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Welcome to Cross & Cockade International!

Apologies for the slow update to the society web page this quarter, but the labels went to the printers two days before a house move, and a week before a holiday! Hopefully things will quieten down now.

Issue 49/2 left the printers on 8th June - so all members should all have your copy by now; with perhaps the exception of those who chose overseas surface mail. On that note, we're discussing the possibility of dropping the surface mail option for future years. We're finding that most of our lost items are from the 50 members still subscribing surface mail, and the extra cost of airmail to members is just £1 per year. Plus, if you subscribe airmail, you get your journal SO much more quickly! Surface mail delivery can take weeks - or even months. Understandably, nearly ALL our "where's my journal" queries come from surface mail subscribers.

If dropping the surface mail option is a problem for you, please get in touch - here's your chance to influence our thinking!

This week we can announce the launch of Alex Revell's latest book "Baptism of Fire" - the story of the RFC during the first year of WW1. Read more about this fascinating new book here, or go straight to the sales page.

Saturday 21st April saw the society's 2018 AGM at the RAF Museum, Hendon. Those who made the effort were rewarded with an excellent talk on the history of, and current projects at Stow Maries, by CEO Ian Flint; and also a superb question and answer session with Jean Munn. Apart from being SM's chief pilot and also Chief Engineer for the Shuttleworth Collection, Jean has much experience flying original and replica WW1 aircraft. His insights and honest comments on the flying characteristics of various WW1 types will long linger in the memory ...

Issue 25 of our popular free email newsletter Wind in the Wires went out in May, containing all the latest events and news relating to our fascinating subject. Subscribe here to receive future issues, and/or email me if you'd like to be sent the back numbers. We've over 1,200 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, you'd do well to check your spam filter(s)!

Our latest publication, "Wings Over Mesopotamia, Air War in Iraq 1914 - 18" was launched at our 2017 AGM - and is selling well. Get your copy and read the fascinating story of the air was over Iraq (as it's now known) here, in the web shopMore details of what's in the book here.

It's also your last chance to buy our 2018 Calendar! We've only a handful left, so if there's a calendar-shaped gap on your office wall, you can grab one now, here. Our 2019 Calendar will be available soon.

Another batch of pre-loved WW1 aviation books are available on the web shop - and more will be arriving shortly. - all at very reasonable prices. Watch this space!

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

49/1 Front Cover

49/1 Rear Cover

Articles in this journal are:

Pierre Malvoisin - a Fighter Pilot with L'Aviation Maritime Francaise: by David Mechin

36 Squadron - a WW1 History: by Mick Davis

Captured German Aircraft - Part 5: by Paul Leaman

Salmson Canton-Unne Aero Engines - Part 1: by Peter Cowlan

Last of the Many - Lt HB Oldham of 29 Sqn: by Stewart Taylor

Morane Type L in RNAS Service: by Nick Forder

Farnborough's Tail Boom Fighters: by Paul Hare

In addition we have the usual Editorial: by Mick Davis, plus Fabric, Bookshelf - and Modelling, new releases and kit reviews by Joe Moran.
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