The Great Computer Crash of 2015

In September the SAFO Computer crashed obliterating all files and their backup.  Fortunately, I’ve been able to complete the October 2015 issue of SAFO, but before I can mail it to you, I need to reconstruct the mailing list.  This is where I need your help.

Back in pre-computer days, I’ve kept names, postal addresses, and email addresses on index cards.  However, these may not be up-to-date.  Therefore, I ask your help in verifying this information.

Action Item: By return email, send to me your current postal address and I will check them against my index cards to make an accurate mailing list.

I have full information about the status of your SAFO account as of the end of Vol. 38 (April 2015). I can use your renewal forms for Vol. 39 to update your account.  Unfortunately, not everyone completely filled out their renewal form.  Therefore, after I receive your postal address information, I’ll email the information I have on your account. Then you can update your account information.

Other information that will help me get SAFO going again.

If you submitted an article for publication in SAFO that has not yet been published, please resubmit it.  If you’ve been thinking about writing an article or reviewing a book or decal set for SAFO, consider doing it now.

With your help, we can get SAFO back on track by the end of 2015.

Jim Sanders


Welcome To The Small Air Forces Observer

Are you interested in the story of the Danish air arms up to WWII, Bulgarian Arad Ar 196s, Mexican Vought Kingfishers, Israeli F-15s, etc.? Do you want to finish models in strange and exotic insignia such as Colombian Piper Cherokee, Iranian Stearman PT-17, Ecuadorian Curtiss-Wright CW-19R, Katanga AT-6/Harvard, etc.? (These are just a few of the articles and drawings that have appeared in the lasts four issues of the SAFO.)

Then this is the magazine for you!

The Small Air Forces Observer is a quarterly publication chronicling the people, aircraft, operations, and markings of the not-so-large air forces around the world and throughout history. Each issue contains 36 advertisement-free pages of text, photos, and drawings.

SUBSCRIPTION RATE: Annual subscription to four issues of the paper edition costs $20.00 in the USA, $24.00 in Canada and Mexico, and $28.00 for airmail to the rest of world. Four issues of the cyber editions cost $12.00. Payment may be made in currency, by International Money Order, by. a check in US dollars, or via PayPal to (add 7% for PayPal fee). New subscriptions begin with the next issue published after payment is received. If you desire otherwise, specify which back issues are desired. Send remittance to:


Jim Sanders
27965 Berwick Dr.
Carmel, CA 93923 USA.

Read a Sample Issue

Vol. 31 no. 3 (Issue 123) January 2008
Contents Include:

  • Mystery of O-47A 37-285
  • Turkish Curtiss Hawk II
  • Paraguayan DH Dove
  • Israeli F-15 (Part 4)
  • Yugoslav Potez XV
  • Spanish Me 110
  • Chinese PT-17

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