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


The Editorial Board is delighted for the successful launch of The Journal of Aeronautical History. Volume 1 for 2011 contains six papers and a small correspondence section. I have received many positive comments about the quality and range of the papers published. Volume 2 for 2012 contains another six papers to date, with another two in preparation which may appear in Volume 2, or may form the first two papers in Volume 3.

A pleasant surprise has been the way that papers have been offered that provide a splendid range of topics, without issuing any calls for papers or guidance on topics required. We have reviewed every paper offered but not accepted all of them, and I hope you will agree with me that the technical standard of the papers published is completely professional and satisfactory.

I have not been prescriptive over the detailed style of papers. Thus we have papers using the Harvard system for references (Bloggs, 2011) and others using a number reference system. I try to make S.I. units the preferred ones to be used, with Imperial units in brackets, but in practice have had to be flexible. As an example, historic engines tended to produce round numbers of horsepower, and it does not seem sensible to convert this to a complicated number of kilowatts. Similarly, some instrument readings by pilots are in Imperial units, and are reported as such. What I have tried to chieve is clear and grammatical writing, absolute accuracy, and understandable papers that get their messages across clearly.

The success of The Journal of Aeronautical History has created a considerable workload for the Editorial Board, who act as reviewers when papers are submitted. I would welcome volunteers to join the Board and review papers. Please let me know if you are interested.

As Editor of The Journal of Aeronautical History I would like to express my thanks to Chris Male for continuous help and support and to the Editorial Board that is reviewing submissions and helping me maintain a high standard. In particular, I would like to thank Professor Peter Bearman for permission to reproduce in Volume 2 a paper on the Gloster E.28/39 by Professor Brinkworth originally published in Aeronautical Journal in 2008. This complements a new paper by Professor Brinkworth in Volume 2, and increases the value of both papers to readers.

The new paper from Professor Brinkworth includes a letter from Captain Eric Brown on flying the E.28/39 and the Meteor. I treasure this addition to Professor Brinkworth’s paper, which I feel really brings history to life. Where it is appropriate, this is something I hope to continue to practice.


Dr C G B (Kit) Mitchell FRAeS


Dr C G Mitchell FRAeS