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Welcome to Cross & Cockade International!

The purpose of Cross and Cockade International is to provide quality detailed information on, and promote research into, all aspects of aviation up to the end of the First World War. We do this primarily through our quarterly journal available by subscription, and by occasional seminars and informal local meetings. The Society has existed in it's present form since 1970 and in various forms since 1960. 

Despite the Covid crisis journal production continues, and the Society will function and develop as planned except for face-to-face contact.


2022 Subscriptions are now available - see Membership menu above. If you are not yet a member and wish to join and receive our quarterly journal, please subscribe using the link to the right or by using the "Membership" menu above. 2021 membership is still available if you want to read the 2021 journals. 

digital pdf version of the Journal is now available. This is an alternative to the printed Journal, not a replacement. Subscription cost will be less for Members wanting the digital version only, and the content will be fully searchable online. You can request both versions. Members can see a sample pdf version in the Members' Area, above.


Our 2022 AGM will be held on Zoom on Saturday 30th April at 14.00, followed by the Leaman Lecture by Trevor Henshaw on "The Airco DH2 and the Men who Flew it" at 15.15. To receive a Zoom link by email, contact us at membership.secretary@crossandcockade.com . Non-members are welcome to join us for the lecture (but not the AGM); please request a Zoom link from the same email. 


The Western Front Association, with whom we have close links, is hosting an on-line talk by Graham Kemp on The Royal Flying Corps on the Western Front, at 20.00 on 28th March. See under Upcoming Events, below. 


Issue 40 of our popular free email newsletter Wind in the Wires compiled by David Marks, went out in March, containing all the latest events and news relating to our fascinating subject. Subscribe here to receive future issues.  We've over 1,400 subscribers - and it's free - so why not see what you're missing? PLEASE NOTE that if you think you've subscribed, but haven't received your issue, try checking your spam filter(s)! Previous issues can be found under "Useful stuff", below.  


CCI are supporting the production of a film about Lanoe Hawker VC, by Indiegogo Films. See the trailer and crowd-funding appeal, at the link under the Latest News menu, below. 


Our quarterly journal is at the heart of the Society. Volume 53/1, Spring 2022 is now available.

 Current Journal, Vol 53/1, Spring 2022

 Articles in this issue:

Major John Galpin DSC DFC, RNAS & RAF: Gordon Leith

Ghost Over Greece - Army Airship LZ85: Peter Chapman 

Captain Jack Sorsoleil MC, 84 Sqdn, Part 2: Stewart K Taylor

Flieger Abteilung 301 and the German Aerial Force in Palestine, Part 3: Dieter Groschel and Elimor Makevet 

Gazetteer of British Flying Sites in France, Belgium and Germany, 1914-1920, Part 9: Peter Dye, Roger Austin, Mick Davis

.......And the Editorial by Mick Davis 



Our 2022 Calendar  is now available - Click here to buy one.


We have an active Facebook page, cared for by Adrian Roberts; plus a twitter account@crosscockade which is also growing in popularity.



We have a large selection of mainly WW1 aviation-related books for sale, both our own publications and also many second-hand books. Please click on the Shop menu above.  

We have special offers of the books "Baptism of Fire - the Royal Flying Corps in France 1914-1915" by Alex Revell reduced from £23.95  to £14.95, and "BE2a: A Definitive History", reduced from £27 to £17 by Paul Hare and Andrew Willox. Go to the Shop menu above, then to "books/other books". 


 But unfortunately not EU residents:

We regret that as of 01-Jul-2021 the only order we can accept, for customers residing in the EU, is for membership of the society

From midnight on 30 June the EU has abolished all the remaining VAT and Customs Duty reliefs applying to sales of goods (books, back issues, calendars etc) to customers residing in an EU member state.  It is not economic for us to register for VAT in member states and comply with their VAT laws and so we have decided reluctantly to cease to supply goods by post or download to any member or customer residing in an EU member state.  This does not apply to membership subscriptions!

If you live in an EU member state and have visited our website to purchase goods by post or download, please do not proceed any further because we will not be able to fulfil your order.

 Air Britain have produced what must be the definitive book on the Bristol F2 "Fighter". Cross and Cockade experts have had a major role in bringing it to publication.  Members are allowed a discount on all Air Britain publications, on providing their CCI membership number. 


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