The First World War was when aviation truly came of age.

A time of dizzying technological advances which changed not only the nature of war, but also society. A time of huge bravery and tragic loss. At The Great War Aviation Society, our mission is to explore, preserve and share information on this fascinating period to make sure the aircraft, pilots, ground crew and their sacrifices are never forgotten.

Find out more about who we are and learn about our work to support the British Air Services Memorial at St Omer. You can get regular updates on First World War aviation by signing up for Wind in the Wires, our free quarterly newsletter or becoming a member.


Dig deeper into
the history of WW1 aviation

Read the stories, see the photos and learn more about this fascinating subject. Whether you are interested in the Royal Flying Corps and its fighter aces, want to know more about the aircraft they flew in or are looking for modelling inspiration, you can learn about all aspects of World War One in the air as aviation transformed from rudimentary flight to sophisticated aerial combat through the course of the First World War.


Become a member to deepen your subject knowledge and help keep the legacy of early aviation alive.

If you are a member of the Society, you will receive our highly respected quarterly journal, Cross and Cockade International, plus additional member benefits such as our online lecture programme.


Browse our latest news and immerse yourself in WW1 aviation.

Contact! magazine now available in the shop
The new magazine from The Great War Aviation Society can now be downloaded for FREE in our shop. Contact! tells the story of aviation in the First World War, and
Save the date of the AGM: 13th April 2024
We are delighted to invite you to this year’s AGM which will be held by Zoom again, to allow as many members (including international members) to attend. We hope as
Contact! NEW WW1 aviation magazine ready for take-off
The Great War Aviation Society is launching an exciting new colour magazine dedicated to all aspects of WWI aviation. Contact! aims to widen the appeal and interest in the Great

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