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An aircraft is a vehicle that is able to fly by gaining support from the air. It counters the force of gravity by using either static lift or by using the dynamic lift of an airfoil, or in a few cases the downward thrust from jet engines. Common examples of aircraft include airplanes, helicopters, airships (including blimps), gliders, paramotors and hot air balloons.

The human activity that surrounds aircraft is called aviation. The science of aviation, including designing and building aircraft, is called aeronautics. Crewed aircraft are flown by an onboard pilot, but unmanned aerial vehicles may be remotely controlled or self-controlled by onboard computers. Aircraft may be classified by different criteria, such as lift type, aircraft propulsion, usage and others.

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A close up view of a US Air Force B-2 Spirit Bomber from 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman AFB, MO being refueled by the boom and refueling arm of a KC-10 Extender aircraft. The image was taken from the Boom Operators position

A close up view of a US Air Force B-2 Spirit Bomber from 509th Bomb Wi...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Whiteman Air Force Base State: Missouri (MO) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Chuck Reger Release Status: Rel... More

Photograph of the Rear Control Car of a Dirigible, ca. 1933

Photograph of the Rear Control Car of a Dirigible, ca. 1933

Original Caption: Photograph of the Rear Control Car of a Dirigible, ca. 1933..U.S. National Archives’ HMS Record Entry ID: NWL-16051..Creator: U.S. Congress. Joint Committee to Investigate Dirigible Disasters... More

Alaska Aerial Surveys - Alaska

Alaska Aerial Surveys - Alaska

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Alaska Aerial Surveys - Alaska

Alaska Aerial Surveys - Alaska

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Alaska Aerial Surveys - Alaska

Alaska Aerial Surveys - Alaska

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Alaska Aerial Surveys - Alaska

Alaska Aerial Surveys - Alaska

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Alaska Aerial Surveys - Alaska

Alaska Aerial Surveys - Alaska

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Alaska Aerial Surveys - Alaska

Alaska Aerial Surveys - Alaska

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Alaska Aerial Surveys - Alaska

Alaska Aerial Surveys - Alaska

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Alaska Aerial Surveys - Alaska

Alaska Aerial Surveys - Alaska

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Alaska Aerial Surveys - Alaska

Alaska Aerial Surveys - Alaska

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Alaska Aerial Surveys - Alaska

Alaska Aerial Surveys - Alaska

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Aircraft and Airports - Idaho

Aircraft and Airports - Idaho

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Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - Oregon

Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - Oregon

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Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - Oregon

Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - Oregon

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - Washington

Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - Washington

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - Washington

Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - Washington

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Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - New Mexico

Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - New Mexico

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Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - Oregon

Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - Oregon

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Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - New Hampshire

Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - New Hampshire

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - Minnesota

Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - Minnesota

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Aircraft and Airports - Oregon

Aircraft and Airports - Oregon

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Aircraft and Airports - Oregon

Aircraft and Airports - Oregon

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Aircraft and Airports - Minnesota

Aircraft and Airports - Minnesota

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Aircraft and Airports - Minnesota

Aircraft and Airports - Minnesota

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Helicopters - District of Columbia

Helicopters - District of Columbia

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Aircraft and Airports - Oregon

Aircraft and Airports - Oregon

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Aircraft and Airports - Idaho

Aircraft and Airports - Idaho

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Aircraft and Airports - Minnesota

Aircraft and Airports - Minnesota

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Helicopters - New Mexico

Helicopters - New Mexico

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Helicopters - District of Columbia

Helicopters - District of Columbia

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Helicopters - District of Columbia

Helicopters - District of Columbia

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - Arkansas

Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - Arkansas

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - Idaho

Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - Idaho

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Helicopters - Washington

Helicopters - Washington

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - Washington

Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - Washington

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - Washington

Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - Washington

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - Washington

Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - Washington

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - New Hampshire

Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - New Hampshire

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - New Hampshire

Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - New Hampshire

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - New Hampshire

Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - New Hampshire

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Aircraft and Airports - Washington

Aircraft and Airports - Washington

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Aircraft and Airports - Missouri

Aircraft and Airports - Missouri

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Aircraft and Airports - Oregon

Aircraft and Airports - Oregon

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Aircraft and Airports - Missouri

Aircraft and Airports - Missouri

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Helicopters - Washington

Helicopters - Washington

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Aircraft and Airports - Missouri

Aircraft and Airports - Missouri

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Helicopters - District of Columbia

Helicopters - District of Columbia

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Aircraft and Airports - Minnesota

Aircraft and Airports - Minnesota

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Aircraft and Airports - Minnesota

Aircraft and Airports - Minnesota

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Aircraft and Airports - Idaho

Aircraft and Airports - Idaho

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Helicopters - District of Columbia

Helicopters - District of Columbia

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Helicopters - District of Columbia

Helicopters - District of Columbia

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - Arkansas

Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - Arkansas

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Helicopters - Washington

Helicopters - Washington

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - Idaho

Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - Idaho

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Helicopters - Washington

Helicopters - Washington

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - Idaho

Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - Idaho

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Helicopters - Washington

Helicopters - Washington

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Alaska Aerial Surveys - Alaska

Alaska Aerial Surveys - Alaska

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Alaska Aerial Surveys - Alaska

Alaska Aerial Surveys - Alaska

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Alaska Aerial Surveys - Alaska

Alaska Aerial Surveys - Alaska

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Alaska Aerial Surveys - Alaska

Alaska Aerial Surveys - Alaska

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Alaska Aerial Surveys - Alaska

Alaska Aerial Surveys - Alaska

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Alaska Aerial Surveys - Alaska

Alaska Aerial Surveys - Alaska

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Tractor & Aerial Skidding: General

Tractor & Aerial Skidding: General

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Tractor & Aerial Skidding: General

Tractor & Aerial Skidding: General

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Alaska Aerial Surveys - Alaska

Alaska Aerial Surveys - Alaska

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Alaska Aerial Surveys - Alaska

Alaska Aerial Surveys - Alaska

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Alaska Aerial Surveys - Alaska

Alaska Aerial Surveys - Alaska

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Alaska Aerial Surveys - Alaska

Alaska Aerial Surveys - Alaska

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Alaska Aerial Surveys - Alaska

Alaska Aerial Surveys - Alaska

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Alaska Aerial Surveys - General

Alaska Aerial Surveys - General

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Alaska Aerial Surveys - Alaska

Alaska Aerial Surveys - Alaska

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Alaska Aerial Surveys - Alaska

Alaska Aerial Surveys - Alaska

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Tractor & Aerial Skidding: General

Tractor & Aerial Skidding: General

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Tractor & Aerial Skidding: General

Tractor & Aerial Skidding: General

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - Washington

Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - Washington

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - West Virginia

Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - West Virginia

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - Oregon

Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - Oregon

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - Oregon

Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - Oregon

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - Minnesota

Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - Minnesota

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - Minnesota

Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - Minnesota

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - Minnesota

Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - Minnesota

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - Washington

Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - Washington

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - Washington

Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - Washington

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - Oregon

Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - Oregon

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Aircraft and Airports - Minnesota

Aircraft and Airports - Minnesota

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Aircraft and Airports - Washington

Aircraft and Airports - Washington

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Aircraft and Airports - Minnesota

Aircraft and Airports - Minnesota

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Helicopters - Washington

Helicopters - Washington

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Helicopters - New Mexico

Helicopters - New Mexico

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Aircraft and Airports - Minnesota

Aircraft and Airports - Minnesota

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Helicopters - District of Columbia

Helicopters - District of Columbia

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Aircraft and Airports - Idaho

Aircraft and Airports - Idaho

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - Idaho

Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - Idaho

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Tractor & Aerial Skidding: General

Tractor & Aerial Skidding: General

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Tractor & Aerial Skidding: General

Tractor & Aerial Skidding: General

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Alaska Aerial Surveys - Alaska

Alaska Aerial Surveys - Alaska

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Alaska Aerial Surveys - Alaska

Alaska Aerial Surveys - Alaska

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

U.S. National Archives & DVIDS

The objects in this collection are from The U.S. National Archives and Defense Visual Information Distribution Service. The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) was established in 1934 by President Franklin Roosevelt. NARA keeps those Federal records that are judged to have continuing value—about 2 to 5 percent of those generated in any given year. There are approximately 10 billion pages of textual records; 12 million maps, charts, and architectural and engineering drawings; 25 million still photographs and graphics; 24 million aerial photographs; 300,000 reels of motion picture film; 400,000 video and sound recordings; and 133 terabytes of electronic data. The Defense Visual Information Distribution Service provides a connection between world media and the American military personnel serving at home and abroad. All of these materials are preserved because they are important to the workings of Government, have long-term research worth, or provide information of value to citizens.

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