Aviation Collection at Farnborough Library

The Aviation Collection is housed at Farnborough Library. The majority of the collection is now available for loan, with a smaller but important reference-use only section, which includes historical material, and aviation journals.

The Aviation Collection consists of over 6000 books, pamphlets, directories and yearbooks. A special donation from Qinetiq, and the the Royal Aircraft Establishment, covers items from the early days of aviation, including ballooning, and other technical manuals and reports.

There are news cuttings files, videos and a small collection of photographs and postcards. The focus of the collection is now British civil aviation and RAF history, but the collection is still strong in other areas such as world aviation, early aviation history, the story of individual aircraft such as the Spitfire or Concorde.

There are also memoirs from wartime pilots and histories of the development of the RAE/DERA at Farnborough itself.  Information is available on the biennial Farnborough International Air Show.

Farnborough Library's Aviation Collection is part of FALCon  - Farnborough Aviation Libraries Consortium - which includes the National Aerospace Library, Farnborough (Hampshire Library users can access the NAL's research facilities by appointment - Tuesday-Friday,10am-4pm) and the FAST Museum with its large collection of historical flying artefacts and many documents and photographs.

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Aviation periodicals held at Farnborough Library

Current Subscriptions

Publication Years stocked
Aeronautical Journal 1931 onwards
Aeroplane Monthly Mar 1985 onwards
Aerospace International Sep 1973 onwards
Air International 1974 onwards
Aircraft Illustrated Aug 1983 onwards
Aviation News 2001 onwards
Aviation Week & Space Technology 1969 onwards
Flight International 1909 – 1911, 1925 – 1943, 1946 onwards
Incomplete years: 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1989, 1992, 1995
Pilot Sep 1972 onwards
Sailplane and Gliding Feb 1974 onwards

Archived Periodicals

Publication Years stocked
Aero 1909
Aeronautical Quarterly 1965 – 1983
Aeroplane 1911 – 1920, 1924 – 1968 then merged with Flight International
Aeroplane Spotter 1942
Air Britain Aero militaria Autumn 2008 – Autumn 2011
Air Britain Archive Autumn 2008 – Autumn 2011
Air Britain Aviation World Autumn 2008 – Autumn 2011
Air Britain News Jul 2009 – Dec 2011
Air Enthusiast Sep 1972 – Dec 1973 then became Air International
Air Pictorial Apr – Dec 1954, 1956, Jan 1970, Jun – Oct 1970, Sep 1972 – Dec 2001 then incorporating Aviation News
DERA News May 1995 – Jun 2001
DRA News Feb 1992 – Feb 1995
Flypast Jun 2003 – Jan 2007
IQ (QinetiQ) Jul 2001 – Jun 2004
Plane and Pilot Jan 1992 – Dec 1999
RAE News 1968 – 1991
Space Flight Jan 1972 – Dec 1994
World Air Power Journal 1990 – 2000

In addition, through our links with the National Aerospace Library access to articles in many other aviation journals can be obtained.




Get more out of libraries First World War

In 2010 Hampshire Libraries held their own 'Air, Land and Sea' Book Awards. 113 titles were nominated by the public with an expert panel of judges then narrowing the field to 40 books for the voting round.

The winning titles were: