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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.


The 2021 AGM will be by Zoom on Saturday 10th April at 14.00.  

The Leaman lecture will follow at 15.15, by Paul Hare, expert on the Royal Aircraft Factory: The BE2 - The Right Aeroplane for it's Time. 

To reserve a place, please contact Andy Kemp at membership.secretary@crossandcockade.com for a Zoom link. Non-CCI members cannot attend the AGM but will be welcome to the lecture. However, our Zoom account only allows for 100 attendees, so first come first served!  


2021 Subscriptions are now available - see Membership menu above. If you have not yet paid for your 2020 Subscription, please do so; they are still available. 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.



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. 

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. 




We had to temporarily block book sales to EU countries immediately after Brexit until the VAT situation was clarified. However, we are now once again able to sell the bulk of our books and back issues into the EU.

This is due to the EU extending their VAT minimum value threshold to €20 from 01-Jan to 01-Jul-2021. We have conservatively translated this limit to £16. Items we are still unable to sell to EU resident customers are digital downloads, which are not covered by this exemption, and of course books valued over £16. Subscriptions (for 2020 and 2021) are unaffected, and are available world-wide as usual.

To enable all the availability of as much of as possible of our back catalogue, we have permanently reduced the price of Volumes 39 to 48 from £22 /£23 to £16 - and are temporarily (until July 2021) also offering Volumes 49 & 50 at £16.

The new pricing is now in place on the web shop.

We’re hopeful that by July 2021 the EU will make available a revised VAT structure, which will once again enable us to trade fully throughout the EU.


Please note this does NOT apply to membership subscriptions and journal postage which will continue to be available as normal.



Our quarterly journal is at the heart of the Society: 

Volume 52/1, Spring 2021 is now available  - so all members should have your copy by now. 

Upcoming Digital Journal

From 2022, a digital pdf version of the Journal will be available. Members can see a sample pdf version of Vol 51/4 in the Members' Area, above. 

This will be 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. 


Our 2021 Calendar  is now available - Click here to buy one. 


Issue 36 of our popular free email newsletter Wind in the Wires compiled by David Marks, went out in February, containing all the latest events and news relating to our fascinating subject. Subscribe here to receive future issues. Back numbers are available in the link below, under "Useful Stuff". 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, you'd do well to check your spam filter(s)!

Another batch of pre-loved WW1 aviation books will soon be available on the web shop - 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.


Current Journal, Vol 52/1:


 Articles in this issue:

Black Sheep - FSL Gerald Ewart Nash, B Flight 10 Sqdn RNAS: Stewart Taylor 

Leutnant der Reserve Karl Nemenyi, Flik 49: Juraj Cervenka 

Venice's Eyes: Balloons, Airships and Aeroplanes of the Regia Marina: Pietro Landro

Major Donald Roderick MacLaren DSO MC* DFC CdG LdH: Rod Henderson

The Development of British Air Power on the Western Front to the end of 1915, Part 1: David Spruce

An Armstrong Whitworth in Bulgarian Service: Mike Kelsey 

Gazetteer of British Flying Sites in France, Belgium and Germany, 1914-1920, Part 5: Peter Dye, Roger Austin, Mick Davis

Staff College Student Accounts of War Experience (List): Trevor Henshaw

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


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