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RAFM Lectures

read moreWW1 LunchTime Lecture Series

New CCI Book

read moreWings Over Mesopotamia, Air War in Iraq 1914-18

CCI London Event

read moreWar in the Sunshine The British in Italy 1917-1918

2017 AGM

read moreAnnual General Meeting for 2017

Conference in Krakow

read moreForgotten Fronts in the Air War, 1916/17

TSTB2 stock

read moreThe Sky Their Battlefield II - hardback edition back in stock

Clerget Assembly

read moreVirtual movie showing assembly of a 130 hp Clerget 9B

CCI Trophy 2016

read moreIPMS Scale Modelworld - best WW1 aircraft model in show

IPMS Ireland 2016

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Surrey in the Great War

read moreDrop-In event

WFA Air Talks - Updated

read moreAviation related talks at WFA Branch meetings

Why join CCI?

read moreA short essay, by Trevor Henshaw

The Flying Machine

read more...is here!

New CCI Forum

read moreThe new Forum went live on Friday, 30th September 2016

WW1 Aero

read more... replaced by "The Flying Machine"

Volume 47 Number 2

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Leefe Robinson

read moreLeefe Robinson Centenary Exhibition

TAVAS Appeal

read moreAppeal to raise money for a film about Australian airmen

Stow Maries Flying Day

read moreWW1 Aviation Heritage Trust Flying Day at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome

Californian Symposium

read moreFirst Air War - an interactive, multi-media symposium centennial event

L'Aeronautique Militaire

read moreL'Aeronautique Militaire 1914 - 1918, Traditions & Heraldique

HMS President Scrapped?

read moreOne of only three surviving WW1 warships

Aviation Art

read morePrize: Guild of Aviation Artists

New Journal Index

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Tate Britain

read moreWW1 Exhibition

GoAvA Exhibition

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Volume 47 Number 1

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2017 Calendar

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New CCI Book

read moreLawrence of Arabia & Middle East Air Power

London Meeting

read moreNew London Meeting format announced

Polish Conference

read moreAviation on the Forgotten Fronts of the Great War 1914-1918: Part Two 1915-1916

Volume 46 Number 4

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Air Britain

read moreSales discount for members of Cross & Cockade International

Brumowski Talk OFF

read moreTalk by Ivan Berryman - cancelled due to illness

2016 AGM

read more2016 AGM and TE Lawrence Mini-Seminar

Volume 46 Number 3

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Airship Association

read moreAirship Association Symposium on 31-Oct-2015

Sky Their Battlefield 2

read moreThe Sky Their Battlefield II is available through Cross & Cockade International for £40.00 (softback) or £50.00 (hardback) plus postage.

WFA Talk

read moreAviation Talk in Kent by Peter Hart

Bridge to Airpower

read moreThe Bridge to Air Power; Logistics Support for Royal Flying Corps Operations on the Western Front,1914–18 by Peter Dye

Airfields of Oxfordshire

read moreOxfordshire's Great War Aviation Story


Observers & Navigators

read more"Observers & Navigators" And Other Non-pilot Aircrew in the RFC, RNAS and RAF

RAFM Open Day

read moreDardanelles Archive Opening

Volume 46 Number 2

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Above the Dreaming Spires

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Oxfordshire's Great War Aviation Story

2016 Calendar

read moreThe 2016 Cross & Cockade International calendar is here!

Revised Constitution

read moreAt our AGM in April we changed our constitution in two minor ways:

Volume 46 Number 1

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Snoopy Exhibition

read moreFor those the other side of the pond, there's an upcoming exhibition on Snoopy & The Red Baron.

2016 AGM

read moreThe Cross & Cockade International AGM for 2016 will be held at the RAF Museum, Hendon, on Saturday 23rd April 2016.

Volume 45 Number 4

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Lunchtime Lectures

read moreFirst World War in the Air: Lunchtime Lectures at RAFM Hendon

Scottish Strutter

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IWM Library under Threat

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St Omer Update

read moreWe have a report from our President, Peter Dye, who states that the British Air Services Memorial is in good shape - 10 years after it was first erected.

Volume 45 Number 3

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The Sky Their Battlefield II

read moreThis new book, The Sky Their Battlefield II, is available through Cross & Cockade International for £40.00 (softback) or £50.00 (hardback) plus postage.

Volume 45 Number 2

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Winged Victor

read moreGordon Atkins' acclaimed biography of Victor Yeates, "Winged Victor" has been out of print for some little while. We're delighted to announce that the biog of the author of classic WW1 aviation "novel" (almost an autobiography ...) "Winged Victory" is now available as a PDF download from Cross & Cockade International.

Pre-Loved Books

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The society regularly receives gifts and bequests, which often include members' book collections. We are hugely grateful to members for these generous gifts and, to make the most of them, we have a section of the web shop where they are available for sale.
 

New CCI Book!

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Available exclusively from the Cross & Cockade International web shop; Hauptmann Godwin von Brumowski: Austria-Hungary's Ace of Aces for £15.00 plus postage.

AIR76 & AIR79 Records

read moreWe've heard today from family history web site FindMyPast, that they are now offering searches and downloads on The National Archives digital archive of officers and other ranks personnel records, known to us as AIR76 and AIR79.

CCI Seminars

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Back Issues

read moreAll back issue stock to Volumes 34 has been donated to the RAF Museum, who have offered to take responsibility for the stock and sell it through their shops at Hendon and Cosford.

Volume 45 Number 1

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Heartbleed Bug

read moreThe Heartbleed Bug has been widely reported around the media over the past few days. It is a real threat. However, we're delighted to say that our site is not affected, as we do not use the Apache web server technology.

Pathe News

read moreA selection of First World War footage from Pathe News, covering the Royal Air Force, British, French and American airmen, zeppelins, balloons, plane wrecks and the Royal Navy Air Service.

Volume 44 Number 4

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London Meetings

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New Italian Book

read moreWe have an exclusive new book for sale in our shop: "Storia del Campo di Volo di Villaverla".

34 & 42 Sqn Officers

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Book on French Markings

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Volume 44 Number 3

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Volume 44 Number 2

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Index

read moreJournal index updated.

RA Little

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Guild of Aviation Artists

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Volume 44 Number 1

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James Bigglesworth

read moreWe thought he was a figment of WE Johns' imagination - looks like not!

Pension Records

read moreIn November 2012, The Western Front Association announced the acquisition of some 6.5 million Pension Records Index Cards and Ledgers (PRCs).

Volume 43 Number 4

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Harry Woodman

read moreWe are sad to have to announce the death of Harry Woodman

Peter Cooksley

read moreWe are sad to have to announce the death of Peter Cooksley

Mike O'Connor

read moreWe are sad to have to announce the death of Mike O'Connor

Filton Grant

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Filton - famously the home of "Bristol" - has won a grant from BAe to conserve the surviving WW1 buildings and develop a heritage centre.

Volume 43 Number 3

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George Miller

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We are sad to have to announce the death of George Miller.

Volume 43 Number 2

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Volume 43 Number 1

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RAFM at Shuttleworth

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Most people will by now have heard that the RAFM's replica RE8, Albatros DVa and Sopwith Snipe, built by Peter Jackson and TVAL in New Zealand, have landed in the UK.

Stow Maries FOR SALE

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Rumours have been flying for some weeks, that Essex WW1 home defence airfield Stow Maries is up for sale.

Stow on the Beeb

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I hope everyone has heard of the superb WW1 airfield restoration, underway at Stow Maries in Essex. If not, check out this link:

http://www.stowmaries.com/

Propeller Books

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Bob Gardner is the leading expert on propeller design and manufacture in WW1. Over the past few years, Bob has been bringing out a series of books on British propellers and menufacturers, which, when complete, will doubtless be the definitive word. These books are now available through the society's web shop.

Finnegan Talk

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Terry Finnegan, author of Shooting the Front, will be giving a talk at the IWM on 20th June 2012

Albatros Flies!

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Albatros D.IIIALBATROS FIGHTER FLIES AGAIN!

Koloman Mayrhofer and Eberhard Fritsch announced that in the late morning of 10th April 2012, after a 94 year break, a WWI designed Albatros fighter has flown again.

Research Tools

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Many of our members have put countless hours into developing their own research tools. Here, some members have allowed us to post their work - for you to download - for free.

War Graves Appeal

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Wedmore War Graves

Volume 42 Number 4

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CCI Curator

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Supporting our remit as an educational charity, Cross and Cockade International are part-funding a curator's role at the Royal Air Force Museum, based at Hendon.

2012 CCI Seminar

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Cross and Cockade International hosted a highly successful seminar over the weekend of 22nd to 24th June 2012.

Never mind the Olympics - THIS was THE unmissable event of 2012 - for anyone interested in WW1 in the air!

Dolphin Monograph

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The society's first book, "Nieuports in RFC, RNAS & RAF Service", has sold out - and is now available as a download. Our second book was the hugely popular "Royal Aircraft Factory FE2b/d & Variants in RFC, RAF, RNAS & AFC Service".

Now here's the third in the series: "Sopwith Dolphin in RFC, RNAS, RAF and Polish Service" - available to order now - shipping from 16th March 2012.

York Meetings

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I'm delighted to report that attendance numbers at our long-running series of quarterly meetings in York are standing up nicely.

London Parking

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Our London meetings are held on HMS President, moored on the Thames Embankment. While this is handy for several tube stations, it's not that easy for those wanting to travel by car.

Colin Huston has recently found a great parking scheme nearby, which might be of interest to other members.

Volume 42 Number 3

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Volume 42 Number 2

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Stow Maries Show

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Stow Maries Aerodrome closed over winter. The next show will be Saturday 5th May 2012, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the formation of the RFC.

Alex Imrie

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It has been confirmed by Alex's family that he passed away, after a short illness, on 4th June 2011.

A full obituary (below) has been prepared by the family.

Volume 42 Number 1

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Nieuport Book

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It's back! Our first monograph, the widely acclaimed Nieuports in RNAS, RFC and RAF Service is available for sale again.

Italian Hangar

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The more observant amongst us might have noticed a unique sale, that went through on Ebay some two years ago. This was for a Bessoneau Type H hangar - picture at bottom - which was being sold "as is" from RAF Wethersfield.

2012 Calendar

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The 2012 Calendar is here! But there's only 15 left as of 31st January ...

Peter Cooksley

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We are delighted to announce that, contrary to reports via other forums, Peter Cooksley is still with us.

The following email was today sent to us by Frank Anderson, Chairman of the Croydon Airport Society:

Dan-San Abbott

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We were saddened today to hear of the death of Dan-San Abbott, after a short illness.

US Naval Aviation

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The monograph Naval Aviation in World War I has been out of print for many years and paper copies are no longer available through the Naval Aviation History Branch or the Government Printing Office.

IPMS Hendon

read moreThe International Plastic Modellers' Society (IPMS) will be holding a regional meeting and show at the RAF Museum at Hendon.

RAFM on Flickr

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The Royal Air Force Museum has a huge collection of WW1 aviation photographs. Unfortunately, many of these are uncaptioned - and sadly many also have no acquisition details - the museum don't know who donated the albums, or when.

Last WW1 Veteran Dies

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The world's last known combat veteran of World War I, Claude Choules, has died in Australia aged 110.

Officers Mess or Village Hall?

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DRINKSTONE VILLAGE HALL IS ON THE MOVE - Relocation not demolition for rare historic building!

A ninety-year-old relic from the First World War, which was originally an officers mess hut at Great Ashfield Airfield and has served as the Drinkstone Village Hall in Suffolk since 1924, is being moved, lock, stock and barrel, to a new home at a museum and wildlife centre on the former First World War aerodrome at Stow Maries in Essex.

Volume 41 Number 4

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Hawker Memorial

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Last year we reported that a permament memorial to Major Lanoe Hawker VC was being created on the site of his fatal crash in France. Phil Mobbs, from today's 24 Sqn, tells us that the project is now complete.

Lighter Restoration

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World's Oldest Aircraft Carrier (sic)

Seminar Papers

read moreCross & Cockade Seminar, 1995

Stripped Camel!

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We are offering for download a most interesting eBook, by Martin Koopman, which shows the construction of the Sopwith Camel in all it's intricate detail. The eBook includes 47 pages in full colour, 420 mm x 297 mm, with a resolution of 120 dpi.

CCI accept cards

read moreWe can now take card payments directly, as well as via PayPal.

Stow Maries Show

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Stow Maries held a highy successful Vintage Fly-In on Sunday 8th May 2011

Stow Maries Memorial

read moreStow Maries Aerodrome passed another landmark with the dedication of its new memorial on Friday 17th December

Colin Ashford

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Noted WW1 artist and CCI member Colin Ashford has been elected Vice President of the Guild of Aviation Artists

Stow Maries Film

read moreA short film - "Loss" - based around Stow Maries, by Giles Ford-Crush

Volume 41 Number 3

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Volume 41 Number 2

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2011 Calendar

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The 2011 calendar is SOLD OUT!

Guild of Aviation Artists

read moreWW1 Aviation Painting of the Year 2010

Volume 41 Number 1

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Calgary Theft

read moreThieves plunder Aero Space Museum of Calgary

Museum at Stow Maries

read moreOn Sunday 30th May, the Aerodrome Museum at the Stow Maries project was officially opened by the Mayor of Maldon.

Channel 4

read moreFighting the Red Baron will be broadcast on Channel 4, Friday 4 June at 9:00pm

New boss at RAFM

read moreThe Royal Air Force Museum Trustees are pleased to announce that Air Vice-Marshal Peter Dye OBE has been selected as the Director General, Royal Air Force Museum with effect from  9th June 2010.

Avro Blue Plaque

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A Blue Plaque has been dedicated, commemorating the first Avro factory

Trophy for MOSI

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Desmond Penrose Trophy

Severnside Military Show

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The Severnside Military Show this year will be held on the Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th of June with a large gathering of armour, jeeps, trucks and enthusiasts. The event has moved from Kemble and will now be held at the Severnside Vintage showground in Cambridge, Glos. The new venue provides a laid back, friendly atmosphere for all of the family to enjoy.

Journal Index

read moreThere's now over 40 years of Cross and Cockade International journals - all indexed.

Volume 40 Number 4

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RAFM Car Parking

read moreCar parking charges are to be introduced at Royal Air Force Museum, London.
 
However, all CCI members attending the AGM on 17th April can obtain a FREE day pass from Reception (in the main foyer) to place in their vehicle. This will provide FREE parking while at the Museum. There is no payment required - please just return the pass on departure.

Best Article 2009

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Vote for the Best Article of 2009

This is your chance to vote for what YOU consider to be the best article published in the journal during 2009.

Next year, 2011, we'll be making an award the the author of the Best Article published in the journal during 2010. You'll have the chance to vote on paper, using a form sent out in the journal - or on line via the web site. To test this latter system, we're giving you the opportunity to let us know what you think of the articles published during 2009.

Over to you!

Regional Meetings

read moreCross & Cockade International have regular regional meetings around the UK - why not check out the dates below and pop along?

BBMF under threat

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Our government has decided that the Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight is expendable - and are threatening to withdraw funding.

Leaman Lecture

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To mark Paul Leaman's imminent retirement as Chair of Trustees, after 40 years of dedicated service to the society, we're implementing a keynote lecture in his name, to be given at our AGM each year by an eminent aviation historian.

Note that you don't need to be a CCI member to attend - and admission to the RAFM and the Leaman Lecture is free of charge.

Those Magnificent Men

read moreNo - not THAT fantastic film. This is the play - and its not about pre-war air races either.

Crossing the Line

read moreA trailer for Peter Jackson's upcoming WW1 film, "Crossing the Line", has been posted on You Tube

IWM Film Archive

read moreImperial War Museum film archive available on line

Bristol Bus to AGM

read moreA 50 seater coach is being organised to take members from Bristol to the AGM

When Europe Went Mad

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When Europe Went Mad: A Brief History of the First World War

 


 

When Europe Went Mad: A Brief History of the First World War

- a new title by Terence Finn, working with Tim Kenney marketing - watch the review in the next journal!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/When-Europe-Went-Mad-History/dp/1571974970/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1263757676&sr=8-1

Newspaper Archive

read moreThe North London newspaper archive for the British Library is being digitised, and the millions of newspaper pages moved to Boston Spa in Yorkshire.

Guild of Aviation Artists

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In 2010 the Guild will be hosting its 40th annual exhibition! If you've any interest in aviation, and enjoy a well-produced painting, this is a not-to-be-missed event.

IPMS Bolton Show OFF

read moreBolton Model Bonanza cancelled

IPMS Show, Hendon

read moreIPMS are holding a show at the RAF Museum, Hendon on Sunday 23rd May 2010

Scale ModelWorld 2016

read moreThe 2016 show will again be at the Telford International Exhibition Centre. Make a note in the diary - 12th & 13th November 2016

Volume 40 Number 3

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New books in the Shop

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We have two new titles (well, new to us anyway) in the shop:

Fairey IIIF - the InterWar Military Workhorse
by Phil Jarrett

Down the Flare Path
by Denis Montgomery

Stow Maries Calendar

read moreStow Maries have released a rather attractive calendar for Christmas.

Scale ModelWorld 2009

read moreThe IPMS show, Scale ModelWorld 2009, was held at the International Exhibition Centre, Telford, on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th November 2009.

FE2 Unveiling

read moreOn 1st July 2009 the Royal Air Force Museum's FE2b was unveiled in a ceremony at Hendon, London.

Volume 40 Number 2

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FE2b/d Monograph

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Inevitably, further details have come to light since the publication of both of our monographs. We will be adding them to this page of our website. If anyone has further information that could be shared with others using this site, please forward it, in the first instance to the Editor.

Last updates made 20-Feb-2010.

Nieuport Monograph

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Inevitably, further details have come to light since the publication of both of our monographs. We will be adding them to this page of our website. If anyone has further information that could be shared with others using this site, please forward it, in the first instance to the Editor.

Last updated 31-May-2011

We also have a full Name Index, lovingly crafted by Trevor Henshaw and the team. This is integral to the download version of the monograph - and we also offer it here for those who have the printed book:

Name Index

WW1 Weekend

read moreGunpowder Mills, Waltham Abbey hosted a WW1 weekend 15th and 16th August.

Henry Allingham Dies

read moreThe BBC has announced that Henry Allingham, the world's oldest man and one of the last servicemen from World War I, has died. Henry was also the last surviving member of the air services from WW1.

Virtual Reims 1909

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Liverpool University 'virtually' recreated 1909 Reims Air Race

About us

read moreCross & Cockade International (CCI) is the First World War Aviation Historical Society. Who are we? What do we do? Find out more...

WW1 Aviation Links

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Links to other WW1 Aviation sites

Volume 40 Number 1

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GoAvA Exhibition

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The Annual Exhibition of paintings at the Guild of Aviation Artists was being held at The Mall Galleries in London, between 20th and 26th July 2009, and was, yet again, a resounding success.

AV Roe Centenary

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On Sunday 12th July 2009, underneath the railway arches on the Walthamstow Marshes,  an exhibition was held to celebrate to 100th anniversary of the first all-British powered flight.

Oeffag Alb D.III running

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Last weekend an original 1918 Austro Daimler engine was run, during a Aviation Festival near Vienna. Even better - the engine was in an Oeffag Albatros D.III!

FE2b/d Monograph

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Following the resounding success of the society's first book, "Nieuports in RFC, RNAS & RAF Service", on 1st July 2009 we launched our second. Publication coincided with the unveiling of the newly-restored FE2b at the RAF Museum, Hendon.

We are taking orders NOW through the on-line shop! Don't wait for too long, as interest is proving to be higher than expected, and we're not expedting stocks to last beyond the autumn.

Price delivered in the UK is £30.00, overseas by surface is £32.50 and overseas by airmail is £38.15 - excellent value by any measure!

Baracca Exhibition

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An exhibition on top Italian ace Francesco Baracca is on display at Lugo (between Bologna and Ravenna) in Northern Italy until 19th July 2009. Anyone in the area should make this a "must see" item!

Bessoneau on Ebay

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Mark Evans of the Midland Warplanes Museum has put the following item on Ebay, with a BuyNow price of just £1,500!

Not something you'll see every day. Lets hope someone buys it who can restore it properly - and maybe even put it on display. Wouldn't it be great to see it housing a WW1 aircraft again??

New Belgian Morane

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For the last 20 years, the Ypres Technical School have had a beautiful 110hp Le Rhone rotary engine. Three years ago, staff and students started building an aeroplane for the Le Rhone to live in. Now it's ready to roll!

Flypast Over Eastchurch

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On Friday 24 July 2009 a formation of current and historic aircraft of the Fleet Air Arm flew over Eastchurch on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent, the birthplace of Naval Aviation and home of the first Royal Naval Air Station.

The Royal Navy fly past was the opening event of "Sky Sheppey 2009" a weekend of flying displays, events and exhibitions celebrating 100 years of British aviation.

Stowe Maries Open Day

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Situated within the Parish of Cold Norton, near Maldon in Essex, England, stand the remains of buildings that once made up a front line Home Defence aerodrome. Built by the RAF towards the end of the First World War the aerodrome was abandoned in 1919 and has remained within the ownership of the same farming  family ever since. The majority of the original buildings remain, and visitors are always amazed at how atmospheric the site remains.

This unique time capsule is now being restored to its original glory. Watch this space to see the progress - large parts of the restoration are due to be competed this year! Visit www.stowmaries.com for more news, and the full story behind this fantastic project.

2010 AGM

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The society's 2010 AGM took place, as planned, in the main auditorium of the RAF Museum, Hendon, on Saturday 17th April.

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