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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

  • 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

  • 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.

 

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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:

First World War

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