(OTHER) AVIATION MAGAZINES REMEMBERED
My early days with an interest in (military) aviation, still in school, were mostly fed by English magazines.
I subscribed to two US publications: US Naval Aviation News and Air Force magazine; the trouble I had to go through for the annual payments, with International Money Orders!
I liked the US naval aircraft much better, for they were colourful, not dulled by camouflage patterns. The may issue of Air Force magazine provided units & their locations, so I could write to them for photos and squadron patches.
Closer to home, in the 1970s & 1980s for my military aviation interest, I subscribed to the South East Air Review (published by non-profit aviation enthusiasts organized in the West London Aviation Group), Air Enthusiast (a quality monthly magazine) and Aviation News.
Illustrated was also among the magazines I bought, but less frequently because it was more difficult to come by for me.
Donated by Frank van de Peppel . Format of this magazine was smaller than most, A5 format I would say.
Plenty of propliner stories in those days, but during the 1970s my interest was military aviation.
It would be interesting to collect some memories here, I thought. Remembering the days when aviation news only went as fast as a
phonecall and photos had to be printed and were sent through the post office.
Aircraft Illustrated (1970s)
An article about the Lockheed Constellation, celebrating its 30th anniversary
By the time my interst in 'propliners' started, during 1990s, these Martin prop planes were already very scarce.
I was not the kind of person that associated with groups of people, so when the Bulletin Board System (BBS) appeared on the early desktop PC's (early-1990s) I was well pleased.
Some 6-8 years later, with the internet, the dataflow intensified. But with the advent of social media the aviation fora dried up and data for my research became very thin in the massive flood of useless shared info and photos. Totally useless for me.
By that time (ca. 2012-2014) I only subscribed to Scramble magazine and my interest in propliner aviation curved downwards.
Gradually I stopped buying aviation books. The ones I still use are the ones with reference data on individual propliner airframes.
By 2020, when I compiled this page (amidst the Covid-19 pandemic), I stopped following airline aviation news and other interests in photography, travel, et cetera, had replaced almost all my activities in propliner research.
Many if not most of the aviation magazines have folded, articles and photos are mostly provided by enthusiasts, for free or a meagre sum.
I still subscribe to Scramble magazine.
REMEMBERED: WORLD AIRLINE FLEET (NEWS)
I have also a page on Brian Stainer's Aviation Photo News (& Aviation News magazine) and other photo agencies.
Thijs Postma's published LUCHTVAARTWERELD in Dutch; only once did a have a substantial article featured in it.
See also my page on the early reference books for aviation enthusiasts! HERE..
I also traded slides, photos and B&W negatives with correspondents; you'll find a few on my INDEX6 page
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NAVAL AVIATION NEWS
During the 1970s and 1980s I subscribed this magazine (as well another American publication Air Force magazine, but I did not
save copies of those.)
Many T-29s & C-131s made their way into civilian aviation.
I was an avid collector of squadron badges (a.k.a. patches) and until this day, Dec.2020,
have a number of them saved (while for many years I am no longer interested in military aviation).
Grampaw Pettibone was a unique feature in Naval Aviation News. Great!
Grampaw Pettibone dealt with safety issues, damages and accidents.
Interesting articles dealing with aviation history
Detailing with specific Naval Aviation
At the time I did not know my interest in aviation would focus on 'propliners'.
Aircraft Carriers are of course a unique feature in military naval aviation.
To end here with a famous 'propliner': The Lockheed Constellation, 'Queen of the Skies'.