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Blackburn, Ken, and Jeff Lammers. The World Record Paper Airplane Book. New York: Workman, 1994.

Doherty, Paul, Don Rathjen, and Exploratorium Teacher Institute Staff. The Spinning Blackboard and Other Dynamic Experiments on Force and Motion. New York: John Wiley, 1996.

Epstein, Lewis Carroll. Thinking Physics: Practical Lessons in Critical Thinking, Gedanken Physics. San Francisco: Insight Press, 1994.

Flight. Alexandria, Va.: Time-Life Books, 1990.

Jakab, Peter L. Visions of a Flying Machine: The Wright Brothers and the Process of Invention. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1990.

Jennings, Terry J. Planes, Gliders, Helicopters, and Other Flying Machines. New York: Larousse Kingfisher Books, 1995.

Lopez, Donald. Flight. Alexandria, Va.: Time-Life Books, 1995.

Oakes, Claudia M., and Kathleen Brooks-Pazmany. Aircraft of the National Air and Space Museum. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1992.

Smith, H.C. Illustrated Guide to Aerodynamics. 2nd ed. Blue Ridge Summit, Pa.: TAB Books, 1992.

The Visual Dictionary of Flight. New York: Dorling Kindersley, 1993.


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The Air Affair
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Landings: Aviation's Busiest Hub in Cyberspace
Michele's Virtual Hanger


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