Flight International

Flight International (or simply Flight) is a weekly magazine focused on aerospace, published in the United Kingdom. Founded in 1909 as "A Journal devoted to the Interests, Practice, and Progress of Aerial Locomotion and Transport",[1] it is the world's oldest continuously published aviation news magazine.[2]

Flight International
Flight International cover, 9 April 2019
EditorMurdo Morrison
Circulation43,000 (June 2007)
PublisherMelanie Robson
Year founded1909
CompanyReed Business Information Ltd
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageBritish English

Flight International is published by Reed Business Information.[3] Competitors include Jane's Information Group and Aviation Week. Former editors of, and contributors to, Flight include H. F. King, Bill Gunston and John W. R. Taylor.


The creator, founder, and first editor of Flight was Stanley Spooner (1856–1940). He was also the creator, and editor of The Automotor Journal which was originally titled The Automotor Journal and Horseless Vehicle.[4]From around 1900 the journal had a separate section relating to aviation and aeronautical matters. The April the 25th 1908 issue of The Automotor Jornal , included a diagram of patent drawings of a plane made by the Wright Brothers.[5]Stanley kept in contact with them via his friend Griffith Brewer.[4][6][7] Eventually, Spooner decided that a journal focused solely on matters relating to flying should be published. And so Flight magazine was created as an offshoot of The Automotor Journal[1][5]

Claiming to be the first aeronautical weekly in the world, Flight first appeared on 2 January 1909 as the official journal of the Aero Club of the United Kingdom (later the Royal Aero Club).[1] In April 1934, Flight was acquired by Iliffe and Sons Ltd who were proprietors and printers of technical magazines, one of which included The Autocar.[8][9] On 4 January 1962 the magazine was renamed Flight International.[1]

See also


  1. Bruce 1982, p. 133
  2. Ward, Arthur (2015). A Guide to War Publications of the First & Second World War: From Training Guides to Propaganda Posters. Pen and Sword. p. 39. ISBN 9781783831548. Founded in 1909, Flight (now Flight International) the British produced global aerospace weekly and the world's oldest continuously published aviation news magazine, was another publisher of specialist information which appeared as wartime paper restrictions allowed to keep enthusiasts up to date in aircraft design and performance.
  3. "FlightGlobal". Reed Business Information. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  4. >"Grace's Guide To British Industrial History: Biographies: Stanley Spooner" Retrieved 18 July 2018
  5. "Back To The Beginning"Flight 28 October 1948 p506 Retrieved 20 July 2018
  6. "Grace's Guide To British Industrial History: 1903 Automotor Index" Retrieved 19 July 2018
  7. >"Grace's Guide To British Industrial History: 1901–1902 Automotor Index" Retrieved 19 July 2018
  8. "Flight International: Publishing History" Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  9. "Aircraft Journal"/Sheffield Independent – Monday 9 April 1934 p.1. Retrieved 19 July 2018 via: https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk: © 2018 Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited – Proudly presented by Findmypast in partnership with the British Library.


  • Robertson, Bruce (1982). Aviation Enthusiasts' Data Book. Cambridge, England: Patrick Stephens Limited. ISBN 0-85059-500-2.
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