In the 1990s I began to move away (quite literally in fact) from military aviation to civil aviation.
Since the early-1980s
I had been subscribing to Scramble magazine (still extant anno 2018) and I expanded my
sources through (a.o.) the Aviation Letter of Lundkvist Aviation Research. Soon these handy booklets followed.
'Convair 240-990' was published in April 1982, Lundkvist Aviation Research Inc., P.O.Box 8946, Coral Springs, FL 33065. The publisher's data even included a telephone number!
The 'Douglas DC-6 & DC-7' book dates from 1983, 2nd edition, with John R. Roach credited for the C-118 information.
Bo-Goran Lundkvist was the man behind Lundkvist Aviation Research.
That 'Curtiss C-46' (Commando) booklet was published in 1981 (L.A.R. Inc., 5975 N.W. 28th Street, Sunrise, FL 33313)
The 'Lockheed L-188 & L-1011' booklet was published in 1980.
Gradually I started expanding my bookcase...
'DC-7' is a sweet publication by John and Maureen Woods (of Bracknell, Berkshire) with Airline Publications
'Super Constellations' by Peter J. Marson, published by Airline Publications (1973, Airlines and Airliners No.9)
'The Douglas DC-4 including Canadair 4 and Douglas 5' was compiled by Peter Berry, Tom Dunstall, Michael Ford &
John A. Whittle; published in 1967 by AIR-BRITAIN, 66 Long Ridings Avenue, Hutton, Brentwood, Essex, UK.
'DC-6, Production & Pictorial History' by P.R. Smith (1984; production list by John & Maureen Woods)
I scoured the internet for affordable booklets, mainly for the socalled 'propliners'.
I found these propellor transports of interest because they were part of several pioneering phases in aviation and
their use by smugglers (drugs, arms) and also for covert operations
(e.g. CIA) made them all the more interesting.
Backcovers provided titles for more online searches or direct purchases.
'Dakotas and Beeches in Europe', by Coert Muck, Maarten Brouwer, Eric Munk; a publication by Airnieuws (1993)
'Nederlandse DC-3's en Dakotas sinds 1936', by Theo Wesselink (Dutch Aviation Publication 'Dapper', 2000)
'Constellation Production List', by John and Maureen Woods (Airline Publications, Dec.1980)
'Nederlandse Constellations', by Herman Dekker (Airnieuws Nederland, 1990)
The authors of this 1980 'Constellation Prod List' thank Peter J. Marson "..who assisted us in many ways". Others
were thanked too: Kevin Lawler, Steve Piercey, Andy McGreggor and Robert 'Bob' Archer. And for publications:
Air Britain Historians, LAAS, Aviation Letter, West London Aviation Group, British Aviation Research Group,
Propliner and Air Pictorial.
'Fleet Operators Europe 1975', coördinating editor Jim Birch (March 1974)
Fleet Operators to be Seen in Europe, edited by J.H. Richardson (March 1974)
'Lockheed 049 - 1649', by Bo-Goran Lundkvist (April 1982)
'Fleet Operators Europe', edited by J.H. Richardson (April 1968)
This 'DC-4' softcover book, published by John and Maureen Woods with Airline Publications in Sep.1980, was a
very nice production: affordable and with plenty of information. Photos were mainly by Brian Stainer (APN) and
Harry Gann. Men like John Wegg, John Appleton and Fred Lynn were thanked esspecially, while sources of information
such as Air Britain (Historical) Ltd (still extant anno 2018), Aviation Letter and
World Airline Fleets Monthly were
thanked. But in productions such as these many individuals coöperated with reports and informations.
The Air-Britain 'Curtiss C-46 Commando Update' (1981) was copied for me as the original was rarer than hen's teeth!
It was compiled by Messrs John M. Davis, Harold G. Martin & John A. Whittle.
'DC-4', by John and Maureen Woods
A nice series by Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd!
'Curtiss C-46 Commando', by John M. Davis, Harold G. Martin, John A. Whittle (1978)
'Lockheed L-188 Electra and Orion', by Jay L. Sherlock (1977)
'The Constellation', edited by Peter Marson (Dec.1968)
'The Douglas Commercial Story', by Peter Berry A.R.Ae.S (1971)