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Rjel
09-07-2007, 07:20 PM
My worst fears confirmed. Six or seven months ago, I wasn't able to find a magazine I'd grown to love. Airpower, along with it's revolving bi-monthly twin Wings, ceased production. Originally published by Sentry Magazine back in 1971, I found it almost by accident in a small local bookstore in 1978. Intrigued by the cover photo of a P-38 I bought it. So began a nearly 30 year ritual of waiting for each new issue.

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Editor/Publisher Joe Mizrahi employed some of the best aviation writers of the time. Always heavy on WWII content, I'd read the mag cover to cover. Usually using a rather small type set, each 50-60 page issue packed a lot of information each month. At it's zenith, it was all meat. Very, very little advertisement. Lot's of well reproduced B/W and color photographs, many from private collections graced every issue along with a beautiful color cover page photo.

As with everything in life, times changed for Wings/Airpower. No longer able to make money with it's old format, a new publisher/editor took over a few years ago. The magazine became more polished with glossy pages and more glitz. Certainly more advertisements. But, IMO, it lost it's hard core approach to aviation history. Now it's gone completely. The new editor says on the magazine's website that they couldn't compete with "Internet-driven digital age". Maybe so, but I'll never feel as comfortable reading off a computer screen. Give me the feel of a good book or an old magazine any time to thumb thru to pass some idle time.

So, I'd just like to pass along my thanks to Mr. Mizrahi and all those who wrote articles and helped published each issue. It was a great 30 years of reading for me. So much so, I still own each issue I ever bought.

Rjel
09-07-2007, 07:20 PM
My worst fears confirmed. Six or seven months ago, I wasn't able to find a magazine I'd grown to love. Airpower, along with it's revolving bi-monthly twin Wings, ceased production. Originally published by Sentry Magazine back in 1971, I found it almost by accident in a small local bookstore in 1978. Intrigued by the cover photo of a P-38 I bought it. So began a nearly 30 year ritual of waiting for each new issue.

http://home.comcast.net/~rjelmiles/airpower78.jpg

Editor/Publisher Joe Mizrahi employed some of the best aviation writers of the time. Always heavy on WWII content, I'd read the mag cover to cover. Usually using a rather small type set, each 50-60 page issue packed a lot of information each month. At it's zenith, it was all meat. Very, very little advertisement. Lot's of well reproduced B/W and color photographs, many from private collections graced every issue along with a beautiful color cover page photo.

As with everything in life, times changed for Wings/Airpower. No longer able to make money with it's old format, a new publisher/editor took over a few years ago. The magazine became more polished with glossy pages and more glitz. Certainly more advertisements. But, IMO, it lost it's hard core approach to aviation history. Now it's gone completely. The new editor says on the magazine's website that they couldn't compete with "Internet-driven digital age". Maybe so, but I'll never feel as comfortable reading off a computer screen. Give me the feel of a good book or an old magazine any time to thumb thru to pass some idle time.

So, I'd just like to pass along my thanks to Mr. Mizrahi and all those who wrote articles and helped published each issue. It was a great 30 years of reading for me. So much so, I still own each issue I ever bought.

JG6_Oddball
09-07-2007, 07:54 PM
that is a shame http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif I like the internet mostly for snipits of info , I like books and mags for more in depth reading. Do you have an issue with any info on the HE100D?

S!

Rjel
09-07-2007, 08:05 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by JG6_Oddball:
that is a shame http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif I like the internet mostly for snipits of info , I like books and mags for more in depth reading. Do you have an issue with any info on the HE100D?

S! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I'll take a look. It might be a few days to thumb through what I have.

leitmotiv
09-07-2007, 11:12 PM
That's a pity. The internet is fine for fluff but "Airpower" had some excellent articles. They had the first really in-depth analysis of the Me 262 I'd seen about 17 years ago. Wonderful stuff.

Feathered_IV
09-08-2007, 04:04 AM
I love those old back issues of Wings and Airpower. I always hunt for them at secondhand shops and flea markets. I noticed that the quality of content tended to diminish over the last few years and stopped buying the latter ones. Very sad to see it go. I always hoped for a revival http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

leitmotiv
09-08-2007, 05:05 AM
Yeah, there was a long grind down. I think they were a bit disingenuous blaming their demise on the computer age---I think what scuppered them was from across the Atlantic: FLY PAST, AEROPLANE, and all the big budget, high quality mags of that sort. At any rate, they lured me away from the old U.S. stand-bys.

Tab_Flettner
09-08-2007, 09:23 AM
It was those magazines and the endless encouragement of my father that helped develop my vast personal store of pointless information about A/C. Pointless unless you build model planes, which I always have. But then a funny thing happened, these here crazy simulators came along and the information had a nearly practical application! (Hey, I said nearly practical!).

Still, a fondly remembered part of my childhood.

My walls were plastered with "centerfolds" from these mags while other little kids had rainbows and Disney characters painted on their walls, etc.

Taylortony
09-08-2007, 09:52 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by leitmotiv:
Yeah, there was a long grind down. I think they were a bit disingenuous blaming their demise on the computer age---I think what scuppered them was from across the Atlantic: FLY PAST, AEROPLANE, and all the big budget, high quality mags of that sort. At any rate, they lured me away from the old U.S. stand-bys. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

AS a subscriber to Flypast since issue 1 and also to Aeroplane for more years than I care to remember, it is nice to hear that people from the other side of the pond appreciate British Magazines...... they are good though, It does seem odd in light of what has been said that the mag never tried going down the advertising route though........ then the world would have 3 great magazines available http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

leitmotiv
09-08-2007, 10:04 AM
The fact that AEROPLANE etc learned how to be great mass-market magazines is what saved them. This required top-grade editors, writers, ad people, graphics people, etc. European aviation and hobby magazines have learned this with a vengence. U.S. equivalents have been trying to stagger along with 3rd stringers and they have been knocked out of business one after another. European av mags are doing great business over here because they are superior.

zardozid
09-08-2007, 11:57 AM
that's too bad. one less reason to go to the book store. I was wondering why the magazine shelf seemed a little bare. Now I know...


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VW-IceFire
09-08-2007, 12:14 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Taylortony:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by leitmotiv:
Yeah, there was a long grind down. I think they were a bit disingenuous blaming their demise on the computer age---I think what scuppered them was from across the Atlantic: FLY PAST, AEROPLANE, and all the big budget, high quality mags of that sort. At any rate, they lured me away from the old U.S. stand-bys. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

AS a subscriber to Flypast since issue 1 and also to Aeroplane for more years than I care to remember, it is nice to hear that people from the other side of the pond appreciate British Magazines...... they are good though, It does seem odd in light of what has been said that the mag never tried going down the advertising route though........ then the world would have 3 great magazines available http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Yep...Canadian here...really appreciate some of the British aviation magazines. Aeroplane in particular. Its far and above anything I can find here...also because of its diversity. I find American magazines focus on American aircraft only and sure they talk about some others now and again but it gets a little stale. Aeroplane seems to have an interesting diversity...the Ki-100 article in particular was absolutely fascinating.

Daiichidoku
09-08-2007, 01:03 PM
have enjoyed 'wings' and a'airpower' for years, the ONLY decent US aviation mags, and until its last few years, excellent value also

i knew from the first issue of the new publisher the francise was dead and gone http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

thanks! but ill take a pass on! any other US air mag! nothing but fluff! as bad as history channel! all bylines punctuated with exclaimation marks to give it 'pep'!!! you suck, air classics! you suck! aviation history!


thank gawd for the british, and overprivced import literature...even air books for toddlers in england caption photos with serial numbers where possible http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

ive went off fly past....aeroplane is not what it used to be, but i still grab it....used to love air international....and i still shell out close to $30 cdn each issue of air enthusiast

id luv to drop a paycheck at aviation world, if only for all the import mags in other languges, they import from all over europe and asia

check it out if youre ever in toronto or vancouver..online ordering too...founded in 67 by a 747 captain from his basement

http://www.aviationworld.net/about/