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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