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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.22.06)

Aero-Linx!

Scouring the information super airways can sometimes be a tough, if educational, task for the Aero-News staff... but it also allows us to check out some truly neat and exciting sites, so it's not that bad a gig. On any given day, we may check dozens (and often hundreds) of different sources for story ideas, and facts confirmation. And, as is the nature of our business, much of this is done on the Internet.

Recently, the ANN gang decided we probably shouldn't keep some of the neat sites, info resources, and organizations we've discovered to ourselves... so we decided to bring you Aero-Linx. These are the sites that WE check out -- when we need added perspective, a new spin on a day's topic... or just want to escape into cyber-aero-space for awhile.

There are A LOT of truly valuable resources out there... from pages devoted to nearly every kind of aircraft imaginable, to some well-thought-out blogs, to the official websites of such organizations as AOPA, EAA, and NAFI -- you name it and its probably out there.

Look for some of our favorite sites, coming each day to ANN via Aero-Linx. Suggestions for future Aero-Linx segments are always welcome, as well.

Aero-Linx: Three-Eight Charlie

If you know the name of the first woman to fly solo around the world, you’re ahead of most people. By the way, if you thought it was Amelia Earhart, you’re incorrect. The distinction belongs to Jerrie Mock, a 38 year old mother of three, who accomplished the feat in 1964. Her historic flight was soon pushed aside by the growing war in Southeast Asia. It’s time to dust the cobwebs off this piece of history. Mock’s plane “Three Eight Charlie” will be displayed at the Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Center. Dan Pimentel wants to bring Mock’s story to the Silver Screen and is just waiting for Hollywood to believe in the Mock’s inspirational story and give it life (i.e. dollars).

FMI: www.three-eightcharlie.com

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