The Sportsman Pilot

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Magazine Data

Availability: News-stand           Issues per Year: 12
ISSN: xxxx-xxxx           Barcode:
First Year: 192?           Last Year: 1943

Publisher: The Sportsman Pilot Inc.
Country: United States         Language: English

Main Genre: sport
Exclusively Aviation?: Yes

Status: Ceased

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‘The Sportsman Pilot’ was launched in the late 1920s under the title ‘Yachting and Sportsman Pilot’. It was devoted mainly to the activities of wealthy Long Island yachtsmen and pilots who could afford to fly purely for pleasure rather than business. In the early 1930s ‘Yachting’ was dropped from the title and the publication became a strictly aviation magazine called ‘The Sportsman Pilot’. The magazine gradually expanded its editorial focus from the rich and famous to also include those of less affluence who were gaining entrance to aviation via the little low powered Aeroncas, Cubs and other types then being introduced.
By the time World War II began, ‘The Sportsman Pilot’ was a full-fledged general interest aviation magazine with editorial content very similar to that of all the other news-stand publications of the time. However, it struggled during wartime, trying to fit in military aviation activity, and finally, in the fall of 1943 the magazine ceased publication. During its short run of about 14 years, the magazine never achieved a wide circulation. It was, however, always highly prized for its large format (10″ by 13″ size), its beautiful black and white photography and for its thoughtful commentary on the aviation issues of its time. Normally 48 pages in each issue.

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