Welcome to Air-Britain

One of the world’s leading organisations for aviation enthusiasts!

 

Since 1948, Air-Britain has been bringing together spotters, historians, aviation writers, pilots and photographers - all having a passion for aircraft and aviation. Air-Britain is an international organisation with over 2,100 members - many of them outside the UK. It is a registered charity (the Air-Britain Trust Ltd.) run by a board of Trustees who are elected by the members of the organisation.

We publish two magazines - the monthly Air-Britain News and the quarterly Aviation World. We also produce authoritative books for the spotting community - and historical books on a wide range of aviation topics.

Join us here and find out about the many faces of Air-Britain and how it can bring you into the exciting world of aviation.

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1 week ago

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Our latest book is likely to be a great seller, so don't delay if you want to get a copyThe De Havilland Cabin MothsBuilding on Success – Establishing a New FutureStuart McKay MBEAir-Britain and DH Moth Club members £50.00 Non-members £75.00.www.air-britain.co.uk/actbooks/acatalog/CabinMoths---195.html#SID=13Having designed military aeroplanes at the start of his aviation career, Captain Geoffrey de Havilland was anxious to redirect his talents towards civil applications. His opportunity came in 1920 when he was encouraged and funded by his previous employer, George Holt Thomas, to start his own company. Business was slow and the company was on the point of financial collapse when a wealthy young sportsman named Alan Butler appeared on the scene in 1923 and commissioned a three-seat touring biplane. Butler was so impressed with the service provided by the company that he became a major investor and eventually joined the board as Director and Chairman.The financial security provided by Alan Butler allowed Geoffrey de Havilland to pursue his dream of designing a small civil aeroplane suitable for the ‘man in the street’.The result was the DH.60 Moth of 1925 which became a worldwide success. Continued development of the airframe and engine plus an understanding of customers’ requirements led directly to the revolutionary DH.80 Puss Moth in 1929, the first of the practical ‘private owner’ Cabin Moths.This book covers the story of four of de Havilland’s Cabin Moths: the DH.80 Puss Moth, DH.83 Fox Moth, DH.85 Leopard Moth and DH.87 Hornet Moth, their design, construction, development, marketing and operation. The story starts in the golden age of aviation in the 1930s with personalities such as Amy Johnson, Jim Mollison, Bert Hinkler and Alex Henshaw, long-distance record flights to South Africa, India and Australia, air race successes and the opening of air services in remote areas of Canada, Australia and New Zealand, the book continues through World War II and communications duties. We come right up to the present day and thriving Cabin Moth restoration programmes. As is to be expected from a book produced by Air-Britain, extensive histories for each aircraft are included.Author Stuart McKay is the Founding Secretary of the DH Moth Club and Editor of the quarterly magazine ‘The Moth’. He is also author of a number of books including the definitive histories of the DH.60 Moth and the DH.82 Tiger Moth as well as the story of the 1934 MacRobertson International Air Races from Mildenhall to Melbourne. Hardback, 400 pages, lavishly illustrated throughout in colour and black and white with 1,000 photographs and artwork including period brochures and posters. ... See MoreSee Less
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4 weeks ago

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With the recent incursion at Stansted, an important message from the Stansted PoliceThe police will be increasing their patrols around the northern fence line in an effort to prevent a repetition of the incursion on Thursday and as such you may well be asked to give your reason for being there, normally plane watching will be accepted as a valid reason but you may be asked to give proof of identity. If you are a Planewatch member then wearing your lanyard and card is a good idea. There is a strong belief that these protestors may use the cover of plane watching to assist their attempts to breach the security. They have no intention of stopping us from using the northern fence line at present but there may be occasions when they will ask you to leave for security reasons for a short while so please comply with any such requests (it's happened to me before now because of a sensitive flight, the next day it was back to normal). The police regard our presence and feedback as a useful source of information. Please remember that the northside business park is out of bounds to enthusiasts so stay out, that is also being patrolled regularly. We are also requested to report anything suspicious particularly if someone with a rucksack or similar is hanging about but not showing much interest in aircraft as we would. The number is on the attached sheet. It is manned continuously so you should get an instant answer. They would much rather have false alarms than somebody breach the fence because we were reluctant to report suspicious behaviour. Thanks for reading this far and please keep the telephone number or the document on your phone. ... See MoreSee Less
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4 weeks ago

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The next Milton Keynes Aviation Society lecture is onTuesday 9th July 2024Alan Marlow - 'Operation Backfire'Alan Marlow is a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society who tonight tells us of the little remembered Operation Backfire. This was a military scientific operation during and after the Second World War that was performed mainly by British staff. The operation was designed to completely evaluate the entire V-2 rocket assembly, interrogate German personnel specialized in all phases of it, and then to test and launch missiles across the North SeaThis meeting will begin at 20.00 at Kents Hill Community Centre, Frithwood Crescent, Milton Keynes, MK7 6HQ. Doors open at 19.30 and visitors are most welcome - £5 per head. ... See MoreSee Less
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1 month ago

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RCAF Centennial Honoured With Special PublicationIn recognition of the 100th Anniversary of the Royal Canadian Air Force, the Canadian Aviation Historical Society has published a special edition of its CAHS Journal. At 54 pages, which is larger than usual, the publication contains articles, illustrations and abundant photographs for this full-colour publication.The cover shows aircraft flown by the RCAF over the past century in original illustrations created by managing editor, Terry Higgins. The impressive edition was curated by guest editor, Richard Mayne, Director of History and Heritage of the RCAF. Since 1963, the CAHS Journal has been Canada’s premiere publication of Canadian aviation history. “Stories of the RCAF have been told in our Journal for over 60 years,” says CAHS president Gary Williams. “With an extra issue dedicated entirely to air force service, we have recognized the history and accomplishments of the RCAF in a permanent contribution to the written record. As well, subjects dealing with aspects of the air force will be presented by speakers at our annual convention.” Editor Higgins, who serves also as creative director states, “The content in this centennial publication provides a range of subjects from heraldry to museum objects and RCAF historiography, as well as stories of notable RCAF personalities.”Content has been contributed by writers with extensive RCAF experience and association – Major (Retired) Mathias Joost, LCol Paul Johnston, Dr. Richard Mayne, and Dr. Richard Goette, associate editor of Airforce magazine. The Journal’s lead article, by Brittany Dunn, is a colourful illustrated history of all badges ever used by the RCAF. Copies of the RCAF centennial edition of the CAHS Journal can be ordered online: Printed hard copy: www.cahs.com/store/p727/CAHS-SE-01P.htmlPDF copy to download: www.cahs.com/store/p728/CAHS-SE-01D.html ... See MoreSee Less
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1 month ago

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An opportunity to expand your library with older books(note that the Blackbushe event is ticket only and sold out!) ... See MoreSee Less
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Latest Books

A selection of our latest titles (click any image to visit our online book sales).

Why should you join Air Britain?

Subscribers get the option to subscribe to either or both of :
Aviation World - our 72 page quarterly magazine
Air-Britain News - our monthly magazine (averages 170 pages per issue)

In addition ...
- Huge discounts on our range of acclaimed books
- Access to ABIX our online discussion group
- Access to Air-Britain Travel, worldwide aviation tours

Trustee Details

The Air-Britain Trust Ltd is registered as a charity number 1161305

Click here for details of Trustees

Air-Britain supports the work of the police and other agencies in protecting aviation from criminals and terrorists.
If you see anything suspicious, call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline 0800 789321 (+44 800 789321 if outside the UK) or alert the police.