Using today's modern technology to research vintage aircraft has brought a lot of material to your fingertips. In the past we have spent most of our time flipping through pages in books, magazines, manuals and photographs. But unless you have access to a large collection of books and magazines you may never run across the details you were after.
Searching for specific aircraft types
May I suggest the simple Google search. Open up your handy internet browser (we recommend Mozilla's Firefox) and type in www.google.com and a simple window will display on your screen. In the box in the middle of the screen type in "Spartan Executive." A list of web sites will show up on your screen. Click on as many that look related to the rare aircraft you are searching. (yes... my web site may come up on the Spartan Executive... enjoy!) Try typing in some other rare types and see what comes up. You will be surprised how much material is on the internet.
While you are on the Google search page be sure to select "Images" in the upper left portion of your screen. A page (or many pages) full of images will appear on what you entered in the search.
Looking for a specific aircraft
Visit the "Aircraft Information Center" at www.aircraftone.com and you will have the ability to search for the owner or N number of a specific aircraft.
Researching details of a rare vintage type
An outstanding resource for specification on rare aircraft types is available on www.aeroflies.com. Click on the image on the main page to enter. I would start on "Aircraft A-Z" on the left hand menu. BINGO! Click on a manufacturers name and look up the type you are after. Some rare types are listed here along with great pictures. I use this site as a source of specs and pictures for my blog.
On the prowl for rare books
The internet is THE place to hunt for rare aviation books. I would start at www.bookfinder.com. The first screen comes up with a search box ready for you. Author and title awaiting you entry. I cant tell you how many times friends have mentioned books to me they say are VERY rare and that you will never find a copy. Well... I find them and more of the time they can be found on Book Finder!
These few pointers I have recommended are just the begining! I will post soon on where to search for vintage aircraft photos! Forums, museums and a host of other resources are available... so, where do you do your research? What web sites do you use?