Publisher: Anglia Aviation Society
Country: United Kingdom Language: English
Main Genre: spotters
Anglia Aeronews began life in January 1962 as ‘Southend Aeronews’, published by the Southend Branch of Air-Britain. Each monthly issue of that first year comprised a single sheet of foolscap, both sides well-filled with a Southend Airport visitors list, other south-east Essex civil and military news, some reports from further afield in East Anglia, relic reviews, history and fleets of resident or regularly-visiting British and foreign airlines, an area spotting report, etc. From January 1963 each issue ran to three or four sheets (up to eight sides), with coverage now including USAF Wethersfield and Mildenhall, also Stansted and Teversham visitors, Open Day/Fly-in reports, an Airways log, etc. In subsequent years, more and more airfields were added to the regular ‘visitors’ lists and other coverage became ever more detailed and extensive. The change of name to ‘Anglia Aeronews’ (along with a breakaway from Air-Britain and the formation of Anglian Aviation Society as publisher) came in 1966 and by 1970 issues ran to five or six sheets.
By the mid-1970s the size had grown to eight sheets (16 pages) and the magazine had an excellent reputation for the scope and quality of its coverage – ‘East Anglia’ encompassing Cambridge, Essex, Huntingdon, Norfolk and Suffolk, with regular extension into eastern Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire and south Lincolnshire. Throughout its life the magazine was produced ‘in-house’ on a Gestetner-type duplicating machine and it was not until January 1977 that it switched to A4 size. For a time in the mid-1970s it also featured a photo-page, with usually eight or ten, captioned black-and-white photos on a single-sided sheet produced by the offset-litho process. By the end of the 1970s the original production team had begun to disperse and although new blood came in, the style of the magazine changed and subscriptions dwindled, so that publication was no longer economically viable. ‘Anglia Aeronews’ ceased in 1980.
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