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 2,800 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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4 days ago

A new publication for a new year - we now have in stock "Civil Markings of Japan 2022" available at £10 from www.air-britain.co.uk/actbooks/acatalog/Japan2022.html#SID=15We also have a special offer on our own European Registers Handbook 2021, now at £19.95www.air-britain.co.uk/actbooks/acatalog/ERH2021.html#SID=12 ... See MoreSee Less
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6 days ago

Great to see yet another addition to this collection - well worth a visit if you are in the area, checking out the other local tourist spots.A new acquisition for BDAC! Another airframe can now be added to the list of those being exhibited by the Boscombe Down Aviation Collection, namely Beagle Bassett XS743 (B-206Z) which was manufactured in 1964 and first flew on 20 February that year. The aircraft spent more than 40 of its 50 year flying career at Boscombe Down, predominantly on the Empire Test Pilots School. Its last flight was on 7 November 2014 and it is estimated that approx. 1000 test pilots and flight test engineers have been trained in stability and control on the aircraft. Following discussions between senior QinetiQ staff and negotiations with the Collection, a decision has been made to gift the aircraft to Boscombe Down Aviation Collection. Arrangements to prepare the aircraft for movement to Old Sarum are currently being made and it is likely that it will arrive sometime in the next couple of months. This aircraft has had a unique career at Boscombe Down and we are delighted and grateful to management at QinetiQ for their decision to help preserve another piece of aviation heritage.Photo credit - Richard Hall ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

The Milton Keynes Aviation Society (an Air-Britain branch) are kicking off 2022 with their first lecture of the year - Our January event will be a lecture presented live* on 11th January 2022 commencing at 8.00pm. This will consist of a talk on 'The Forgotten Air VC's of the Great War' by Jim Nicholson.During the Great War, some 628 Victoria Crosses were awarded, of which only nineteen were to aviators.This talk will detail the stories of just four of the lesser known VC recipients with some jaw-dropping accounts of the actions which led to the award of their decoration.This meeting will be held at Kents Hill Community Centre, Frithwood Crescent, Kents Hill, Milton Keynes, MK7 6HQ. We comply with the COVID requirements required by the venue with hand sanitiser being available. All visitors are requested to show proof of double vaccination or a negative COVID test within 48 hours of the meeting and invited to wear face-masks whilst in the premises.*Any alterations to the meeting arrangements due to changes in Government requirements will be posted on 'mkas.co.uk' Potential visitors should register their interest via Chris Bosworth at cj.bos@ntlworld .comDoors open at 7.30 p.m. and lectures begin at 8.00 p.m.Visitors £5.00 or Annual Membership £22.00 ... 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.