New WW2 Images added

On the photo libraries link above you’ll find the latest thirty images added today to the ww2images archive. They mainly consist of early Spitfire photos including this one;

which depicts the first Spitfire delivered to the RAF K9792 lying damaged beyond repair after stub axle of port mainwheel sheared off. The aircraft had flipped on its back after the propeller had dug in whilst landing at Duxford, 20th September 1938.

All pre-orders now despatched

Just a quick update to confirm that all pre-orders for the new books have now been despatched.  Your account will probably still be showing a status of  ‘processing’ but this is simply because we’re trying to work out a quick way of changing the status to ‘sent’ on all pre-orders together rather than doing them individually!

New Books Now In Stock!


We are delighted to announce that our four new aviation books arrived exactly on schedule today, Friday 7th March.
Our despatch team are now working hard to get as many of the hundreds of advanced orders out as possible over the weekend, so please bear with us!
You can still order Luftwaffe Crash Archive 4 at the pre-order price of just £20 + postage, the full RRP of £25 will apply from 1st April.

New Titles now available for pre-order!

We’ve just uploaded the four new titles that we’ve been working on recently, so all are now available for pre-order.
The new titles are two volumes of the War Torn Skies series, covering Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire; a long overdue softback reprint of Lettice Curtis’s autobiography and of course, the one that many are waiting for, Luftwaffe Crash Archive Volume 4.

All books should be delivered to us no later than 7th March so any orders placed which include any of the above will be despatched from 7th March, or before if the books arrive early. We’ll keep you posted on here of progress.

To celebrate the launch of these four new books, we’ve reworked our postage rates so that we can now offer FREE postage for all UK orders over £31. Any UK orders below £31 in value will be covered by a flat charge of just £3 per order. So if you’re placing an order for LCA4 for UK delivery, why not add another book to qualify for free postage.

(All combined orders of pre-order books and books that are in stock will be held and despatched in one package from 7th March.)

Click on the banner above to preview the four new books.

Luftwaffe Crash Archive 4

We’ve been getting a lot of enquiries about Luftwaffe Crash Archive Volume 4 recently so we thought we’d better post a quick update.
The book is currently in the design stage and should be ready for printing by the end of January, this means that the publication date will be early March. We normally aim to put the book up ready for pre-order about three weeks before publication so expect to see it on the website in early February.

As it’s still in production, we can’t give the exact date range that this volume covers but we currently estimate that it will cover up to 30th September 1940.  Here’s a sneak preview of the cover!


Our telephones

As we are mainly a web based operation we don’t usually have people available to answer the phone at all times. In which case, if you have any urgent enquiries, please email me personally using and I’ll get a reply to you within 24 hours. I appreciate as we get nearer to Christmas everyone gets a bit panicky about delivery times so please use this method to make it easier for all of us!

As part of our continued expansion, from January 6th 2014, we’ll have a new phoneline set up which will be manned regularly from 9am – 5.30pm weekdays.

New Aviation Art


Over on our aviation art site you can see my latest painting ‘Morning Glory’ which is published today as a limited edition print.  Also on the website you can follow a ‘work in progress’ feature, following this painting from blank canvas to final varnish.

If you order any print this week you’ll automatically be entered into a free prize draw to win an original painting worth £950.  All details can be found on

Our 50% OFF Sale

In October 2013 Red Kite ended its storage and distribution contract with Ian Allan to enable us to take full control of the stock and pricing levels.   As a result, in November we rehoused the existing book stocks into a new storage facility near Leicester.      With several new titles due in early 2014, we decided that it was an ideal time to clear some of the old stocks to make space for next year’s books.    We are therefore running a one-off sale on selected titles that will run until December 31st 2013 to co-incide with the launch of this new website.

All the selected titles are offered at 50% of the recommended retail price and can be browsed by clicking on the banner above.   Once this sale is complete on 1st January 2014 the prices will revert to normal so don’t miss the chance to grab a bargain for Christmas!