Spotting Books

We have produced a number of books for aircraft spotters to help guide you through your hobby. These include spotting guides to airports around the world, preserved aircraft lists, and photographic history books.

In this section you’ll find details of our most popular and most recent books.


World Airports BookWorld Airports Spotting Guides

The most comprehensive and all-round spotting guide book; a perfect introduction to the best places to spot and photograph aircraft at over 300 airports worldwide. It also tells you the best hotels to stay in for a view of the aircraft, and any nearby aviation attractions such as museums that are found at each airport. Over 50 of the airports have maps and more detailed location guides.






ASG-UKIreland-coverAirport Spotting Guides UK & Ireland

My most recent addition to the spotting guides series. This compact guidebook is perfect for planning a spotting trip to any of the main airports and airfields in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It covers 79 airports, with maps, spotting locations, spotting hotels, public transport information and dedicated sections on London and the UK’s best aviation museums and aircraft collections.






Airport-Spotting-Hotels-eBookAirport Spotting Hotels

A handy reference guide to the best hotels to stay in when visiting over 270 airports in 54 countries. Never miss an aircraft again, whether on a family holiday or dedicated spotting trip. Includes tips on which rooms offer the best views. Perfect for planning trips or taking on the road with you.



lost-airline-colours-europe-coverLast Chance to Fly

Last Chance to Fly helps you find the world’s rarest and oldest aircraft to fly on, from wartime aircraft to airliners from the 1960s and even rare Soviet jets. Find out which airlines are still operating historic and rare types, and where you can fly them, in this unique guide for special flight enthusiasts.






lost-airline-colours-europe-coverLost Airline Colours of Europe Timelines

Remember the good old days of vintage airliners and liveries? This photographic book is packed full of colour photographs from the 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s showing the airlines we’ve lost and the ones that looked very different back in the day. See holiday charter airlines, national carriers, commuter airlines and even low-cost airlines the way you prefer to remember them. Includes classic aircraft such as the Caravelle, Trident, Viscount, early Airbus and Boeing jets, and Soviet airliners.






Handley Page Herald TimelinesHandley Page Herald Timelines

The Handley Page Herald was an airliner that showed great potential, but poor commercial judgement in its early days meant it missed the mark and competitors such as the Fokker F27 and HS748 grabbed a greater slice of the market. Intended as a DC-3 replacement, the Herald emerged as an economical, comfortable twin-turboprop airliner with great adaptability for passenger, cargo and military purposes. This book looks at the development and service life of the Herald through archive images. It includes a production list and section on where to see the remaining Heralds today.






Preserved Airliners of North America

Our comprehensive guide to the airliners and military transport aircraft preserved across North America, including Canada, Mexico and the United States. Lists aircraft registration/serial, type, markings and condition. Also details the location, with address, museum name etc. As well as museum collections this book includes ground trainers and aircraft in private ownership.



Preserved Airliners of Asia & Australasia

Our comprehensive guide to over 500 airliners and military transport aircraft preserved across Asia and Australasia, including China, Malaysia, New Zealand, Thailand, Philippines, North & South Korea, Vietnam and Japan. Lists aircraft registration/serial, type, markings and condition. Also details the location, with address, museum name etc. As well as museum collections this book includes ground trainers and aircraft in private ownership.



Airlines of the USAAirlines of the USA

From the early beginnings through the mergers, bankruptcies and the rise of the low cost and charter carriers, this book uncovers the stories of America’s best-known airlines, with details of their fleets, bases and route networks. Find out why once giant carriers such as Pan Am and TWA no longer grace our skies, and how airlines like Southwest and PSA inspired a new breed of low cost travel that would take the world by storm.







Mumbai Airports Through TimeMumbai Airports Through Time

Produced by two of India’s leading aviation photographers, Sean DSilva and the late Jimmy Wadia, take a look at Mumbai’s two airports from the 1950s to the present day in glossy full-colour photographs taken airside and around the airports. The stunning images include classic jets, cargo airlines, modern jet airliners, government and VIP transports, in a country where aviation spotting and photography is banned.