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’…

Outstanding Field Fort

Something a bit different today – a 350 metre wide Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress silhouette  into a British field. Unfortunately the image is currently making the online rounds, but with the credit and with details removed and attributed to ‘two’ unnamed ‘farmers’. The correct details date to 2015, and are the work of two artists…

Messerschmitt Hands

Today a photograph, very much in the tradition of atmospheric art photos of the thirties. This is of the leading edge slat on a Messerschmitt Bf 109, or ‘‘Zwei Hände eines Arbeiters beim Arbeiten am Flügel eines Flugzeugs Messerschmitt Me 109.’ From 1940, the photographer is only listed as ‘Höss’, but the Bundesarchive search under…