AIR ENTHUSIAST #82 JUL-AUG 1999: S.F.CODY STORY/ B-48 FIRECREST/ B&V FLYING BOATS
Air Enthusiast was a British, bi-monthly, aviation magazine, eventually published by the Key Publishing group. Initially published by the Tri-Service Press and created by Pilot Press 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.
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.
The magazine ceased publishing with issue #131, September/October 2007.