than sound.

Anatomy of a Jetliner
Look under the floorboards, above the ceiling, and inside the wings at a jet's sophisticated internal systems.

Antique Aviation
Hear three pilots describe what it's like to fly pioneer aircraft.

Built to Fly
Compare the anatomy of the oldest known bird and its dinosaur cousins.

Colditz Glider, The
POWs held within a Nazi prison secretly built an escape glider in an attic of the prison. Test a virtual cousin of the Colditz glider.

Designing for Stealth
How do you render a 15-ton hunk of flying metal nearly invisible to the enemy?

Getting Airborne
Send a plane down a runway at top speed and see how it achieves enough lift to take off.

Imaging With Radar
See what synthetic aperture radar can see with this picture of Washington, D.C., taken on a snowy winter's day.

MiG vs. Sabre Anatomy
Compare the two fighters—one Russian, one American—whose pilots dueled to the death over "MiG Alley."

Outfitting a Fighter Pilot
A pilot's gear is a sophisticated support system that can save his life in deadly situations.

Pilot the 1903 Flyer
In this clickable illustration of the first airplane, see how the Wright brothers solved the problem of steering.

Pulling Cs and Gs
Find out about centripetal force.

Radical Designs
View influential planes of Santos's era as well as a few odd designs that never quite made it.

Skydive from the Stratosphere
Step into the shoes of the man who made a record-setting jump from 100,000 feet and deploy your stabilizing and main parachutes to reach the ground safely.

Timeline of UAVs
From Civil War hot-air balloons to today's miniature flying robots, explore the history of unmanned aerial vehicles.

Tour a Blériot XI
In this audio interactive, a vintage-aircraft expert shows off the oldest operational airplane in the U.S.

Tour the Demoiselle
In this audio slide show, explore a replica of a 1909 Demoiselle #20.

Wind Tunnel Test
How did Microraptor use its second pair of wings to glide? See for yourself in this virtual experiment.

Wing Designs
Experiment with airfoil shapes and discover how they affect the way a plane flies.

 

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