Camo from the Copy

Today an advertisement thanks to Airminded on Twitter. As well as the proposition (‘call us to camouflage your buildings or they may get bombed’, – definitely not a “nice factory, be a shame if something HAPPENED to it” angle of course!) the aircraft caught my eye.

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It’s not a German type, despite the prominent Swastika on the tail. The artist has doubled the vertical tail surfaces, but otherwise it’s pretty clearly a copy of the prototype Boeing YB-9 all-metal bomber of the early thirties.

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Fun for those of us who like to catch the oddity, but it’s an odd, obsolete prototype to chose for a 1939 advertisement. There’s another whole question about the role of private enterprise in arranging for civilian camouflage.

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Lastly, let’s go back to much earlier, to another brightly coloured fictional depiction of the Boeing YB-9 ‘in action’ from Universal Model Aeroplane News.

James Kightly, Vintage Aero Writer.

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