Mirage From Portugal, joined May 1999, 3125 posts, RR: 14 Posted (13 years 1 month 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2221 times:
Does somebody know when planespotting was born and why or have some links on the web that I can search. All the searches I made give me sites of photography around airports but this time I need a little history.
P.S. I need this for a writing I'm trying to do
LHRSIMON From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2002, 1343 posts, RR: 21
Reply 11, posted (13 years 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1965 times:
I class planespotting as the taking of aircraft numbers to log into a book,not taking photo's , so here goes.I think this is correct. Plane spotting indeed started in England. I also agree that its an offshot of trainspotting that started in England about the 1920's .This was mainly due to the peoples love of Steam engines. It was not an uncommon sight to have hundreds of people trainspotting on one station in the 50's.
In the 60's - 70's most of the trains started to change to diesel rather than steam and the hobby of train spotting became less popular. Many of the people then turned their attention to those funny things flying in the sky and the hobby of plane spotting become more popular.
I don't know how it spread to other countries like Holland but i guess that's another story.
By the way here in the UK people will spot anything. Buses,trains,planes,birds and wildlife,trams the list goes on.
What's the saying "Mad dogs and Englishman go out in the mid day sun."
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Lindy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (13 years 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1962 times:
Actualy Planespotting started in England during Second World War. Before the war, people were watching airplanes (like now you go to the airports and you have families with kids watching airplanes but they dont know the difference between 727 and 737).
The real "planespotting" like I said before started in England. They were civils watching aircrafts flying from the Channel Lamaunche (sp?). They had charts how each aircraft looks like and they were writting down what kind of aircraft just crossed Britain's border. Right away they were sending telegraphs to RAF bases what just flown over their heads. So RAF could prepare in advance to meet enemy forces in the air. After the war, people continued watching planes and writing down registration numbers.
It didnt start in Kitty Hawk (first flight was in Ohio anyway not in North Carolina), it didnt start in 20's but it started during II World War.
Thats the official story about "history of planespotting"