AirHistory Frequently Asked Questions

AirHistory is a website dedicated to the preservation of aircraft history. That means that we are interested in historical aircraft photos, but of course also in recent photos, because tomorrow's history is being made today.

Our aim is to have a picture of every aircraft in every marking, colour scheme or configuration it has had in its history, at as many different events and locations as possible.

No, you must be the photographer, the keeper of the collection holding the copyright or have a right or permission to publish the photo. If a person comes forward with evidence a photo is his or hers, the photo will be removed or the photo credit changed. You will be advised of any claims on your photos.

No. All photos added to the database remain the property of the copyright holder (usually the photographer) and not We will not use uploaded photos for any other purpose than to display them at this website.

We encourage photographers to submit any photo that helps meet the aims of AirHistory. Aircraft can range from ultralights and hot air balloons to warplanes to airliners and the space shuttle. We especially urge people to upload unique, historic, and rare images because we are more concerned with the content of your photos than with their quality.

We ask that the photographers send photos that are the best possible quality within the file size limit. We understand not all photos are taken in ideal conditions and that can affect the quality. Please see our Which Images to Upload guide and our How to Edit Images guide for more information on photo quality and getting the best from your images.

Essentially, photos that do not contribute to the history of an aircraft or airport. This includes most creative art photos. Also certain types of flying craft will not be accepted, for example unmanned drones (unless based on a manned aircraft design), parachutes and hang gliders. Please see our Which Images to Upload guide for a comprehensive listing.

We accept a limited number and variety of these types of photos. Please see our Which Images to Upload guide.

The photos at AirHistory are uploaded as a permanent contribution to aircraft history, not as a personal portfolio. Your photos will be checked by other photographers to see if they should upload their pictures. In some cases they won’t upload because they will see you already have the subject well covered. So we strongly urge you not to ask for deletions later, in the interests of preservation of aircraft history and in the interests of your fellow photographer.
If you want to upload a picture to AirHistory solely to sell and then delete when it is sold then please don’t. It is not in the spirit of AirHistory. AirHistory is an aviation history image archive, and not a pretty picture gallery or a portfolio. There are many other websites for that.

No, we won’t do that. We will accept the better photos but yours will remain. One of the reasons is there might be links to your photo that will broken.

No, only .jpg or .jpeg are allowed.

Minimum pixel size: 1024 pixels (longest side)
Minimum pixel size for rare photos:     600 pixels (longest side)
Maximum pixel size: 1800 pixels (longest side)
Preferred pixel size: 1500 pixels (longest side)
Preferred height/width ratio:   1.5 : 1 (e.g. 1500 x 1000px)
Maximum file size: 2 MB

No. Only the removal of sensor or dust spots is allowed. Restoration of old photos and film by removing scratches and other blemishes, age and processing defects is permitted but only if done with skill. No element in the original photo can be removed during restoration. Poorly restored photos and those that have been tampered with will be rejected.

No. The website has been specially designed for searchability. To have a meaningful database with reliable search facilities we need to have standardised data. Please read the help texts for every database field.

AirHistory’s autosuggest function will find information for aircraft already in the database. Beyond that are many sources that can be used such as internet databases, official aircraft register websites, and specialist aviation books. Some recommended links are provided in our Reference Section.
But please be aware that all sources, internet sources in particular, can have flaws in the accuracy of their data or data can differ between sources. Errors can always be amended by our editors, who will also standardise the data.

No, but you can request the editors to do so. They will check the data for correctness and make sure it remains standardised.

No. We accept photos from every country in the world without any restrictions and bias.

Only invisible watermarks are allowed. Such watermarks don’t disturb the pleasure of looking at the photos or mask relevant details, but they still can provide a means to prove you are the legal copyright owner.

No, we do not accept photos with added text or logos. Your photographer name will be shown n the caption below the photo, and in a copyright bar that is attached to the bottom of your photo.

Yes, but only to other photos on the AirHistory website. Links to other websites are not allowed.
Note: this feature has not yet been implemented.

In general the captions should give details that are relevant to and add to the knowledge about the aircraft, but some anecdotal information is allowed if it relates to the photo.

No, email addresses are hidden. Viewers can send emails to photographers by using the Contact button. Any person sending you an email cannot see your email address, unless you choose to reply to the sender.

AirHistory does not facilitate photo sales. If you wish to buy a photo, please contact the photographer.

Detailed guidelines as to what is an event are in the help texts on the upload page. All aircraft that participated in an event, both statically and in the flying display, or as entrants and official aircraft in the case of an air race, should be listed with that event. Other aircraft at the airfield on the day of an air show can be included but it is not mandatory.

Yes, but only for personal use. Pictures downloaded from AirHistory must not be used for financial or other gain, posted at other websites or sent to others without first obtaining approval of the copyright owner. Attempting to sell photos downloaded from AirHistory is absolutely forbidden and a breach of the law in most countries.

Yes. Low-quality (research-grade) photos, which are mostly meant for dedicated aviation historians, will be tagged so that users with no interest in such material can choose to exclude them. The Advanced Search page offers an option for that.

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