Sunday, 22 March 2015
I would imagine on the other hand that some titles do better in different markets (eg 'Combat Aircraft' outsells all other magazines in the US..) I did however buy this month's 'Flypast' for Ian Black's RAF F-4 feature, where arguably it wouldn't ordinarily feature! But that's probably because 'Britain at War' looks much like Flypast nowadays! On the other hand, there are some 'positives'; it is good to see Ben Dunnell back (in charge at Aeroplane Monthly) - I loved 'Aircraft' and 'Classic Aircraft' - and Tim McLelland in charge at Aeroplane Icons. The F-4 'Icons' title looks very good indeed, based as it is on his excellent Classic Chevron/Ian Allan title. More power to his elbow. Unfortunately Airfix Model World (another Key title) also have an F-4 special on the shelves currently...
Stephen Bridgewater, editor of 'Jets' kindly responded to my concerns expressed on the 'Flypast Forum' concerning the future of all these various magazines under the same Key 'roof';
" ..Key purchased us last September. Personally I think it's a great thing. It was like going home for me as I worked on their 'Today's Pilot from 2000 to 2007. They're the market leaders and have the money to invest in the magazines, that other publishers do not. There's no cross over between Jets and other titles. I've only seen good progress so far..."
Interesting points; far from condemning certain titles to oblivion, Key is actually rescuing them; one assumes that Kelsey ('Aeroplane Monthly', 'Jets') and Ian Allan ('Classic Aircraft') sold out to Key since those particular titles were not making any money. It is difficult to argue that all these UK magazines are not good quality under Key's stewardship - they for the most part most assuredly are, if occasionally perhaps a little lacking in the more interesting and 'off-the-wall' subjects that you would see in, say, the French aviation magazine scene; 'Avions', 'Le Fana de l'Aviation', 'Aerojournal' and 'Airfan', four quality, independent (from each other), bi-monthly (for the most part) mags from France...not to mention the German 'Jet & Prop' which also covers classic and modern in full colour.
I do of course wish any aviation book and magazine publisher all the very best ( except perhaps Eagle Editions- bitter personal experience, a long story..) so I'll be watching closely to see how these titles evolve and develop over the coming months (years)...
Friday, 20 March 2015
Shown here courtesy of Marco at koelsch333 Ebay sales
Rumanian Hawker Hurricane Mk. I Escadrilla 53
Sukhoi Su 2; note Bf 110 left background