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Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II at RIAT 2016
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Contribute to Aeroflight

Share your knowledge of aircraft and aviation history using the contribute form below. This form feeds directly into the Aeroflight system and once your post is approved it’ll be live, so double check before you hit send! Your contributions are greatly appreciated, and will make the site more complete and useful.

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Posting Policy

1. Introduction and Guidelines

Aeroflight is a website written by aviation enthusiasts for aviation enthusiasts. Posts are submitted on a voluntary (unpaid) basis for the benefit of other aviation enthusiasts.

Submissions are moderated.

This website concentrates on heavier-than-air aircraft, (i.e. fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters and gliders), rather than lighter-than-air aircraft, (balloons and airships). Air sports such as parachuting or hang gliding are not covered.

Unlike on Wikipedia, plaigarism of others work will not be accepted here. All posts must be in your words, and all images must have the copyright owners permission for use.

Always acceptable on this site
Articles on any aspect of aviation history, specific aircraft types, their operators, bases, markings and preservation.

More specifically:

AIRCRAFT – Profiles of specific types, pilot’s impressions, pictorial features, individual aircraft histories

AIRSHOWS – Past and present aviation events, airshows, exhibitions and trade shows, fly-ins and rallies

BASES – Past and present airfields, airports and aircraft-carrying ships

HISTORY – History of aviation in a specific country, territory or region – both general histories and specific events.

IMAGES – Still photos or video of aircraft. Static or action shots, walk-arounds, close-ups etc.

MARKINGS – National markings, unit markings, military serial numbers, civil aircraft registers, other markings

MEDIA – Reviews or over-views of aviation-related books, magazines, DVDs, aircraft scale drawings, websites etc.

MANUFACTURERS – History of the aircraft industry in a specific country or region, histories of aircraft manufactures

MISCELLANEOUS – Humour, personal memoires, aviation myths and legends, etc

OPERATORS – Commercial, Private and Public Service operators as well as Air Forces and Government Agencies. Including organisation, unit histories

PRESERVATION – Aviation exhibits in museums, gate guardians, aircraft restorations, warbirds etc

Usually Acceptable
All the above

Unsually Unacceptable
Articles that criticise named individuals

Unacceptable
Any material that in the Editor’s opinion would bring the site into disrepute. All such material shall be deleted and the author banned from the site.

2. Website Sections and Categories
Aeroflight content is divided into several sections. Please post in the appropriate section by chosing the relevent Category in the drop-down list provided. Please also choose a number of Tags to aid keyword searches.

Initial set-up

By the 10th Anniversary of the Aeroflight website in 2006, it was becoming apparent that the existing fixed HTML page design was becoming dated.  I started looking for a new approach.

At that time the main options appeared to be bespoke software coding in a scripting language or buying a commercial package.  Neither of these was very attractive.

It was then suggested to me that WordPress might be a useful package to look at.  WordPress is a free open source database-based programme for blogging websites.  It also allows static webpages and has many plugins available to add extra functions.   It is now the most widely used blogging software on the web.

Since WordPress can be regarded as a ready-written shell for database interrogation, it seemed to me that a tailored version would be ideal for the database-driven interactive web experience I was looking for.

Having experimented with a ‘test’ version, looking at the applicability of the programme to my particular application, and testing various plugins, I concluded that WordPress was the way forward.

The move from the old static pages website to ‘Aeroflight 2.0’ should be as follows:

upload WP to the webspace and active

apply settings for date, time, fixed front page etc

set up permalinks for .htm endings for both posts and pages (latter uses a plugin)

select a theme (‘Magicblue’) and setup sidebar widgets

upload header images and modified template pages to get the page design required.  The main page is split into a main section and a sidebar.  The main section will be wide enought to show the pages from the old design unaltered.  The sidebar will show search, login and latest additions to the site.

add the categories to be used on the site for pages and posts.

add the proposed page structure

add the fixed front page text

add the drop-down menu

migrate selected existing articles as posts

add templates for each of the different types of page to be used

migrate existing pages as pages in the new templates

– spiral 1a complete – time for bug fixing and link checking

in spiral 1b the HTML tables are replaced by database functions

in spiral 2 additional functions are added, such as the photo galley which mainly database dependent.