Inspiration - The Observer's Book of Aircraft January 31 2014, 2 Comments

FLIGHTBOOK was inspired by the 1956 edition of "The Observer's Book of Aircraft.  This British publication presents approximately 350 fixed wing and rotary aircraft - each shown via one photograph and three simple yet detailed profiles (top, front and side) in black and white.

Cover of the 1956 edition

The book was originally created to help spot friendly and enemy aircraft in World War II and then developed post war to include all major types of civilian and military planes and helicopters.

Pages on aircraft identification

The now out-of-print book also lists the major aircraft registrations of the time - including a number of now former British colonies:


Pages of aircraft registration


The 1956 edition is particularly interesting as international commercial jet aircraft was just about to take off and yet there were still a number of WWI-era aircraft in use at that time.

Pages of the Lockheed Super Constellation


Pages of the Boeing 367-80


Pages of the Dassault Super Mystere B1


Pages of the Ilyushin Bison


Pages of the Douglas F4 Skyray


We hope our FLIGHTBOOK incorporates some of the same successful design concepts found in The Observer's Book of Aircraft - clean, simple, easy to examine images and straightforward explanations.

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