1000aircraftphotos.com got its start in 1998 hosted on Homestead.com,
created by Ron Dupas, of Depoe Bay, Oregon,
US. It was called "Aviationphotos" at that time. The
images came from Ron's collection
of several thousand photos that he amassed between the late 1950's
and early 1970's. The majority of the photos were taken by Ron in
countless trips to airports all over the USA and Canada, and others
came from relatives and companies.
Aviationphotos soon grew in size to a point that the limit of free
space was reached, so the next step, in 2000, was to register a name
for the site and host it at a "real" web hosting company.
Offers began to come in from web site visitors to supply the web site
with additional photos. You can see them in the Contributors
and Collections section of the web
site. Most of the photos on the web site come from contributors.
Visitors also contribute remarks and stories about the photos. Had
it been forseen that the site would far surpass the number of Ron's
own photos, the site would have been named 100000aircraftphotos.com
In 2003 Johan Visschedijk of the Netherlands partnered with Ron to
add basic information about the aircraft types represented on the web
site, and to ensure accuracy of aircraft identifications.
collection is also on 1000aircraftphotos.com.
1000aircraftphotos.com has achieved a level of success
far exceeding what was thought possible. It is a certainty that this
could not have happened without the contributions made by many
aviation enthusiasts who supply photos and remarks. Keep