Welcome to BN Historians!

The Britten-Norman Islander is an iconic British aircraft. Designed in the 1960s and still in production today - the only British civilian commercial aircraft still in continuous production. 

Our aims are to collate information, especially photographs, for all Britten-Norman aircraft.

BN Historians is an independent society formed in April 1970, by four school friends who felt that Britten-Norman aircraft production needed recording, to ensure that the increasing numbers of BN-2 aircraft then being produced were properly documented.

Our History

Activities have included the publication of four books, "The First 500" in November 1974, "12 Years On" in July 1977, "1000 Up" in January 1983 and "Islander96" in July 1996. Each book gave a detailed production history, together with a brief company history, and sold quickly.

Our books have been used by the Britten-Norman company, and by BN-2 owners and operators worldwide. In 1989 all our data was transferred to a computer database, which is now the most up to date database of BN products worldwide.


Production History

Our latest version of the BN-2 Production History is a personally "printed to order" book on loose-leaf A4 format. With full indexes this is the most up to date data available - £45.00 plus carriage. A PDF file is also available for only £40.00 - no carriage - will be emailed after confirmed payment. Email us for more information. Click below:


BNH helped with the formation of BNAPS - the Britten-Norman Aircraft Preservation Society. With financial assistance from Airstream International Group Ltd BNAPS purchased the oldest Islander in existence, 003 G-AVCN and have restored to a static exhibit. 

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We maintain a database of all BN-2 aircraft and keep this as up to date as possible.

If you have BN-2 data requirements to assist you business or hobby, please get in touch with us for a quote for you specific requirements.


Web site still under construction

We are expanding our web site and more pages will be added as work continues. 

Please bear with us whilst we do this, come back soon!

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