Without this magazine’s founding editor, the late Richard T. Riding, Aeroplane’s archive probably would not survive

Ben Dunnell explores The Aeroplane’s outstanding archives to cast new flight on past stories

Editor Richard Riding (third from left) is among those inspecting the first issue of Aeroplane Monthly, fresh off the Index Printers press in Dunstable during April 1973. At right is Wg Cdr Maurice Smith DFC, then publishing director of IPC Business Press stablemate Flight International and one of the new magazine’s first contributors.

In a very real sense, Richard T. Riding will continue to contribute to every issue of this magazine, despite his passing. Whenever we use material from the photographic archive of the original weekly The Aeroplane, the fact that we are still able to do so is down in large part to the efforts of ‘RTR’, as he saved it from likely oblivion.

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