ATLANTA — Shopping for an aviation or space enthusiast, including for ones own list, can be a difficult task during the holiday season.
The military or civilian pilot, maintainer, or air show enthusiast will want something new and unique. The latest technology for the cockpit or the clothes blazoned with their favorite air show performer is a must.
As the Christmas shopping season builds, we have compiled a list of diverse aviation and space flight online stores. Most of the stores listed are based in the United States.
Be sure to shop early, and look for updated discount codes on each site. Look carefully for their estimated delivery time.
We also suggest the gift of air show tickets to your nearest location. Air shows are family friendly events, and inspires future generations in STEM technologies.
AvGeekery.com’s List of Top Aviation & Space Shopping Sites
10. Aviation Megastore. This store is based in The Netherlands and they do ship international. Clothing, unique facemasks, and multimedia items are a few of the possible gift ideas for your list.
9. Pilot Outfitters. Great clothes for the AvGeek, a nice selection of aviation toys and gifts, plus beautiful art for the home or office. This site caters to the warbird lover and private pilot.
8. Aircraft Spruce and Specialty Company. Shop for equipment for both inside and outside your aircraft. Radios, novelty, multimedia, and a lot more. This site has literally everything a pilot or aircraft maintainer needs.
7. Space Center Houston’s Space Shop. Find exclusive apparel, toys, and jewelry plus a lot more for your gift plans. Located next door to the Johnson Space Center, this is where the astronauts shop for their gift ideas.
6. Aviation Shop. Aviation themed masks, watches, clothes, and a lot more make this a top site with creative gift ideas.
5. My Pilot Store. Great gift ideas for the aviator or aircraft enthusiast. Gifts for the cockpit, clothes, and training manuals will provide a huge gathering of ideas.
4. Naval Aviation Museum Store. Shop here for gifts for both children and adults from the five branches of service. Blue Angels fans will want to shop from here for top apparel and gifts.
3. Kennedy Space Center Visitor’s Complex Shop. From NASA to SpaceX, popular space flight themed clothes, home, and office items will offer the perfect gift idea. Located a few miles from the launch pads, this is where visiting astronauts and employees shop for their gifts.
2. The Pilot Mall for aviation supplies and gifts. From the latest flight apparel, to top gadgets and flight charts, Pilot Mall is a must shop site. This store is also the only place to find exclusive gifts online from past Sun ‘n Fun Fly-in and Airshow events.
1. Sporty’s Pilot Shop. The Sporty’s gift catalogue was a special treat when it arrived in the mail. Today, their popular website is full of incredible gift ideas. Also, you can scroll down their home page for smart device apps plus tips and recommendations.
(Charles A Atkeison reports on aerospace and technology. Follow his updates via social media @Military_Flight.)