About

British Aviation Research Group

The British Aviation Research Group (BARG) had its beginnings at Blackbushe Airport (then London’s second airport) in 1957 when the small group of young local aviation enthusiasts, decided to get together to produce a monthly list of aircraft movements. When Blackbushe closed as an international airport in 1960 the Group stayed together and widened its horizons so that the monthly movements lists gradually expanded to cover airfields further afield. As the membership of the Group gradually increased so did the contributors and it became possible to include reports from all over the country in the monthly magazine. With enthusiasts with particular military aviation interests joining the Group, and access to official records becoming more readily available, BARG was able to start producing monographs giving detailed histories of specific aircraft types.

Samples of North American Military Aviation Review, British Aviation Review & Roundel

BAR and NAMAR

The monthly magazine changed name several times over the years to reflect the extent of its content before finally becoming ‘British Aviation Review’.  Having started as a two sided list of aircraft movements at just one airport ‘Blackbushe Movements’ produced on a duplicator, it progressed from foolscap to A4 and finally in 1976 to an A5 litho magazine, by which time the monthly output was up to 36 pages.  Coverage had expanded with reports from around the world, along with developments within foreign as well as UK air arms including photographs.  Reports started to be categorised with separate sections within each magazine covering activities and sightings within the Army Air Corps, Royal Air Force, Fleet Air Arm, Manufacturers, US Military, Foreign Air Arms, Accidents and Incidents (Bangs & Prangs) and RAF Northolt.

The period covered by DVD4 includes Volumes 37 (1995) to Volume 41 (1999) of BAR plus NAMAR which was only produced for one year (2000).  The style of BAR did not change significantly from the years immediately although some sub-sections disappeared and other changed slightly; for example  the Manufacturer’s section disappeared in late 1995 but was revived in 1997.  At the end of 1998, the Editorial Team was shuffled in an attempt to ease the workload on an ever diminishing number of people willing to give up their time to such a task.  However it was to no avail and as the Millennium approached it was apparent that BAR could not continue in its current form; as well as a diminishing number of volunteers, the number of contributors was also reducing.  It was decided that a smaller magazine concentrating on North American Military aviation would still be within the scope of this reduced number of volunteers and contributors, so in 2000 North American Military Aviation Review was launched.  Although successful, it too became a victim of the lack of volunteers as the Editors decided to retire.

Roundel

In the mid 1970s detailed historical research by a number of BARG members was producing sufficient information to justify a standalone magazine dealing solely with aircraft no longer in service and squadrons and air bases that were no longer operational with the UK armed forces.  To publish this information, in 1976 ‘Roundel’ was launched.

DVD4 also includes Volumes 19 (1995) to 20 (1996) of ‘Roundel’ which covered a diversity of types from each of the three UK Armed Forces.  RAF types included the Phantom FGR.2 and the Venom NF.10; FAA types included the Sea Vampire T.22, Sea Venom FAW.21/22and the RAN Sea Venom FAW.53; AAC types included the Skeeter and Autogyros in British Military service.  The serial rundown comprised NA102 – NX989 and PA100 – PZ989.  British Military Crashes of 10 and 20 years ago are also included.  As with BAR, during this period Roundel had problems recruiting people willing to give their time to produce the magazine; in fact this problem afflicted Roundel earlier and caused it to cease publication in 1996.  However the name was revived for the RAF Unit Review within BAR in the following years.

Other publications

With all the Group’s resources concentrated on producing the magazines, there was not the capacity to produce any new publications and the one that had been in the pipeline for several years, a 2nd Edition of Royal Naval Instructional Airframes ended up as a joint publication with Air-Britain.

Since publication of the 2nd Edition in 1983, work has been going on to update British Military Aircraft Serials and Markings, although how it might be published has been less clear.  This has now changed and with this final BARG DVD we are able to include a fully updated 3rd Edition of BMAS&M.  Although the basic format has been retained, it has been adapted to include status and fates on all serial allocations up to 2020.  Also included is new allocation data.  This is contained within 642 pages of text with 520 photographs (434 colour and 86 black and white) integrated within.  We are sure you will agree with us that this makes a fitting finale to the series of BARG DVDs.

This prodigious “Digital Book” contains 642 pages excluding covers

Aside of an enormous amount of data it also contains….

…520 Photographs including the Front Cover

Of those, 434 are in colour…

…and 86 in B&W

A truly magnificent piece of work worthy of the reputation of….BARG