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A brand new FREE historic aviation magazine for those who still run to the window when something flies over....
A brand new FREE historic aviation magazine for those who still run to the window when something flies over....
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Wingleader Magazine

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 Introducing Wingleader Magazine.

A brand new historic aviation magazine for aviation enthusiasts and historians worldwide.

There's something for everyone in the all new Wingleader Magazine 

In an age where aviation magazines are becoming more and more limited in their range of content in an attempt to stick to subjects that sell, Wingleader Magazine will cover the broadest range of interests, such as aviation modelling, archaeology, art, books and of course history.

So, a new aviation magazine with a broad range of articles, predominantly based around WWII military aviation but with a freedom to delve into WWI, Gulf War, Classic Airliners and even the Gloster Gnatsnapper if the story is interesting enough!

FREE digital download (yes FREE!) 

Wingleader Magazine will be FREE. Funded by advertising and sponsorship, Wingleader Magazine will be a FREE monthly digital download available worldwide to anyone with a device that can read a PDF.

Available in print as a quarterly compendium

We know the words ‘digital download’ don’t stick well with many older enthusiasts (including ourselves!) who at best have a love-hate relationship with this sort of technology and who much prefer the smell and feel of printed paper. Don’t worry. For our fellow ‘traditionalists’ we will be printing a quarterly compendium of the most recent three issues which will be available to buy individually or on a yearly subscription. These compendia will be printed to the highest standards, (as with all Red Kite/Wing Leader books), and will only contain the magazine articles, so all advertising and editorial pages will be removed.

For aviation enthusiasts, by aviation enthusiasts 

Although the editorial team can call upon top historians from around the world for articles, Wingleader Magazine will also provide opportunities for amateur researchers and enthusiasts to publish their work. Every enthusiast has his or her own special interest, be it a particular squadron, pilot, airfield, aircraft type etc. Most of this dedicated research is never published as opportunities are limited in the conventional market. Here at Wingleader, we have a library of over 25,000 military aviation photos and a team of highly experienced writers and publishers who can transform any basic research into a readable and memorable feature article.

Read on the go 

Wingleader Magazine will be a FREE monthly digital download available worldwide to anyone with a device that can read a PDF.

Beautifully designed 

The biggest visual difference is of course our choice of landscape instead of portrait format. We chose this for two reasons, firstly all monitor screens are landscape format so a single page will be easily readable without needing enlargement. Secondly, as we are mainly a photo based magazine, it allows us to reproduce images to a print width of up to 300mm instead of the usual 210mm, so 50% larger, providing much greater detail and clarity.

The story so far...

Mark Postlethwaite and Simon Parry in a cold, wet French field in October 2007 whilst filming the TV documentary ‘Last of the Dambusters’. Below their feet lay the remains of Dambuster Lancaster ED825, the aircraft flown by Joe McCarthy on the Dams Raid.
Mark Postlethwaite and Simon Parry in a cold, wet French field in October 2007 whilst filming the TV documentary ‘Last of the Dambusters’. Below their feet lay the remains of Dambuster Lancaster ED825, the aircraft flown by Joe McCarthy on the Dams Raid.

In the summer of 1986, 22 year old aviation artist Mark Postlethwaite was asked to paint a few cover paintings for Aircraft Modelworld magazine based in Surrey. On the staff of Aircraft Modelworld at the time was 28 year old Simon Parry who had recently setup his own publishing company ‘Air Research’ and was looking for cover art for some of his first books. The pair duly worked on several projects together and established a firm friendship forged by their common interest in WWII aviation history...

In 1990 Mark and Simon set up Red Kite as a joint venture to publish aviation books with a particular emphasis on a large photo content and high quality reproduction. These books proved to be an immediate success with several titles selling out within a year or so. Throughout the next two decades, both continued with their specific fields of interest, Simon in aviation archaeology and research and Mark by this time as a professional aviation artist.

In 2010 Mark and Simon formed Wing Leader Ltd to be an online retailer for all books published under their imprints. They brought Mark’s old friend Wesley Cornell in to design the website and to keep the technology at the cutting edge as online retailing developed. The concept of Wing Leader Ltd was always to include more than just books, as between them Mark and Simon had amassed a huge WWII photo library of over 25,000 images in the form of online library ww2images.com.

In 2014 Wesley Cornell launched a new magazine for accountants using the Xero software called XU Magazine. Using crowdfunding to get it off the ground, the magazine quickly grew. This success triggered discussions between the three as to whether the same principles could be applied to an aviation magazine. With Wes’s experience in the magazine sector and Mark and Simon’s vast amount of aviation material and contacts, it seemed to be an obvious move and Wingleader Magazine was born.

Now, twelve months after the initial discussions, the magazine is ready for launch. As with XU Magazine, the founders have elected to run a crowd funding campaign to help support the first 12 months of issues. Being unique in its concept and approach, the founders hope that the aviation community welcome and support this new venture which will open up so many stories that may never have seen the light of day in conventional books and magazines.

Look out for the limited edition Launch Issue

In early December we'll print a unique limited edition Launch Issue that you can order here via the Crowd Funding rewards.  After that, Issue 1 of the regular Wingleader Magazine will be officially launched on 3rd January 2019.

Risks and challenges

Given the experience of the co-founders of Wingleader Magazine, we don't anticipate too many challenges in producing the first issues. We are all very familiar with working to print deadlines and working with authors, illustrators and printers. The biggest challenge is to increase the circulation sufficiently and quickly enough to provide an attractive proposition for potential advertisers.

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