Welcome to Air-Britain

The world’s leading organisation 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 3,000 members - many of them outside the UK. It is a registered charity (the Air-Britain Trust Ltd.) run by a board of volunteers 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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4 days ago


On this day...
in 1962 the prototype Vickers VC-10 made its first flight from the historic Brooklands factory in Surrey
Our ABPic photo library contains a wealth of VC-10 and Super VC-10 photos from across the years, while we have a book covering the history of the type in production, hopefully in time to be added to your Christmas lists

Phot by M West of 5X-UVJ, a Super VC-10 of East African Airways Corporation
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6 days ago


The Red Arrows celebrating the UK's Armed Forces Day with flypasts over North Yorkshire this morning. ... See MoreSee Less

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1 week ago


If you have been going a bit stir crazy recently, here is a good idea for a day out, at least in the UK - thanks to TAH for the heads-up.
Just remember to pre-book.This just in from the RAF Museum:

RAF Museum at Cosford and London to reopen Monday 6 July

RAF Museum welcomes back visitors to a great and safe day out

Following recent advice from the Government and Public Health England, the RAF Museum is pleased to announce that we will be re-opening our doors to visitors on Monday 6 July.

With the health and safety of visitors and colleagues in mind, the Museum will now be asking visitors to pre-book their arrival time at rafmuseum.org. While still offering free entry to all, the new timed ticket approach will guarantee the space needed for a safe an enjoyable day out.

The Museum has been working hard behind the scenes to prepare new social distancing measures in preparation for re-opening, a one-way visitor flow and a limit of the number of people in each building will be in place when the Museum reopens on 6 July. Hand sanitiser will be available at the entrance to each hangar and throughout each building. Hand washing facilities are also available in all Museum buildings. We also encourage visitors to act in a manner that respects the safety of others.

The RAF Museum is unique in terms of our size, we offer wide open spaces – both inside and out, and a range of exhibits that will engage the whole family. Both sites have large green spaces, ideal for a summer picnic and we are also offering take-away food at our restaurants. Onsite parking is available, and the Museum shop will also be open and take contactless payment.

Barry Smith, Director of Visitor and Commercial Development, RAF Museum:

“We are incredibly happy to welcome our visitors back and have implemented a range of measures across both sites to ensure a safe and great day out for the whole family. Our friendly staff are also committed to creating a considerate and respectful environment for all our visitors. With our expansive spaces and engaging exhibits, we are the ideal day out for the summer.”

Book now for free at www.rafmuseum.org.uk/
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1 week ago


Well, that will certainly stand out at the next inter-government conference!
(please keep political comments to yourself 😃)
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2 weeks ago


The final part of our 2020 Annuals collection is now available.

Business Jets International 2020

Members £25.00 Non-members £32.50

Now in its 35th year, BJI is THE reference work in this field.

Volume 1 contains over 27,000 airframes covered in the extensive production lists, from the earliest Morane-Saulnier Paris and Lockheed Jetstars of the 1950s to the latest Gulfstream VIII (G700), the prototype of which made its first flight in February 2020. This year, the editors have revisited entries for older aircraft and added many new historical registrations not previously known or reported. Projects that never got past the prototype stage are covered in a short section on Experimental and Non-Production aircraft.

Volume 2 contains our unique index system, covering over 110,000 individual registrations carried by business jets over the last 65 years, listed by registration order with cross-referencing to type and construction number. Additionally, for completeness, in Volume 2 we also include the Gulfstream I and corporate airliners such as the Airbus 320 family, Boeing 737 and Embraer Legacy and Lineage.

Hardback, two volumes (volume 1: 464 pages, volume 2: 336 pages)
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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.