Air Enthusiast


Air Enthusiast was a British, bi-monthly, aviation magazine, published by the Key Publishing group. Initially begun in 1974 as Air Enthusiast Quarterly, the magazine was conceived as a historical adjunct to Air International magazine. Air International was (and still is) involved with current aviation topics and the Quarterly concerned itself with historical matters.

Air Enthusiast
EditorWilliam Green and Gordon Swanborough (1974–1990)
Ken Ellis (1991–2007)
CategoriesMilitary aircraft
Final issueSeptember/October 2007
  • Finescroll Ltd.
    (May 1974–1989)
  • Tri-Service Press
    (May 1989–1990)
  • Key Publishing Ltd.
    (May 1991–2007)

Each issue contained 80 pages; as a result certain articles were divided and each part appeared over a number of issues. Air Enthusiast was illustrated with colour and black-and-white photos, diagrams, profiles and three-view drawings. Earlier issues featured cutaway drawings, but these were dropped. The articles provided detail for varieties of aircraft and events.

The magazine was published by three publishing companies and changed editors once, with William Green and Gordon Swanborough as joint editors for 16 years and Ken Ellis as the current sole editor of 16 years also.[1]

The magazine ceased publishing with issue #131, September/October 2007.[2]


  1. ^ UK Aircraft Magazines Archived 2007-07-13 at the Wayback Machine via
  2. ^ Air Enthusiast index Archived 2012-09-12 at via Archived 2011-01-10 at the Wayback Machine