The Aviation Historian

Issue 23: out now

Subscribe, or buy single issues from our online shop. Issue 24 will be published on July 15, 2018

John Cunningham interviewed on Comet 3 flight deckRAF centenary: how Trenchard’s fledgling took an early wrong turn

Fairey RotodyneFairey Rotodyne: novel but noisy, and a nightmare of bureaucracy

Partially dismantled Sepecat Jaguar on trailerGood runner sir, might need some attention: Nigeria’s Jaguars

Ernle Clark and his Percival GullIn Batten’s wake: Ernle Clark, first man to fly solo from UK to NZ

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The Aviation Historian
PO Box 962
RH12 9PP
United Kingdom

Nick Stroud

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Managing Editor
Mick Oakey

e-mail (Please contact Mick for queries relating to subscriptions, advertising, marketing etc and to submit readers’ letters)

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Our privacy and "cookie" policy

The term The Aviation Historian or "us" or "we" used in this policy refers to the owner of the website: The Aviation Historian, PO Box 962, HORSHAM RH12 9PP. The term "you" refers to the user or viewer of our website.

This privacy policy sets out how The Aviation Historian uses and protects any information that you give The Aviation Historian when you use this website.

Any personal data you supply to us on our website will be used only in accordance with the regulations set out in the Data Protection Act 1998.

The Aviation Historian is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will be used only in accordance with this privacy statement.

The Aviation Historian may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from October 8, 2012.

What we collect
We may collect the following information:

What we do with the information we gather
We require this information to understand your needs and provide you with a better service, and in particular for the following reasons:

You have the choice, at all times, to opt out of receiving any marketing or promotional information from us. If you wish to opt out of receiving such information please write to us at: The Aviation Historian, PO Box 962, HORSHAM RH12 9PP.

We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

Online Payments
The processing and security of payments through this website is through third-party suppliers: RomanCart, and Worldpay or PayPal. Digital edition sales are processed by Pocketmags. Your payment details are not retained by The Aviation Historian directly, but will be held by the relevant payment websites in accordance with their terms and conditions. Therefore we cannot be held responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide while visiting these sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. Please review the privacy statement and terms and condition of these sites before providing any information:,, and

Payment policy:


Links to other websites
Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be held responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement.

You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

Controlling your personal information
Your personal information may be used in the following ways:

If you do not wish us to use your personal information in any of the above ways, please write to us at The Aviation Historian, PO Box 962, HORSHAM RH12 9PP.

You may request details of personal information which we hold about you under the Data Protection Act 1998. A small fee may be payable. If you would like a copy of the information held on you please write to The Aviation Historian, PO Box 962, HORSHAM RH12 9PP.

If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please write to us as soon as possible at the above address. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.

Web Statistics
We collect web statistics automatically about your visit to our site. This information is used to aid development of the website and its content and to audit usage of the site. The information gathered in this way will not be used for any other purpose. These statistics do not contain personal data and cannot be traced back to an individual (there are no tracking "cookies" used). If you have any concerns about the processing of your personal data by us please contact us for further information.

Web 'cookies'

The Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment) Regulations 2011, now popularly becoming know as the 'cookie law', came into force on 25 May 2012. As its name implies this Directive's been enacted to protect Web users' privacy and this covers the use of Web 'cookies'.

How we use 'cookies'
This website only uses Category 1 – 'Session cookies' (please see below), however some of the websites and web features to which we provide links to may use other types of 'cookie'. As we are not responsible for their content or functionality, we recommend that you read the 'cookie' policy for each site that you visit.

What are 'cookies'?
'Cookies' are small files placed on a visitor's Internet enabled device (computer, phone, tablet, etc.,) during a website visit. Cookies are inert – they cannot harm a device and they don't spread viruses or malware. They do however record varying amounts of information during the course of a website/web page visit. There are two types but four categories of 'Web cookie'.

'Session cookies' (Category 1) are small text-based files created during website visits. These files are temporarily created and stored on the visitor's device then deleted automatically when the user closes their web browser. Some 'session cookies' are set to expire even before the browser is closed – for example, when their function is complete. Without 'session cookies' familiar tasks such as completing some online forms, accessing web content via a login or using an online store would require considerable extra effort on the part of the user. Responsibly used, 'session cookies' make a positive contribution to the Web user's experience and can continue to be deployed under these latest regulations providing their characteristics and essential function is clearly explained.

'Persistent', 'permanent' or 'stored cookies' (Categories 2/3/4) are identical in file format to 'session cookies' but remain on the user's device until either a pre-set expiry date or, in some cases, until physically deleted by the user. This type of 'cookie' tends to be used to collect information relating to a Web user's preferences within individual websites or about overall browsing behaviour. Used responsibly – for example, by allowing a visitor to set a preference for viewing a particular local forecast when visiting a national w eather website is deemed beneficial and acceptable. Placing 'cookies' to record browsing habits and personal data and then using that information for unsolicited advertising purposes is not. Because the same type of 'cookie' can be used for both tasks the law now requires 'informed consent' to be sought from the user before 'persistent cookies' can collect information.

How do I block 'cookies’?
It's worth noting that Web browsing software has always allowed users to delete 'cookies' and/or block them – visit your Web Browser manufacturer's website to find out more. Examples below:

From manufacturers of the Firefox Web Browser:

From Microsoft, manufacturers of the Edge Web Browser:

Created October 3, 2012. Last reviewed January 11, 2018.