The Journal of Aeronautical History is a web-based, peer-reviewed journal containing papers of an historical nature, covering all aspects of aerospace.


For some time there has been a feeling among aeronautical historians that ‘The Aeronautical Journal’, the Society’s premier publication, rarely accepted papers that were of a primarily historical nature. It certainly did publish some historical papers, such as Professor Brian Brinkworth’s on the aerodynamics of the Miles M.52 (see reference 1), but these were few.

The Council of the Society and the Learned Society Board recognised the need within the Society for an outlet for historical papers, and has approved the creation of a webbased publication, ‘The Journal of Aeronautical History’. In this context, ‘aeronautical’ includes all aspects of aerospace, include spaceflight, missiles and unmanned air
vehicles. It also includes operational and political aspects of aeronautics, such as the analysis of the industrial mergers of the 1960s, presented to the Historical Group by Professor Keith Hayward (see reference 2). Papers for The Journal of Aeronautical History will be subject to peer review, exactly as are papers for The Aeronautical Journal.

The Journal of Aeronautical History will appear progressively through each year, as papers are loaded onto the web site. Thus there will be a volume for each year, within which papers will be numbered sequentially.

While the Journal is finding its feet, readers will be allowed to download papers free of charge. Once the journal becomes established, a small charge will be made to download papers, exactly as is done now for The Aeronautical Journal.

I am delighted that the Society has agreed that papers in the Journal of Aeronautical History qualify to be considered for awards for written papers.

As Editor of The Journal of Aeronautical History I would like to express my thanks to the Council and the Learned Society Board for supporting this venture, to Chris Male for continuous help and support, and to the Editorial Board that is making it possible to turn our aspirations into reality. I hope the Journal will prove to be as respected as The Aeronautical Journal, and will fill a need in the Society’s family of publications.

Dr C G B (Kit) Mitchell FRAeS

1. B J Brinkworth On the aerodynamics of the Miles M.52 (E.24/43) – a historical perspective The Aeronautical Journal, Volume 114, No.1153,pp.125 – 156, March2010.

2. Keith Hayward Offers they couldn’t refuse Lecture to the Historical Group, Hamilton Place, 2 April 2009

Dr C G Mitchell FRAeS