The Aeroplane

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Key Facts

Availability: News-stand
Issues / Year: 51
ISSN: xxxx-xxxx
First Year: 1911
Last Year: 1968
Publisher: Temple Press Ltd
Country: United Kingdom
Language: English
Main Genre: general
Aviation Only? Yes
Current Status: Ceased

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‘The Aeroplane’ was founded in June 1911 as a direct competitor to the weekly magazine ‘Flight’. The content was similar to that of it’s rival, with the latest UK, industry and foreign news plus regular cutaway and detail drawings of new aircraft types and engines. It was edited for the first half of its existence by the legendary and opinionated C.G. Grey, whose views on most subjects would nowadays be regarded as completely lacking in political correctness.

The magazine was illustrated in black and white only for almost all it’s life. In 1959 the title was amended to ‘The Aeroplane and Astronautics’. Between 1962 and 1966 it was published under the title ‘The Aeroplane and Commercial Aviation News’ and from 1966 ‘Aeroplane – The International Air Transport Journal’. Having been published by Temple Press since before World War Two, in 1968 Temple Press was taken over by IPC, publishers of long-time rival ‘Flight International’. After co-existing for a few months ‘The Aeroplane’ was closed down late in 1968.

Publishing History

Published weekly by The Aeroplane and General Publishing Co. Ltd (1911-1922+), Aeronautics Ltd (1928 at least), Temple Press Ltd (by 1933 until 1968) and finally IPC (1968).
The editors were Charles G. Grey (June 1911-November 1939) and Thurston James (November 1939-1968).

Contents/Issues Produced

Volume 1 No. 1, 8 June 1911 to Volume 116 No.?, October 1968.
No numbers issued for February 21-28, 1947, and for September 8-15, October 13-November 3, 1950.

Digital Access

The early issues for the years 1911-1922 are free of copyright, and are available on a DVD compilation which can be found on eBay and Amazon, and online from the Smithsonian Libraries and the

The copyright for ‘The Aeroplane’ passed from Temple Press to IPC when they brought the magazine in 1968. IPC later launched ‘Aeroplane Monthly’ to recycle some of the archive material from ‘Flight’ and ‘The Aeroplane’. After a number of ownership changes, ‘Aeroplane Monthly’ ended up with Key Publishing, who still use the archive to illustrate various publications.

In August 2013 Kelsey Publishing, (then owners of ‘Aeroplane Monthly’), launched a digital magazine on PocketMags under the title ‘Aeroplane Weekly – The War in the Air 75 Years Ago‘, which reproduced pages from ‘The Aeroplane’ for the equivalent week 75 years ago. This title ran for 41 weekly issues, covering the period 21 September 1938 to 28 June 1939. It therefore ceased at least 8 weeks before the start of World War Two in Europe. The end of publication was due to the imminent purchase of Kelsey Publishing by Key Publishing, which was formally announced on 22 September 2014. At the time of writing, these digital editions can still be purchased.

There are no known plans for making any other issues of ‘The Aeroplane’ available in digital/PDF format, either online or via DVD. There are no issues available on Issuu.

Special Issues

No stand-alone special issues were produced, although a number of hardback books were published by Temple Press including the annual The Aeroplane Pictorial Review.

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