Book topics? I am thinking of classic aircraft…

Finnish DC-Association's Douglas C-53C-DO (OH-LCH, c/n 6346) at the Helsinki-Malmi Airport on 2016-07-11.
Finnish DC-Association’s Douglas C-53C-DO (OH-LCH, c/n 6346) at the Helsinki-Malmi Airport on 2016-07-11.

Over the years I have taken a lot of aircraft photographs. It really started as means to get accurate information for scale model projects, and I still take “detail pictures” whenever I have the opportunity. But I also take pictures that (I would like to think) are simply attractive to look at, if not for everybody then at least for those who like airplanes. Lately, I have been thinking about turning some of those pictures into books.

The question is, what would be good topics for airplane books mainly consisting of photographs. I am thinking “classic aircraft”… but what does that mean? Some of you are now thinking of P-51 Mustang, B-17 Fortress, etc., and sure, those are “classic”, no doubt. And while I have plenty of pictures of Mustangs and Fortresses, those topics are already covered quite well, just go to your local bookstore.

I have been working on a book about DC-3s, surely a classic aircraft. The work is proceeding even though I have missed my original, self-imposed deadline. Before the end of the year the book should be out.

As for what I am considering “classic” when it comes to aircraft, here are some thoughts:

  • Boeing 737, Douglas DC-9
  • Piper Cherokee, Cessna 172, maybe also Beechcraft Bonanza
Boeing 737-8H4 (N8682B, c/n 36651) of Southwest Airlines landing in Manchester, NH on 2016-07-29.
Boeing 737-8H4 (N8682B, c/n 36651) of Southwest Airlines landing in Manchester, NH on 2016-07-29.

Lately I seem to have shot a lot of Southwest Airlines’ 737s, even that could be the subject of a photo book.

Any thoughts? Please comment.

Cessna 172N (N75621, c/n 17267856) of Cumberland Valley Aviation about to touch down in Carlisle, PA on 2016-05-16.
Cessna 172N (N75621, c/n 17267856) of Cumberland Valley Aviation about to touch down in Carlisle, PA on 2016-05-16.
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