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
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.