Aircraft InFormation.info is aimed at serious aviation enthusiasts who are looking for comprehensive information on a variety of civil and military aircraft as well as high quality photos and wallpaper of these aircraft. AIF is primarily an aircraft photo website, showcasing the best air-to-air photos of aircraft out there today. Although the emphasis is on military aircraft, the civil aviation side continues to grow and expand as dozens of carefully selected photos are uploaded every month.
Aircraft InFormation’s second main focus is data on aircraft themselves. The webmaster has authored the articles present on this website but does not have the time to give the full picture by writing articles on every aircraft that has ever flown. Instead, a two-pronged approach is taken: some articles appear on the website while the Links section points the way to other good sources of information. These links form part of the core website by allowing readers to quickly and easily access quality information without spending hours wading through literally thousands of pages of search results.
Aircraft InFormation also features one of the most detailed aviation glossaries on the Internet and a magazine guide which will be expanded. Look out for some big changes coming to AIF in the coming months (from March 2011).
Although I would like everybody to access free information, all articles on Aircraft InFormation are copyrighted and cannot be used without prior permission. You may link to the articles, but please do not reproduce anything. You may contact me and seek my permission to do so and I will consider your request, but please keep in mind that it has taken me a lot of time and effort to research and write these articles and I would hate to have that effort compromised.
Website hosting is not free and so the reluctant decision was taken to put up a few adverts. As much as they are unpleasant, they contribute (in a very very small way) to the running costs of this website, so please be considerate whenever you see an advert.
Aircraft have always fascinated me - one of my earliest memories is spending hours gazing at the aircraft on a series of aviation data cards I discovered in my dad’s drawer. Whenever an aircraft flew by, I would run outside and stare open-mouthed as the metal bird cruised by overhead. And today I still rush about in a frenzy when an aircraft goes by!
When I became a teenager I began compiling my own ‘reports’ on aircraft, styled along Jane's All The World's Aircraft entries. In early 2004 I decided that I would start writing articles suitable for magazine publication. I struck it lucky when I had an article celebrating the 30th anniversary of the BAE Systems Hawk published in the September 2004 edition of Air Force's Monthly. Since then I have been writing as much as I can.
I set up Aircraft InFormation in 2006 because I wanted to help rectify what I saw as the limited and fragmented state of aircraft information on the Internet. For quite some time I had dreamed of setting up my own website and getting the immense satisfaction of being able to share information with others. I enjoy the exciting and liberating feeling of reading up about some new aircraft on someone's website and hope to give that feeling to many other aviation enthusiasts out there.
My passion for aircraft and aviation led me into writing and in 2007 I enrolled at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, where I obtained a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010. I currently work for a South African defence news website and work on Aircraft InFormation in my spare time.
- Guy Martin.
Here is what Encyclopedia Brittanica has to say about me (taken from the 2011 edition, Volume 4 ;-)
"Born in the seaside town of Hermanus at the tail end of the 1980s, Guy Martin led a fairly ordinary life as the son of a builder and a pharmacist. Then, in 2000, the family moved back to the original Martin residence in the small, drowsy resort town of Pearly Beach where Martin senior could focus on his writing career, having retired from the building industry. Meanwhile, Martin junior was also initiated into the writing universe through his passion for aircraft and aviation. When Air Forces Monthly published his first article in September 2004, Guy was just 15 years old. This fired in him an undiscovered journalistic drive that saw him being published in a dozen aviation magazines over the next several years. This passion for aviation led him to consider a career in journalism and in 2007 he enrolled at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, which is supposedly the best place for Journalism in the entire African continent. Martin completed his fourth and final year of study there in 2010 and took up employment at ITWeb in Johannesburg the next year."