The Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Enterprises, publisher of the official RAF Yearbook, has decided to cease publication of the annual magazine.
The Yearbook, which was printed for the 44th – and final - time last year, provided an insight into current RAF operations, deployments and new technology. It featured regular contributions from some of aviation’s most respected writers and photographers.
Chief Executive Tim Prince said the decision was taken partly in response to the growth of the internet which has made much more detailed information about RAF operations and equipment available online – and in real time.
He added: “The marketplace for aviation magazines such as the RAF Yearbook has also become crowded whilst advertising revenues – and sales - in the sector are shrinking. At a time when the aerospace industry and the military are facing unprecedented cost-cutting, we have decided that the best course of action is to focus on other areas of our core business.
“Nevertheless, we are very proud that in its time, the RAF Yearbook was the leading RAF publication and for this we’d like to thank all of those involved in the production process along with those who contributed articles and photographs over the years. We, and the Chief of the Air Staff Sir Stephen Dalton, hope opportunities arise in the future that will enable us to work together to revive the title for special one-off publications that mark key anniversaries or special occasions.”