Aeroplane Monthly - March 2014

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Here at Aeroplane we have a very valuable resource – our huge archive of original glass-plate negatives. They are large format at 5in x 4in, so can be printed across two pages with little loss of quality due to film grain. They are stored in their original boxes which contain about 15 or more plates each, and while one or two in the box were at some point used in The Aeroplane, the rest may have never been published.

Therefore our new Aeroplane Unseen Archives series has been launched to show some of these fascinating pictures. We began it in the previous issue with a view of air gunnery training, showing an aspect of this that many people may never have been aware of. This month’s picture (on pages 102-103) shows a scene from a Bristol Blenheim production line.

As a reader benefit we have decided to offer these images to be downloaded for free as computer desktop wallpapers via our website. The new feature will be a regular inclusion from now on, and while they are available initially as desktop wallpapers, we will also be looking at the possibility of making some of them available as high resolution downloads for personal use only in the future. The pictures available will be further populated with some of the best ones from our sister series such as Aeroplane Icons. Please let us know your thoughts on this, as we believe it will be of great interest to readers and a valuable resource for historians. We are also imminently launching a new Aeroplane e-newsletter. This will include details about the latest issue available and have links to videos and the suchlike. To subscribe to that just visit the Aeroplane website and they will be e-mailed to you. www.aeroplanemonthly.com