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Flying high is a selection of websites about the history, science and mechanics of flight.
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Encyclopedia - Britannica Online Encyclopedia

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Britannica Online School Edition provides a range of information on many aspects of flight. NB: School log-on and password required.
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How Do Birds Fly?

Bird flight is one of the most remarkable phenomena in the animal kingdom. Here are some animations that show how the main physical forces such as lift, gravity and thrust affect bird flight.
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Flight - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Flight is the process by which an object moves, through an atmosphere (especially the air) or beyond it (as in the case of spaceflight), by generating aerodynamic lift, propulsive thrust, aerostatically using buoyancy, or by ballistic movement, without direct support from any surface.

Many things fly, from natural aviators such as birds, bats and insects to human inventions such as missiles, aircraft such as airplanes, helicopters and balloons, to rockets such as spacecraft.

The engineering aspects of flight are studied in aerospace engineering which is subdivided into aeronautics, the study of vehicles that travel through the air, and astronautics, the study of vehicles that travel through space, and in ballistics, the study of the flight of projectiles.

Wikipedia has an extensive article on the history, science, and mechanics of flight. Wikipedia usually has really good references and links at the bottom of the articles for further reference.

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Smithsonian Education - How Things Fly

Here are lessons and activities that have been adapted from classroom-tested materials developed by the education department of the Smithsonian Institution's National Air andSpaceMuseum.

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The story of aviation in New Zealand

The story of aviation in New Zealand | Flying high | Scoop.it

Learn about the history of aviation in New Zealand from the early beginnings to the present day.

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How everyday items are made - airplanes

Here is a great clip showing assembly of early planes then a speed build of a Boeing 747.

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Flight Activities for Kids

Flight Activities for Kids | Flying high | Scoop.it

Flight is a fun topic that features many interesting science principles and facts. Kids will enjoy the cool flying demonstrations and activities featured in this lesson plan.

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TeacherTube is an educator and student friendly site for sharing the best content for you your class.

TeacherTube is an educator and student friendly site for sharing the best content for you your class. | Flying high | Scoop.it

This clip features Bill Nye as he explains in a fun and zanny way how objects fly.

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NASA on aeronautics, flight, airplanes, and more

Great use of colourful graphics help explain the science and mechanics of flight.

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Aerial recreation - Kiwi style

Aerial recreation - Kiwi style | Flying high | Scoop.it

Ballooning, gliding, parachuting, skydiving, hang gliding, paragliding, microlight flying, paramotoring - using the science of flight to experience the freedom and exhilaration of soaring like a bird.

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Wright Brothers' dream of flying.

Wright Brothers' dream of flying. | Flying high | Scoop.it

From the popular PBS  Kids website this article describes how the Wright Brothers turned a dream into reality.

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How planes work: the science of airplane flight

How planes work: the science of airplane flight | Flying high | Scoop.it
An easy-to-understand explanation of how planes get up into the air and stay there.
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