The oldest aviation publication in continuous publication, the RAeS Aeronautical Journal celebrates its 125th anniversary this month. WAYNE J DAVIS FRAeS describes the story of the publication that has featured papers and articles from many of the key innovators and creators from the history of international aviation.

The first edition of The Aeronautical Journal predates the first powered flight by the Wright brothers by some five years. Even then it was known that there was to be a rich future for powered flight. 125 years later, that potential has been realised with interest, from the initial hope of controlled sustained flight to flight powered entirely by electricity, transatlantic passenger flights, supersonic flight, missions to the Moon to building long-term crewed structures to circle in Earth orbit.

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