Flight International Cutaways

overscan (PaulMM)

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27 December 2005
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A growing archive:


This cutaway section will slowly grow over the coming months to include almost all of the cutaways produced by Flight International, allow you to search the database for specific cutaways and to possible purchase them for either private use (screen savers or prints), right through to industrial, marketing and publishing purposes.

This is a mammoth undertaking for the department and one that has been on the cards for some time, but we have finally got there despite the heavy Farnborough workload during the first half of 2006. This month alone we will publish four cutaways over the RIAT and Farnborough airshows, a record–breaking run for Flight, with the 4th July Global Hawk, 11th July Boeing KC-767A, 18th July Embraer 195 and 25th July Bell Boeing MV-22B!

from http://www.bizbuzzmedia.com/blogs/flight_archive/default.aspx

According to this blog, its part of a huge project:

Over the next few months we will be scanning some 200,000 pages of Flight and Flight International magazines back to the very first issue published way back in 1908. We will be using advanced OCR techniques to ensure that virtually every word can be searched online which will provide unparalleled access for the very first time. To give you an idea of what to expect take a look at some specimen pages from 1910, here and here. We hope our final technical solution will be more elegant and the interface much more usable, but you get the idea.

Over the years we have amassed an estimated one million pictures - many on glass plates - currently stored in our head office in Sutton, Surrey in the UK. A team in our offices in Rugby led by Steve Butler, Martin Smith and Keith Blincow have been carefully scanning and touching up a selection of these images and we now have over 1,000 on the web, from the pre-1914 era, from the 1930's - civil and military, from the second world war and from the immediate post-war era. The team have also selected some pictures linked by themes and the first - air races - are now available.

Finally Joe Picarella, Flight's Senior Technical Artist, is painstakingly scanning the vast library of techical drawings and cutaways published over the past 100 years in Flight, Flight Itnernational and The Aeroplane. As Joe says in his introduction page: "This collection will ultimately represent 75% of the world's aerospace cutaway images."
Hello. Maybe someone saw this poster in the original?
Those multi-layer cutaways are brilliant training aids for pilots, mechanics, armorers, etc.
The internet will kill this art form. As a result of the internet, the business model of all magazines, and arguably particularly of magazines like Flight, has changed beyond all recognition. The man-hours that go into the creation of a cutaway drawing are phenomenal, and the cost is astronomical.

Even back in the 1980s, Air International could only afford to run cutaways because of the lucrative licencing deals it had with book packagers and partwork companies, and because its tame cutaway artist (the lovely Mike Badrocke) lived frugally and worked hard and quickly.

To produce a cutaway today could easily cost the entire monthly contributors' budget of a magazine like Air International, to fill just two pages. That is plainly unsustainable.

Flight Global's output of cutaways has dwindled, and is now possible only when individual cutaways are 'sponsored' by industry.

We've brought this upon ourselves, by failing to support print magazines.

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