The ultimate site for aviation memorabilia and gift ideas.
Welcome to Airobilia, the ultimate site for aviation memorabilia based in the UK. Airobilia provide top quality aircraft memorabilia from times past through to present day. Our aviation merchandise benefits from having dedicated staff who have a passion for the industry, and the majority of the photographs we use in our calendars, books and postcards have been taken by ourselves.
We are a small team of aviation experts based in Yorkshire. Our aircraft memorabilia benefits from our decades of experience within aviation, and our love of the industry has driven us to share our images and experiences with the rest of the world.
Court Line, Monarch Airlines, British Airways and Britannia Airways are just a few airlines that feature in our collection of aeroplane gift ideas, which include calendars, books, posters and many more media produced by the Airobilia team.
Whether you need a personalised collage or simply a stunning canvas, Airobilia can cater for you.
As well as beautiful photography of the aeroplanes from the air, we have had the rare opportunity to take photographs of aircraft cockpits and crew members. We have many photos of the main airports in the UK, including Heathrow, Gatwick and Luton, and we have also collected iconic images from across the world, such as the former checkerboard at the Hong Kong Kai Tak airport.
Our aviation memorabilia is steeped in history, and we have been gathering photography and stories for many decades. So, whether you want a black and white print of a historical aircraft, images of stewardess uniforms from days gone by, or a bang up-to-date photograph of the Airbus A380 flying into Manchester then look no further than Airobilia.
Meet Graham Alexander
“My time with Court Line was probably the best time of my life in aviation. It was incredibly exciting to be with such an innovative company and each day was full of different challenges and fun. I enjoyed my work immensely, even going in on my days off with no pay! Taking photographs of those memorable times seemed the most natural thing to do, and I am so glad I had the sense to keep everything in good condition since I involuntary left in 1974 when Court ceased operating.”
Having had his interest in aviation piqued by his father who was in the RAF, Graham began his airline career at 16. His youth was spent gazing at military and civil aircraft in the UK, Hong Kong, Cyprus and Germany and this interest rapidly developed into taking photographs. Graham rose through the ranks of Court Line, leaving only when the airline collapsed. He then went onto work with Hawker Siddeley on the CAAC Trident 3 and HS146 and finished his career with 22 years at British Airways.
He has since completed a book dedicated to Court Line Aviation and Luton Airport 1969-74, with full colour photographs from his own private collection. Graham’s passion for aviation is contagious and he loves to share his photographs and experiences with others. It seemed only natural that he would progress into creating high quality aircraft memorabilia, and he looks forward to getting that next photograph.
Meet Keith Woodhams
“Living on the approach to Booker Airfield in the 60’s, the arrival of the noisy RAF Avro Anson and Percival Pembroke for night flying training was my awakening to a life-long interest in all things aviation.
Following the departure of the RAF and the guard room, I ventured into the nearby hangars to find a whole variety of aircraft types from Tiger Moths to De Havilland Rapides being serviced, patched or re-sprayed. As a lad of eleven I soon picked up odd jobs, cleaning the oil soaked cowlings, wire brushing spark plugs and sweeping the hangar floor but most importantly, making the tea.”
For Keith, this was the beginning of his passion for aviation. He began working for Court Line at Luton Airport in passenger services. Luton Airport was made famous for more than one reason; the main one of course was for being a centre for airlines taking holiday makers to sunny destinations across Europe and beyond in the 70’s. Court Line Aviation, Britannia Airways, Monarch Airlines, Dan-Air and BMA to name but a few!“There was a great camaraderie, a passion and a pride in wearing the Court Line uniform and being involved at all levels to make the airline a success.For the aviation enthusiast it was the delight of seeing even more planes being diverted into Luton from fog bound airports. I hope you enjoy the memories and nostalgia captured in our photographs as much as we have had in the pleasure of compiling them.”