Aviation and aviation fans now have a new magazine! “Wings – a magazine dedicated to French aviation heritage and history” was launched in June 2021 with the aim of establishing an inventory of the aviation heritage of France. Here is a look at the contents of the first issue…
For its arrival in newsstands, the first issue of the quarterly magazine “Les Ailes” has a table of contents intended to set the tone for its editorial policy. The cover showcases the Bloch (future Dassault) 155 in a special feature entitled: “Bloch 155, Marcel Bloch’s ultimate fighter.” To trace the short existence of this fighter aircraft, the editorial team prepared a 30-page feature article, with unpublished documents and testimonies as well as numerous illustrations.
For this first issue, the editorial team also wanted to pay tribute to Pierre Mendès France and the role he played, first in the Middle East and then in France, in an attempt to prevent the defeat of 1940. After the armistice and General de Gaulle’s call for arms, Mendès France would be taken prisoner before escaping. He was then appointed captain in the Lorraine bombing group.
The magazine also highlights the Salmson Cricri “Cricket”, a French monoplane whose first model was delivered in 1936, or the Tiger Moth, a British biplane used between 1940 and 1945.
This issue also includes the first part of a special feature devoted to the camouflages and paints used on French aircraft in the 1930s. Not to mention the news stories that are sure to please collectors and other aviation enthusiasts alike. All in all, readers are treated to no fewer than 170 images, for what looks to be a successful take-off!
Magazine. “Les Ailes – la revue du patrimoine et de l’histoire aéronautique française”, issue 1. Éditions Lela Presse. 80 pages.