BBC-Horizon, the British documentary film unit that orignially produced NOVA's "Vanished!," maintains several pages on their Web site related to the Stardust crash. Read the transcript of the original BBC film and browse through Horizon's list of plane-crash links, including several on plane-crash investigation and forensic science.
Browse through a seemingly endless selection of airplane photographs from the beginning of aviation history to the present day, or take a virtual tour of the Garber restoration facility, where historic aircraft are refurbished before being put on display in museums. This site offers technical specifications and histories of almost every imaginable airplane from around the world.
Learning Morse code may seem like an anachronistic exercise in our age of email and cell phones, but the fact is, the more dependent we are on sophisticated communications, the more powerless we may be when an emergency occurs and equipment is broken. To learn the essential language of Morse code, visit this Web site.
Jet streams play a key role in the weather by steering storms and determining where storms form. USA Today's Weather site is an excellent source for information on the jet stream and other winds, and features impressive animations and illustrations.
BooksAviation Disasters. By David Gero. London: Butler and Tanner, 1996.
Organized by decade, this volume surveys the world's major civil airliner crashes since 1950 in brief, thorough entries. Aviation Disasters includes hundreds of photos and a glossary of plane crash terminology.
Aircraft Safety: Accident Investigations, Analyses & Applications. By Shari Stamford Krause. New York: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing, 1996.
This comprehensive book examines over 40 aircraft accidents, including those of major airlines and also general aviation, from the perspective of pilots, crew members, air-traffic controllers, and National Transportation Safety Board findings. The author groups the accidents by four probable causes: human factor, weather, mid-air collisions, and mechanical failure.
Morse Code: The Essential Language. By L. Peter Carron, Jr. W3DKV. Newington, CT: The American Radio Relay League, 1991-1996.
Why would anyone use Morse, asks this thorough primer on the code? Well, for starters, Morse code is the world's most widely recognized means of signaling, it is the only code allowed on all amateur frequencies, and it is the only code that both man and machine understand. For other benefits—and lots of useful information—read this book.
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