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History Of Planespotting  
User currently offlineMirage From Portugal, joined May 1999, 3125 posts, RR: 14
Posted (12 years 8 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2079 times:

Hello,

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.

many thanks
Luis
P.S. I need this for a writing I'm trying to do

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User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 8 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1986 times:

Planespotting was born when some guy took pictures of the Flyer I flight at kitty hawk.....first powered flight...hence spotting exists as long as aviation itself.....

User currently offlineLGB Photos From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 8 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1972 times:

Actually I read somewhere a while ago that plane spotting was a branch off from train spotting which started in England.

User currently offlineH. Simpson From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 949 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (12 years 8 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1963 times:

umm...train spotting...never heard of it before, but i think it's just like plane spotting

at least i knew there is bus spotting in Hong Kong! Big grin


User currently offlineTCAS From France, joined Sep 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 8 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1952 times:

Bus spotting. HAHAHA.  Big thumbs up

User currently offlineMirage From Portugal, joined May 1999, 3125 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (12 years 8 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1921 times:

LOT767-300ER,

Planespotting is not the same as aviation photography. Aviation photography is as old as the first flight but planespotting is not only photography.

The pure planespotting is to take notes of all movements you see on paper, not photography. I think this hobby was born in the UK around 2º WW but would like to have more details.

Luis


User currently offlineDstc47 From Ireland, joined Sep 1999, 1490 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (12 years 8 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1896 times:

It is certainly around since the 1920's / 1930's.
One enthusiast from near me, recently gone to the great threshold in the sky, began in the late 1920's as a child.

In the UK, the Observer Corps, a civilian volunteer adjunct to the RAF probably gave it something of a boost.

Post war the publication by Ian Allen of "ABC" guides of fleet lists and reg numbers began in the 1950's, making it easier to know what was missed.

And yes ABC guides to trains (and to buses?) predated those for aircraft.


User currently offlineFlpuck6 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 2123 posts, RR: 29
Reply 7, posted (12 years 8 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1881 times:

I remember reading planespotting took after train spotting. I think it was in an article promoting spotting at IAH (there is a thread in the archives on this).

There have been jokes that people do ramp vehicle spotting lol. Big grin



Bonjour Chef!
User currently offlineLGB Photos From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 8 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1873 times:

I have a friend who won't take a slide of an airplane unless there is a van in shot somewhere.  Big thumbs up (its an inside joke)

User currently offlineMirage From Portugal, joined May 1999, 3125 posts, RR: 14
Reply 9, posted (12 years 8 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1864 times:

Thanks Dstc47, good help.

Luis
P.S. and theres's also bird spotting


User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (12 years 8 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1851 times:

Mirage,

Yea i do understand that, but the people that were at kitty hawk were technically the first spotters....


User currently offlineLHRSIMON From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2002, 1343 posts, RR: 22
Reply 11, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1823 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."

Simon



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User currently offlineLindy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1820 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"

Rafal


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