Aircraft Illustrated

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Key Facts

Availability: News-stand
Issues / Year: 12
ISSN: 0002-2675
Barcode: 0-71658-01060
First Year: 1968
Last Year: 2009
Publisher: Ian Allan Ltd
Country: United Kingdom
Language: English
Main Genre: General Interest
Aviation Only? Yes
Current Status: Ceased

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This magazine was launched to take advantage of developments in printing technology, which allowed large colour photographs to be featured cheaply and often. The content usually comprises large, (often full page), colour and black and white photographs accompanying fairly brief feature articles covering a very wide range of topics. The magazine went into a period of decline in the late 1980s and early 1990s as newer rival titles took away readers, but it was then completely revamped and became one of the best general interest aviation magazines available anywhere. Published under the title ‘Aircraft Illustrated and Air Display International’ between circa December 1995 to circa mid 1997.

After the redesign, every issue offered coverage of a very wide range of aviation topics including: comprehensive aviation news, UK civil register update, UK military aircraft serials update, aircraft spotting, airband radio updates, airshows and preservation news, book and model kit reviews, Internet website reviews, very well illustrated features on civil/military historical/modern subjects. Anyone with even the slightest interest in aviation would have found something to read in this magazine.

Publishing History

First issue on sale 26 February 1968. Published monthly until 2009 by Ian Allan Ltd. Renamed ‘Aircraft‘ with effect from the August 2009 issue.
List of editors to be added.

Contents/Issues Produced

To be added.

Digital Access

It is assumed that the copyright for ‘Aircraft Illustrated’ passed to Key Publishing when they brought the Ian Allan portfolio of magazine titles in March 2012. Key Publishing seem to be a bit of copyright hoader, having the rights to more than a dozen defunct aviation magazines. They have declined to answer any queries about possible plans for making this title available in digital/PDF format, either online or via DVD.

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Special Issues

A number of hardback annuals were produced by Ian Allan in the 1980s. In addition, a series of ‘Aircraft Illustrated Special’ paperbacks were issued on single topics. See the Aeroflight AvBooks database.

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