Classic Aircraft

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Availability: News-stand           Issues per Year: 12
ISSN: 2049-2081           Barcode: 9-772049-208005
First Year: 2012           Last Year: 2012

Publisher: Key Publishing
Country: United Kingdom         Language: English

Main Genre: Aviation History
Exclusively Aviation?: Yes

Status: Ceased

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The former ‘Aircraft’ magazine, which had previously been ‘Aircraft Illustrated’, was renamed ‘Classic Aircraft’ with effect from the February 2012 issue. The change of title reflected the direction the magazine had been going in, since the word ‘Illustrated’ had been dropped from the title – concentrating more on classic aircraft from the recent past.

This was a curious choice of direction, since the magazine now directly competed against two very long established titles ‘FlyPast’ and ‘Aeroplane’. It appears that the renamed magazine struggled to find a readership, and the take-over of Ian Allan Publishing by Key Publishing (publishers of ‘FlyPast’) in March 2012 did not help matters. In November 2012 is was announced that the December issue would be the last, and the title would be incorporated into sister magazine ‘Aviation News’.

‘Classic Aircraft’ billed itself as the magazine for the enthusiast of aviation history and heritage. The change of name from ‘Aircraft’ was meant to better reflect the magazine’s “increasingly popular” focus on the greatest days of aviation, including stunning features on some of the world’s most famous jet and propeller-driven aircraft.

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