Rare Gloster

Today we have a magazine cover. According to this listing, it’s the October 1937 issue of Air Stories.

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As well as the delightful story titles and bylines ‘Recording Officer’ and ‘Finger of Death’, the cover illustration is something that just jumped out at me as soon as I saw this on the internet. While it looks like a made up aircraft, it is, in fact the Gloster F.5/34 prototype put into squadron service colours, though the real, never-named machine gained no production orders.

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Unsurprisingly, it looks rather like a monoplane Gloster Gladiator, which was, in reality, used by 56 Squadron RAF which did use the red and white chequer-board marking in the illustration.

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The artwork is a competent piece, and the signature, bottom left is ‘R Drigin’. Apparently, according to the Dumfries & Galloway Aviation Museum, this is Serge R. Drigin. They say: “Born and raised in Russia, he became a sailor, then studied art in Moscow and following World War I settled in London. Throughout the 1920s and 1930s he produced a prolific number and range of illustrations…” [see here] “…especially for action magazines and comics intended for boys; he was also a pioneer illustrator of science fiction. Drigin was a keen yachtsman, and was a fan of motor racing at Brooklands.” The other illustrations on their page by him include a number of imaginative covers, including a couple more one-offs, both enabling original artwork, and something that’s very different to more sober, credible covers. A great find.

James Kightly, Vintage Aero Writer.

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