Hello, my name is Richard Scott and I am the creator of Classic Aircraft Art.
Let me tell you a little bit about where I am from and the steps that led me to create this website.
About My Town
I was born on the north east coast of England in the last century, in a town that a famous flying boat was named after.
Which is now the City of Sunderland.
Shipyards and Coalmines
They used to build ships there, a lot of them, and dig long, deep coalmines, three miles out under the North Sea, in the
search for coal, but not any more.
All that is history. But not forgotten.
A bit like most of the aircraft featured on this website, consigned to history, but not forgotten.
When I was growing up, it was said in some quarters, that if you didn't work down the coal mines, then it would be in the shipyards.
My father worked in the former and my oldest brother in the latter. Well, I did neither.
Magnificent Flying Machines.
What I did do, was to go on to study Aeronautical Engineering for awhile, as a way perhaps of following up my boyhood interest in those magnificent flying machines.
Flight of Fancy
Alas, the reality of the course didn't match up to the fantasy of becoming a latter day RJ Mitchell(you remember him don't you, from those far off Spitfire days?), and besides, there were far too many long and complicated mathematical equations to grapple with.
Still, engineering it was to be and I settled for the more prosaic Mechanical Engineering.
So it was as a boy that a passion for those flying machines developed.
Was it the speed?
Was it the deafening roar of those engines that would guarantee to have you gazing skyward to try to catch
a glimpse, to try and identify which one it was?
Or was it the sight of a bird like plane, soaring high into the serenity of a cloudless blue sky, far above the hurly burly of an overcrowded earth below?
Who knows, but it would have you reaching for the 'must have' Observer Book of Aircraft, an ever present companion of any
schoolboy aircraft spotter.
So, if I was going to put up a website about anything, then the chances were it would be about aircraft, and so it proved to
But where do you start to build a website around an idea?
How do you go about it?
Knowing Where To Start
After I had decided to create a website about aircraft, I literally, did not know where to start.
I knew very little about computers, and even less about the internet, and absolutely nothing about building a website.
Then one day, I found SBI!, which stands for Site Build It!
This website was built with SBI!, who provide all the tools and guidance to build a website about anything you like, or they guide you into choosing the right topic for your site.
Perhaps you are at the starting point that I was at, with an idea for a website of your own.
Maybe you haven't got any idea or topic to build a website around, but by using the easy to follow tools and systems that you will find in SBI! you will find one.