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 2,500 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

This is a great way to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Bristol Britannia - on August 16th - with a journey from its birthplace, Filton to the example that made the type's last flight at Kembleaerospacebristol.org/britannia-cavalcade?fbclid=IwAR2eR6rNwW5QMb6F_33QXS7btok99rR0yR8TQFg2DjgG54H...A cavalcade of vintage Bristol Buses and Bristol Cars will travel from the Aerospace Bristol museum to Cotswold Airport at Kemble, Gloucestershire, on Tuesday, August 16, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the first flight of the Bristol Britannia, the world’s first long range turbo-prop airliner.The event has been organised by members of the Bristol Aero Collection Trust charity, in support of the museum, which celebrates the city’s rich aviation history.The museum on Hayes Way, Patchway, Bristol will open its car park and doors at 8.00am on the 16th so that you will be able to see Britannia exhibits in the museum, including the forward fuselage of G-ALRX that made an emergency landing on the mud flats of the Severn Estuary on February 4, 1954. Buses depart at 9.00am.At Kemble you will be welcomed on board the last Britannia to fly and hear from members of the Bristol Britannia XM496 Preservation Society, who are looking after this iconic aircraft, nicknamed the Whispering Giant – www.xm496.comYou will also have the chance to win a limited-edition print of a painting of the Britannia's first flight from Filton in 1952, entitled The First Whisper, signed by the artist, Len Hutton, and the designer, Sir Archibald Russell, of Concorde fame.The buses, including double-deckers, have been organised by the Bristol Omnibus Vehicle Collection - www.bristolbuses.co.uk - and some of their vehicles will be taking part, with all fuel sponsored by Britannia Windows of Clevedon – www.britanniawindows.co.ukTakeaway sandwiches, which can be part of a meal deal, as well as fresh cakes, ice creams and hot and cold drinks, are available all day at the AV8 restaurant, located next to the airport’s Control Tower with undisrupted views of both runways. Passengers can also bring their own picnic lunch if they wish. ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

Now on sale annual well-known compendium by Air-Britain (...Brexit permitting of course) ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

The latest addition from European Airlines, on one of the most aesthetically pleasing aircraft to come from a British factory, is now available from our websiteBeauty of the Skies - de Havilland D.H. 91 Albatrosswww.air-britain.co.uk/actbooks/acatalog/DH91_Albatross--175.html#SID=15This monograph on the de Havilland D.H. 91 Albatross tells the full story of one de Havilland’s most beautiful aircraft. The book is long overdue. It gives the reader an insight in the development, test work, and operation of the Albatross. Only seven of these most stylish of aircraft were built. The appearance of the aircraft left an everlasting impression on the passengers and enthusiasts who all fell in love with the stunning lines of this aircraft. It is unbelievable that in the time of all-metal American airliners, this wooden aircraft made such an impression.Learning from his experiences with the D.H. 88 Comet, Arthur Hagg produced a remarkably refined aircraft. The Albatross had no peers in elegance thanks to his outstanding aerodynamic design. Initially intended for transatlantic mail service, the type had limited service both as a mailplane and subsequently as a passenger aircraft. The first flight of the prototype was made on 20 May 1937. It did not enter service with Imperial Airways until November 1938. In many ways the Albatross was an outstanding aerodynamic design, and in particular the method of fuselage construction was a completely novel in its day. The Albatross would eventually disappear from the skies in July 1943, but its story is well worth telling.The book, by two well established and respected authors, is well-illustrated with many photographs, colour profiles (by renowned illustrator Juanita Franzi), three view drawings, and new cutaway drawings of both the passenger as mail version. ... See MoreSee Less
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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.