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Seattle Post-Intelligencer Aerospace Blog is no simple blog, this is a top notch daily newspaper in a community that is aerospace centered and this is their blog.

Shortfinals’s Blog a fusion blog that covers aviation and other interesting areas of life. A fusion blog I would say since he covers a gamut from culture and history to aviation and aeronautics. It is also a very good since centered in the UK (though he gets around) as well as addressing the NY Yankees. The range and depth of his knowledge is vast.

The Aviationist — formerly known as David Cenciottie’s Weblog: aviation from a different perspective — the author is a professional journalist, a retired pilot with the Italian Air Force and a wonderful photographer. He gives a refreshing Italian perspective, from a professional, of aviation. His books are top notch and he covers current dramatic aviation news with insight and objectivity.

Vintage Aeroplane Writer by James Kightly, a professional aviation author and journalist, is a wonderfully written blog from Australia. Historical subjects are treated thoroughly with facts and photos (many not commonly seen) with current events are addressed, as well.

Indy Transponder an especially good source regarding the air show news genre.

Jet City Star — a blog run by Isaac Alexander (one who knows the industry and technology) about aviation and aerospace in the Seattle–Puget Sound area.

Apron 6 is run by two aviators, Giel Sweertvaegher and Bob Vellemen who photograph as well as write about the joy of aviation these two experience. Apron 6 is populated with excellent original photos and inspired bits of prose.

American Aerospace written by an aerospace executive it has concise historical summaries and opinion. This blog, too, is a private one that is hosted by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

achtung, skyhawk! a pleasing blog from a pilot of a Cessna Skyhawk, not a Douglas Skyhawk. The blogger’s name is Boran Pivčić (Zagreb, Croatia) — he writes with a passion, provides artistic and illustrative photos and is in a part of the world far removed from the USA — so his material is fresh.

Passion Pour l’Aviation written in French by a pilot, air traffic controller and enthusiast. The photos and writing are very good and he lives in France so the material is fresh for me as it is not from a USA perspective. I use Google’s language tools to provide translations. The blog also has a huge list of aviation related links — this list is quite a resource.

神風 Kamikaze Images is a living encyclopedia-like web site written and researched by William Gordon. He has learned the language, traveled to sites and interviewed many people and continues to do so. References abound, information on the many museums, shrines and monuments are given along with reviews of books and films. There is much more to the site than can be written here. As a bonus he also keeps an update page so the site can be visited quickly to ascertain if changes pertinent to the reader’s interest have been made. This site is rare as it explores the multiple and complicated aspects of Japan’s Special Attack Units in WW II — a subject only being correctly addressed in the USA quite recently.

International Council of Airshows, Inc. an international resource for airshow schedules, performers and business resources regarding airshows

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Panoramio for viewing geographically referenced photos of the world. If it’s worth photographing, you’ll probably see it here.

Wikipedia for searching out information as well as references for further research.

Google Earth for viewing sites and finding routes.

Bing also for viewing sites — especially the Bird’s Eye View — and finding routes.

Airliners.net a great repository of photos, I go to the photos of the last 24 hours most often to find sites and displays but there is also a great search engine there.

神風 Kamikaze Images is a living encyclopedia-like web site written and researched by William Gordon. He has learned the language, traveled to sites and interviewed many people and continues to do so. References abound, information on the many museums, shrines and monuments are given along with reviews of books and films. There is much more to the site than can be written here. As a bonus he also keeps an update page so the site can be visited quickly to ascertain if changes pertinent to the reader’s interest have been made. This site is rare as it explores the multiple and complicated aspects of Japan’s Special Attack Units in WW II — a subject only being correctly addressed in the USA quite recently.

Skytamer.com is a site full of resources — especially the museum listings (which has museums, static display sites and the like).

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The Caffeinated Traveller — coffee, tea and travel destinations (real ones) written by a woman who doesn’t do top ten lists or follow the tour guides — it’s what to to do along the way to aviation sites!

Shortfinals’s Blog a fusion blog that covers aviation and other interesting areas of life. A fusion blog I would say since he covers a gamut from culture and history to aviation and aeronautics. It is also a very good since centered in the UK (though he gets around) as well as addressing the NY Yankees. The range and depth of his knowledge is vast.

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JetCheck as the blog’s subtitle states — is is about airlines, airports and aviation manufacturing. It is hosted as a private blog by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Note 15 September 2010: alas, this blog has been retired but the previous posts can still be viewed.

Aircrew Buzz a thorough blog regarding the airline industry and its aircraft. There has not been a post since 24 January 2011 and there is no explanation for the hiatus — let us hope the writer is well.

Airships: a Hindenburg and Zeppelin History Site the site’s name does not quite say it all as all manner of rigid airships are covered — as well as a few special blimp posts. The posts are informative and cover aspects not usually addressed by others, making for greater awareness of these air ships from a bygone aviation era. As a special bonus — this web log is authored by an educated historian and it tells in the information as well as writing.

Euan Cameron’s Blog — Euan lives in the hometown of one of the world’s best aviators, Jean Batten, Rotorua New Zealand. He keeps a sharp eye on the aviation scene there and it shows in this blog. 

Trails Through Time: short trips on the long road of aviation history — formerly entitled, Aviation Trivia of the Day: short trips on the long road of aviation history — covers aviation history succinctly and thoroughly in a well written style. JP Santiago also covers aspects of aviation history not often recalled or retold — but ones that should be.



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