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Bookshelf & Marketplace / Re: Aviation magazines English vs. French
« Last post by Pasoleati on Today at 04:49:52 pm »
Who publishes "Aviation History"? Do U. S. mags still have the annoying habit of having a part of the article being detached from thr main part? E.g. the article has 4 pages on pages 20 - 23 and one half-page ending on page 69.
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Interesting Websites / Re: Stingray's Rotorcraft Forum
« Last post by jsport on Today at 02:20:25 pm »
We sure miss your work either regardless.  :(
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Interesting Websites / Re: Stingray's Rotorcraft Forum
« Last post by Stingray on Today at 02:07:45 pm »
Well Konstantin and I have had another falling out, and I'm not interested in patching it up again, so it looks like I will need to find another publisher, preferably one with access to a decent photo archive. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Bookshelf & Marketplace / Re: Aviation magazines English vs. French
« Last post by gatoraptor on Today at 02:01:44 pm »
I first got into aviation in 1966 (when I was 13) and have always asked myself the question "what is the best aviation magazine available?".  Back in 1966 I would have answered Air Progress, then published 8 times a year by Conde Nast (but soon to go monthly) which had a nice mix of modern and historic, with current news, book reviews and a bit of general aviation thrown in.  (Most notably, Bill Dean had ads for his Sky Books International in the back of every issue, which is where I found out about Profile Publications.)  Of course, Flying Review International was probably at least as good, but living as I was in Puerto Rico, it was then unknown to me.

Of course, both of these publications changed hands and promptly went downhill; Air Progress became strictly a gen-av magazine in the style of Flying, while F.R.I. became a business magazine in the style of Flight International or Aviation Week.  Fortunately, in 1971, Green and Swanborough started Air Enthusiast (later Air International) as F.R.I. reincarnated, and along with its later partner, the "new" Air Enthusiast, rose to the top of my list for many years thereafter.

But as has been stated, Air International now only covers the modern scene (but, IMO, does so quite well) while Air Enthusiast is, sadly, dead and buried and, to me, has never been satisfactorily replaced.  (Key Publishing would probably direct you to Flypast, but any similarity to A.E. would be purely coincidental.)

My favorite aviation magazine now, and one of the few I get every issue of, is Flight Journal, which reminds me a lot of those Air Progress issues from the 1960s, with a nice mix of coverage.  I find Aviation History and Air & Space/Smithsonian to be worth getting as well, although the latter is often too space-oriented and sometimes stumbles over Smithsonian politics.

As for the British magazines, I look through them on the newsstand every month and buy the occasional issue if I like the content; while I also liked Aeroplane more in the old days, it still seems to be the British newsstand magazine that I am most likely to buy.  I am more likely to buy British "bookazines" than the regular issues, though.  I also like The Aviation Historian and have been a subscriber from the start; I also dislike its usually too-British content (though considering the origin, I can forgive that) but don't find the text/photo mix to be problematic at all.  They come up with some interesting content, like the article in the latest issue that provides evidence that the problem with the Westland Whirlwind fighter was not its Peregrine engines, but rather with its propellers!

I really wish that Key would put Air Enthusiast back in production in the same format as it used to have, but doubt that it will ever really happen.
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Bookshelf & Marketplace / Re: Books we would like to see reissued
« Last post by CJGibson on Today at 09:20:10 am »
I've seen The Air Staff and the Helicopter on Ebay for 35 quid!

Chris
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Bookshelf & Marketplace / Re: Books we would like to see reissued
« Last post by Schneiderman on Today at 08:27:46 am »
Quite ridiculous.
My own book on the Schneider Trophy flying boats and seaplanes is on sale by a reputable UK online book seller for 284.18 while others price it at anything up to 794.95. The sensible price is around 25 and I am sure it can be found discounted.
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Bookshelf & Marketplace / Re: Books we would like to see reissued
« Last post by gatoraptor on Today at 08:04:45 am »
Typical of this apparent price gouging is a new British series called "Unseen Images from the Archives".  These are a bit unique in that they each include two DVDs.  I bought the first two volumes, on the Comet jetliner and on Grand Prix racing, at a fair price, but that all seems to have gone out the window now.

Three recent volumes, on Boeing, the Constellation and the Mosquito, are supposedly now all available, but only for exorbitant prices.  I checked Amazon.co.uk to see if things were better in Britain, but not so; the books are all listed for over 400 pounds each!  (Conversely, the Comet book is available for 6 pounds!)

It's almost as if the books are really not available, and that the publisher has no intent of actually publishing them.  It reminds me of a magazine advertisement parody I once saw for a '30s French motorcar called a Vume, where the catch phrase was "A motorcar so exclusive that none will be built!"
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Bookshelf & Marketplace / Re: Aviation magazines English vs. French
« Last post by Pasoleati on Today at 03:30:58 am »
Hood, probably surprisingly many, especially those with a military background. I do not know how familiar you are with naval books and magazines, but they are certainly filled with such.
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Bookshelf & Marketplace / Re: Aviation magazines English vs. French
« Last post by Pasoleati on Today at 03:27:20 am »
Jemiba, I would expect those documents to be translated into English! For example, years ago a major Finnish publisher published a book whose main content was a Finnish translation of the transcript of the Kremlin meeting in April 1940 on the Winter War. The very same with the Ar 234 document book should be done.
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Bookshelf & Marketplace / Re: Aviation magazines English vs. French
« Last post by Jemiba on Today at 03:17:35 am »
Its simply economics.

Indeed ! On the German market, it's not that much different. The FlugRevue once was a quite good mag, but its
downfall started well before 2000. There still is a history section, but I haven't seen a new article there for years.
And from a publishers standpoint, that may even be correct. Today there a relatively few people, I think, that stay
with a matter of interest for more, than some years, so they probably won't know the old articles and won't see
them repeated either. We should be aware, that real aviation fans (as probably most in this forum here  ;) ),
are quite a rare species !
The FliegerRevue (the former GDR aviation magazine) hasn't done any better to my opinion, its special series, the former
FliegerRevue Extra now trades under the name "FliegerRevue X", owned by another publisher. Formerly known for its special
emphasis and expertise for eastern avaition themes, those have to a certain extend made room for more "international" themes and
the publisher was heavily critised for turning this mag into a garden-variety aviation mag. I have followed its way more
closely and to my opinion, it really has improved again, often covering more borderland themes like "Jet designs by German
designers in Argentina", or the development of explosive riveting. German WW II aviation is a constant them, of course with
dedicated series for "secret projects" (short articles) and here, too, quality went up, I think,  with conjectures and reconstructions
marked as such. Perhaps the layout not just accidentally reminds to the AirEnthusiast ?
Several years ago, the series "Luftfahrt History" by the publisher Lautec Medien was started, devoted to Gerrman WW II themes
only and covering quite in depth one or two types (prototypes, one-offs, ...) in every of the still yet 18 issues. Not sure, if it was ever
available by other was, than direct order from the publisher. What I've seen, was well researched, for example many points of the
story of the Ju 322 Mammut were were rectified. But looking to the publishers website, the last change there was in 2015 ....

And my favourite German aircraft monograph is this and I wish someone published an English edition: https://www.amazon.de/Luftfahrt-Dokumente-Band-ARADO-erste-Strahlbomber/dp/3880882118/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1500717446&sr=1-1
A bit funny, as, apart from the captions to the photos, it actually consists only of reproduced documents, so, what would you
expect of an English edition ?



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