10 AUGUST 2020
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Nothing to do with Covid-19, it was planned some time back, but the final edition of the weekly Flight International was published last Tuesday 8 August. Don’t rush to your local WH Smith. The once fine newspaper shop dropped it some years back.
Founded in 1909 as "A Journal devoted to the Interests, Practice, and Progress of Aerial Locomotion and Transport," it is the world's oldest continuously published aviation news magazine.
AND THIS FROM “BUGGIE NEWS”
“The new Flight International will deliver the best analysis of the top stories, while continuing to deliver the signature feature content you expect from us. From flight test reports to detailed cutaway drawings, country specials and signature safety coverage, we will continue to provide the quality content you only get from Flight International. We’ll also feature more interviews with company chief executives and guest insight supplied by industry leaders, along with old favourites including Straight & Level.”
The inaugural monthly magazine will be distributed on 17 September. Printed on A4 stock and perfect-bound with a glossy new look, our first 84-page issue will include our annual ranking of the Top 100 Aerospace Companies and a retrospective look at 50 years of the widebody commercial airliner.
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In my first managerial role which was Special Yearbooks Publishing Manager pf IPC Business Press Information Publishing in 1969 the first book that I was responsible for publishing was the inaugural issue of The Flight Directory of British Aviation 1970. Three years later I joined Jane's but did not realise until I read this week's 'And Finally' that Flight was first published in the same year that Fred T Jane published his first issue of what was to become Jane's All the World's Aircraft. At that time, Fred Jane called it Jane's All the World's Airships, Balloons, Dirigibles and Flying Machines. 1909. What an amazing coincidence!