Airplane Resources

See Also: Wright Brothers/Early Flight Resources

See Also: Bessie Coleman

Resource Type Title/Author Comments Check Out Again? Rating
Book/Library Pilots; Mattern, Joanne Simplistic introduction to what a pilot does Y 3
Book/Library Plane; Take it Apart Series; Oxlade, Chris Very nice break-outs of how a plane is put together Y 5
Book/Library Modern Aircraft; Allen, John E. A bit dated (1978); covers different uses for modern aircraft both military & civilian; does cover Concorde and  Harrier Y 5
Book/Library How Do Airplanes Fly? A Book about Airplanes; Berger, Melvin and Gilda Touches on many areas of flight for such a short book: early flight, helicopters, commercial airplanes, piston & jet engines Y 4
Book/Library (tape also available Hot-Air Henry; Calhoun, Mary Technically not an airplane; wonderful tale about a cat who accidentally solos in a hot-air balloon; whimsical Y 5
Book/Collection Airplanes and Other Things That Fly; Kelley, Steve From DaVinci & Greek myth through early flight and  space travel; good highlights of various types of craft Y 5
Video/Library Did You Ever Wonder How Airplanes Are Made?; MediaPro Teacher takes students on trip through Cessna plant; very interesting Y 5
Book/Purchase "What's a Piper Cub?"; Wheaton, Jim Twins are introduced to the exciting world of light aircraft, including a ride in a cub.  Y 5
Book/Purchase Flying Just Plane Fun; Grist, Julie Grandpa takes his grandson for a flight in his biplane, including preflight, gauges, lift and other technical details.  Y 5
Activity/Toy Brio Builder Set (or K'nex little kids set for younger children); build airplanes Various sets available, though none that I'm aware of that are specifically for building aircraft; lots of other uses, too Y 5
Field Trip/Museum Aircraft museum, see: Guide To Over 900 Aircraft Museums See and maybe even sit in or touch a real airplane Y 5
Field Trip Airport; see also Airport Field Trip See real airplanes and possibly even talk to a real pilot Y 5


Ratings: 5= Excellent, 4= Good, 3=Average, 2=Fair, 1=Poor