Flight International
Flight International cover, 9 April 2019
EditorCraig Hoyle
FrequencyWeekly to September 2020, thereafter monthly
Circulation26,000 (December 2019)
FounderStanley Spooner
CompanyDVV Media Group
Based inSutton, London
LanguageBritish English

Flight International is a monthly magazine focused on aerospace. Published in the United Kingdom and founded in 1909 as "A Journal devoted to the Interests, Practice, and Progress of Aerial Locomotion and Transport",[1] it is the world's oldest continuously published aviation news magazine.[2]

Flight International is published by DVV Media Group. Competitors include Jane's Information Group and Aviation Week. Former editors of, and contributors include H. F. King, Bill Gunston, John W. R. Taylor and David Learmount.[citation needed]


The founder and first editor of Flight was Stanley Spooner. He was also the creator and editor of The Automotor Journal, originally titled The Automotor Journal and Horseless Vehicle.[3] From around 1900 the journal had a separate section relating to aviation and aeronautical matters. The 5 April 1908 issue of The Automotor Journal included a diagram of patent drawings of a plane made by the Wright Brothers.[4] Stanley kept in contact with them via his friend Griffith Brewer.[3][5][6] Eventually, Spooner decided that a journal focused solely on matters relating to flying should be published—and so, Flight magazine was established as an offshoot of The Automotor Journal.[1][4]

Claiming to be the first aeronautical weekly in the world, Flight first appeared on 2 January 1909 as the official journal of the Aero Club of the United Kingdom (later the Royal Aero Club).[1] In April 1934, Flight was acquired by Iliffe & Sons, who were proprietors and printers of technical magazines, one of which included Autocar.[7][8] On 4 January 1962 the magazine was renamed Flight International.[1]

In August 2019, Flight International and its associated divisions (except analytics and consulting divisions, which were retained by RELX as Cirium) were sold to DVV Media Group.[9] In September 2020, Flight International switched from a weekly to monthly publication.[10][11]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d Bruce 1982, p. 133
  2. ^ Ward, Arthur (2015). A Guide to War Publications of the First & Second World War: From Training Guides to Propaganda Posters. Pen & Sword. p. 39. ISBN 978-1-783-83154-8. Founded in 1909, Flight (now Flight International) the British produced global aerospace weekly and the world's oldest continuously published aviation news magazine, was another publisher of specialist information which appeared as wartime paper restrictions allowed to keep enthusiasts up to date in aircraft design and performance.
  3. ^ a b "Grace's Guide To British Industrial History: Biographies: Stanley Spooner". Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Back To The Beginning". Flight. 28 October 1948. p. 506. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Grace's Guide To British Industrial History: 1903 Automotor Index". Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Grace's Guide To British Industrial History: 1901–1902 Automotor Index". Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Flight International: Publishing History". Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Aircraft Journal"/Sheffield Independent – Monday 9 April 1934 p.1. Retrieved 19 July 2018 via: https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk: Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited.
  9. ^ Kingsley-Jones, Max (19 December 2019). "Powering into our eleventh decade". Flightglobal. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  10. ^ Announcing a new era for Flight International Flight International 28 July 2020 page 10
  11. ^ Hoyle, Craig. "Comment: Welcome to the new-look Flight". Flight International, September 2020, Vol. 197, No. 5749. p. 7. ISSN 0015-3710