Aviation Magazines in Netherlands

Introduction

This is a survey of Dutch aviation, defence and aircraft scale modelling magazines. The Netherlands is the home of some of the keenest and most adventurous aircraft spotters to be found anywhere. (Dutch spotters were amongst the first to explore Eastern Europe following the fall of the Berlin Wall). As a result, a large number of Dutch amateur aviation groups have published magazines to record their activities. In contrast, the professionally produced publications don’t seem to be nearly as successful.

All magazines are Dutch text only, unless otherwise stated.

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Aviation Magazines in United States

This is a survey of United States aviation, defence and aircraft scale modelling magazines.

With its large aviation community, the United States supports a considerable number of aircraft magazines. All branches of the US armed forces have very large aviation elements, and private flying is proportionally much more popular in the States than elsewhere in the world.

It should be noted that, in contrast to European aircraft magazines, many of those produced in the USA tend to focus more on the ‘human interest’ aspects of aviation, rather than technical details and design features. From a European perspective, this can make US magazines appear superficial and repetitive. Having said that, some of the subscription titles available in the USA can go into as much technical detail as any European reader could want.

The many regional magazines for private pilots which are available in the USA have been omitted from this survey for space reasons.

Partwork magazines that build-up into a complete collection are far less popular in the USA than in Europe or other parts of the world. This is reportedly due to the very high cost of the initial ‘advertising blitz’ required to launch such a title via the fragemented and regionalised media market operating in the USA.

For other nations, check our country by country listing. An alphabetical index of titles is also available, as is a list of useful magazine shops which deal with new or secondhand magazines.

Aviation Magazines in United Kingdom

This is a survey of British aviation, defence and aircraft scale modelling magazines.

Although a relatively air-minded country from the days of the first aviation pioneers, it was the Battle of Britain which brought aviation to the forefront for the general public. With daily and nightly air battles over the UK, aircraft recognition and advances in aviation technology became a matter of life and death. There were also an enormous number of people serving in the various armed services who had a professional interest in aviation.

The intense fascination with aviation as a result of this experience continued until well after the war, despite the shrinking size of the UK industry. The aircraft preservation movement, which really took off in the 1980s, and the growing tourist ‘heritage’ industry has rekindled a general interest in aircraft and aviation history.

The British publishing industry is world reknown for it’s quality content and high production values. The aircraft magazine sector is no exception. Even with the automatic advantage of publishing in English, many UK based magazines are widely circulated in Commonwealth and European countries, often appearing on newsagents shelves alongside the local magazines. This international readership is reflected in the non-parochial editorial outlook of many of these magazines.

For other nations, check our country by country listing. An alphabetical index of titles is also available, as is a list of useful magazine shops which deal with new or secondhand magazines.