David Halford's first aviation memories are of flying down from Khartoum to Aden in the early 1950s in an RAF Avro York, and on a Sabena Caravelle from London to Brussels in 1959, experiences that started his interest in aviation. Short sight prevented him from considering a flying career, but his enthusiasm for aviation has never dulled.
A working life in book publishing involved air travel worldwide, and a chance to photograph aircraft across Latin America, the Caribbean, the Far East and Europe. In recent years, he has been writing and supplying photographs on a regular basis for leading aviation magazines such as Aircraft Illustrated and Combat Aircraft. His pictures have been used regularly on the covers of official DVDs for airshows including the Royal International Air Tattoo and Flying Legends, Britain's most important classic warbird airshow, as well as on specialist DVD releases on individual aircraft such as the Spitfire and the Canberra. Salmon Publishing used his images of classic aircraft for their World War II Legends 2008, 2009, 2010 calendars. David also writes on general historical subjects and recently co-authored the text for Last Refuge's Britain: The Mini-Book of Aerial Views. He is currently working with Last Refuge on a history of London.
Most of David's substantial collection of aviation photographs has been built up since the mid-1980s. In recent years he has visited airshows, airbases, airports and air museums throughout Europe, including the former Warsaw Pact countries, Japan, Latin America, Libya and the USA to expand his collection of more than 150,000 transparencies and digital images. The collection includes over 2,000 military and civil aircraft types, as well as numerous sub-variants, and covers smaller details as well as the aircraft themselves.