June 3, 2012
An Open Letter to our Readers –
It has been 15 years since Historic Wings launched — some of you may recall that we launched the first issue of our magazine on the Fiftieth Anniversary of Chuck Yeager’s sound barrier breaking flight. Today, I am extremely excited to share the news that after a long editorial break, HW is back. Once the leading online aviation publication with quality, deeply researched topics and photo galleries, the magazine has been dormant for a long time. It has always been a dream to bring back the publication and with today’s relaunch with our newest issue, we are pleased to say that we are back online and in full force.
The new Historic Wings is a full-featured, graphically intensive e-magazine. Based on traffic logs, we know that the vast majority of our subscribers enjoy high speed, high bandwidth connections. Therefore, the time has come to break through the limitations of old and go big with our images, our presentation and our content. We won’t be gratuitous — you’ll not have 2 MB image downloads or anything like that — but we will be publishing for the Facebook and YouTube interactive generation. Your expectations are higher and you deserve the best. The new magazine is designed to work with every leading browser and with iPhones, iPads and Android devices. We will do our best to bring you the content you deserve, with daily, weekly and monthly updates. Pushing the limits carries its risks, so if something doesn’t work well with your system, please let us know so we can address it.
I want to thank everyone for all their support over the years. Also, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your future support, submissions and posts. Historic Wings has always been more than a static publication and it will be adding more and more interactive features in the future. In addition, you can expect us to commence a new series of publications, both in print and online. The history of aviation has never been so exciting and the future is going to be nothing short of amazing based on the developments we’ve seen in commercial and military aviation just over the last decade.
To celebrate our return to publishing, we will soon be announcing a promotional giveaway — many of you may remember how many years ago, we gave away a ride in a P-51D Mustang. We’d like to do that again. Subscribe today and you’ll be automatically entered. The announcement will be coming soon once we have the details worked out.
See you in the skies!
Thomas Van Hare
Publisher & CEO