Stork on a Plate

When the Douglas DC-2 of KLM, PH-AJU, named ‘Uiver’, (Stork) came second in the 1934 England – Australia air race, the Dutch, understandably, went wild over the achievement. It was, by any measure an extraordinary achievement, as I detail here on the ABC website. The result of the Netherlands-wide enthusiasm was a extensive array of…

Silver Skimmer

A very accurate sterling silver model of a Saro Skeeter helicopter. Yet another area, that of military mess trophies, that could be an entire blog featuring nothing else. One of the mess silverware items owned by 4 Regiment, Army Air Corps, UK, it was shared by silverware valuer Silverlady on Twitter. A Skeeter would be…

Abstract. Abstract?

Artwork from Charles Howard, ‘Abstraction in Flight’, 1942 at the San Francisco Museum of Modern art, thanks to Associate Professor Tracy Ireland. Tracy’s used this to promote the forthcoming Heritage of the Air conference in Canberra (details) and a fine mention it is too. It’s a neat artwork, and to anyone familiar with aircraft structures…

Brassy Demoiselle

A very neat piece of silverware, with a brass aircraft, representing a Santos-Dumont Demoiselle. More later. James Kightly, Vintage Aero Writer.

Rolls Roundel to Sweep

Today’s Poster. 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…

Story of Some Sticks

Something not often seen in detail. This is the Italian Fascist symbol cut from the fuselage of an unnamed Italian Regia Aeronautica aircraft during World War Two and kept as a trophy by an RAAF airman, and previously on display at the RAAF Museum Point Cook. (Excuse the lighting hot spots in the image.) Captured…

Sparky Card

Something rather different today, our first ‘paper aeroplane’ on the blog. Here’s the cover, of the 1930s KLG Sparkplugs promotional toy, which features the Supermarine Schneider trophy racer at top right and Sir Malcolm Campbell’s Bluebird land speed record car below – justifying the claim: ‘The fastest plug in the world’. Below is the folded-out…

Leyendecker Double Take

Two versions of the same idea by Joseph Leyendecker. A follow up from his earlier Great War pair, here’s another double by American commercial artist Joseph Christian Leyendecker (1874–1951). In this ‘Aviator with two boys’ it’s two different images and two different art media takes on a single idea. Note the differences in the dog…

ANZAC Hornet & Friends

Military commemorative schemes have become relatively common, usually well done and telling a worthwhile story. Today’s is an ANZAC special. The Royal Australian Air Force Hornet above was seen at the Omaka Classic Fighters airshow near Blenheim, New Zealand this Easter weekend just gone. Provided by the Australian Defence Force for the show, it was…

Mercury – Bell

Today’s Poster art. The handsome Mercury V8 Town-Sedan of ’42 seen in 1941, providing a moment of envy for the Bell P-39 Airacobra pilots, just before the USA’s entry into World War Two. The P-39 was a popular aircraft type for propaganda, though less capable in reality when tested in combat. Anoner ‘car & aeroplane’…