Jane's All the World's Aircraft
is an aviation
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founded by Fred T. Jane
John Fredrick Thomas Jane was the founding editor of reference books on warships and aircraft . He also once kidnapped Victor Grayson MP in a political stunt....
in 1909. It is published by Jane's Information Group
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Jane's All the World's Aircraft
has chronicled a century of ever-accelerating aviation progress and recorded the particulars of an unprecedented number of flying machines, using the widest possible interpretation of that phrase, in the most minute detail. Six editors have had the privilege of commenting upon the significant aircraft and events of manned flight since the first edition appeared in November 1909 as All the World's Airships (Aeroplanes and Dirigibles)
. This first publication was seen as being ahead of its time but even the skeletal book showed the strength of Fred T Jane's standardised approach to data collection. The first edition even carried a pre-addressed return proforma for aviation pioneers to supply the details of new machines.
Besides listing the different types of aircraft by nationality, the first issues covered aerial societies, journals and flying grounds and cost just 21 shillings
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(£1.05). Jane himself had a desire to fly and he was nearly killed doing so in 1909 whilst attempting a flight on Dartmoor
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. His aircraft caught fire, but he merely commented that it would be one less machine to include in his forthcoming work. As with Jane's Fighting Ships
, Jane received extensive help from enthusiasts worldwide, including Louis Blériot
Louis Charles Joseph Blériot was a French aviator, inventor and engineer. In 1909 he completed the first flight across a large body of water in a heavier-than-air craft, when he crossed the English Channel. For this achievement, he received a prize of £1,000...
, A.V. Roe
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and Prince Heinrich of Prussia
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Jane censored the 1914 issue, which was published just after the outbreak of the First World War, blacking out whole sections describing British equipment and organisation. He noted in it that, for all practical purposes, aircraft have no more to do with peace than submarines. The work's accuracy helped morale by dispelling alarmist rumours about imminent German air raids, showing that the Germans did not possess anything but the smallest fleet of airships. Respect for the accuracy of Jane's All the World's Aircraft
transcended political enmities. Cold War
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authorities supplied Jane's with information. Such was the technical reference book's reputation that Argentina
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even provided details of its aircraft during the Falkland's Conflict
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in 1982. Altogether, there have been only 97 editions, mainly due to disruptions during the two World Wars.
2009 was the 100th Year of Jane's All the World's Aircraft
The 1919 edition was edited by C. G. Grey. By 1938, Leonard Bridgman
Leonard Bridgman was the editor of Jane's All the World's Aircraft from 1941 to 1959.-First assignment:Bridgman's first assignment in aviation was in 1913, aged 18, when one of his drawings was used to illustrate the Hendon Air Race programme...
had joined him as editor, and was the main editor of the 1945 edition. In the 70's and 80's John W. R. Taylor
John William Ransom Taylor was a British aviation expert and editor. He edited Jane's All the World's Aircraft for three decades during the Cold War...
was the chief editor, with Bridgman as assistant editor. Paul Jackson, the current editor, took over as Editor in 1995.
- Fred T Jane, founding editor, 1909-1915
- C G Grey, 1916-1940
- Leonard Bridgman, 1941-1959
- John W R Taylor, 1960-1989
- Mark Lambert, 1990-1994
- Paul Jackson, 1995-present