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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.

Airport Spotting Guides Europe (3rd Edition)

My most recent addition to the spotting guides series. This guidebook is perfect for planning a spotting trip to hundreds of airports across Europe, including western Russia. Full of tips on visiting Europe’s big hub airports, plus the spotter-friendly smaller airports with interesting aircraft to see. Includes maps, descriptions of locations, spotting hotels, museums and much more.


Airport Spotting Guides Asia & the Far East

My most recent addition to the spotting guides series. This guidebook is perfect for planning a spotting trip to over 130 airports across Asia, from India in the west to Japan and Russia in the east. Full of tips on visiting the Far East’s big hub airports, plus the spotter-friendly airports in Japan, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia. Essential reading!


Airport Spotting Guides USAAirport Spotting Guides USA (2nd Edition)

A brand new addition to the spotting guides series. This guidebook is perfect for planning a spotting trip to over 430 airports across the 50 states of the America. It includes maps, spotting locations, spotting hotels, aviation museums and lots of practical advice for spotters!


Airport Spotting Guides UK & Ireland (2nd edition)

My popular guide to spotting in the UK and Ireland, now updated. 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 107 airports, airfields and military airfields, with maps, spotting locations, spotting hotels, public transport information and dedicated sections on London and the UK’s best aviation museums and aircraft collections.


World Airports Spotting Guides (2nd edition)

The most comprehensive and all-round spotting guide book; a perfect introduction to the best places to spot and photograph aircraft at over 330 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.


Airport 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.

Last 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.


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.