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Aeronautics and Astronautics Resource Guide: Introduction

A detailed listing of library resources for Aeronautics and Astronautics

Subject Guide

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Links to Helpful Library Guides Prepared at Purdue


Basic Information about Airlines

Airlines are profiled in magazine articles and the World Aerospace Database on Aviation Week Intelligence Network

  • Click on Go for Paid Customers.  To locate magazine articles, organizations, and fleets, do a AWIN Quick Search. For example: "Delta Air Lines" 
  • Click on  the Organizations results; Choose the Parent Company link to Delta Air Lines. 
  • Review tabs for profiles, especially personnel, financial, traffic, airports served, and fleets.  

Statistics from Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA),  Bureau of Transportaiton Statistics (U.S.)


Basic Information about Aircraft

Aircraft are profiled in survey articles in the subscription database: Jane's All World's Aircraft.  Results include keywords in the full-text articles. Text, tables, diagrams, and photograph are included. New content is shown in green. 

  • Find the Search box. For example, type: Boeing 737 
  • Browse the article(s). Unique features includes various models, physical characteristics, and a list of airlines that currently operate the aircraft or have it on order.
  • You may also review the update history of the article and review information that was available at a specific date. Information on older aircarft may not be available online.
  • Consult the printed Jane's All the World's Aircraft as needed.  Copies are available at the Aviation Technology Library and the Library of Engineering and Science. 

Aviation Week Intelligence Network contains an organization record for each airline.  The tab for Fleet shows the specifics for that airline.

Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS) System from FAA:

More Airlines and Airports Statistics from RITA:


Basic Information about Airports

Airport Codes (free lookup):

Statistics from Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA),  Bureau of Transportation Statistics (U.S.)

Data from the National Flight Data Center, Federal Aviation Agency

Data from the Airport IQ 5010: Airport Master Records and Reports, Aeronautical Information Services