Aeronautics Research Guide

Welcome to the Smithsonian Libraries and Archives' Aeronautics Research Guide. This is a select list of mostly freely-available resources for students, teachers, and researchers to learn about aeronautics. It is complimented by our Astronomy Research Guide and our Earth and Space Sciences Research Guide. Please feel free to Contact Us with suggestions for additional resources or with questions.


  • NASA Dryden Aircraft Photograph Collection: This collection contains digitized photos of many of the unique research aircraft flown at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards AFB, California. These images date from the 1940s to the present. No copyright protection is asserted for these photographs.
  • World War I Modeling: Information about creating W.W.I aircraft models, including numerous illustrations.

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Last Updated March 29, 2021