A really strong monochrome graphic design from 1937 for a Rolls Royce engine, where the aircraft is led around the roundel. Interestingly, the Rolls Royce Merlin isn’t named, here, and the aircraft type – hard to identify – is, conversely named as the Fairey Battle. By the time actual combat was joined, in May 1940, the Battle’s performance had been so far surpassed, the type acquired a terrible reputation as a deathtrap no longer as a ‘speed shape’ in the sky.
Unfortunately the artist’s signature on the lower left seems undecipherable.
James Kightly, Vintage Aero Writer.
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