Dare to Rare

Today we dive right into the pulp. Sticking strictly to the ‘Dare-Devil Aces’ magazine of the inter to World War Two period, we still have more than enough awesome to play with. Starting with the Japanese ATTACK on New York, being defended by the US Navy (fair enough) but also a handsome assist by the…

AI – A?

Fifty years ago on the 15th September, 1969, the ‘Battle of Britain’ film was released. A painstaking effort at telling the story of the 1940 Battle, as well as an all-star cast, a huge fleet of aircraft was assembled for the real aerial cinematography. Though the film was not a success at the box office,…

Wemendum

Today’s posters follow yesterday’s poster about building the aircraft – here it’s about missing parts. Delays in manufacture were a major issue during the Second World War, and while a huge number of aircraft (among other weapons and equipment) were recycled, there were delays and issues there too. So here we have two Allied powers…

Splitting the Bomber

Today’s Poster. It’s a classic example of what’s known as an ‘exploded diagram’ where all the parts are arrayed at a small distance as though caught in a frozen moment of explosion. Ironic here, as the aircraft in question is a bomber, the Boeing B-29 Superfortress. This is from the Smithonian’s collection, entitled ‘You help…

Hell Dogs Over England

In the current (September 2019) issue of Aeroplane Monthly, here, artist Ian Bott and I have out latest ‘Briefing File’ feature on the defences against the V-1 bomb in 1944. While researching the history, it became evident that the comfort of hindsight has stripped away the fact that at the time, no-one really knew what…

Don’t Eat a Bomb

Today’s Poster pair are foodstuffs as bombs. On the face of it, a strange juxtaposition, but these two takes feature opposite views, but both are about thrift. Avoiding waste, and recycling into munitions. The bayonet as a breadknife is a particular touch. Translated, reads ‘Expensive Bread – The Politics of War’, by the the Communist…

Frights in Finland

Today’s posters from Finland are rather eerie civil defence ones from World War Two. In Suomi, it reads: “Ilmasta uhkaa vaara! Kaikki kansalaiset väestönsuojelutyöhön!” or “Danger Threatens from the sky! Take Air Raid Precautions”. The figure is obviously intended to seem protective, sheltering a blue clad family from the bomber aircraft that looks somewhat like…

Soviet Glory

Today’s Poster by V. Solovyov, ‘Glory to Soviet Aviation!’ is the title in English. Ranks of Soviet bombers (top Myasishchev M-4 ‘Bisons’, with, possibly the Ilyushin Il-30 or Ilyushin Il-54 in the middle – neither type going beyond prototypes) with escorting Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG 15 or 17 fighters soaring to the heavens, you can almost hear…

Bomber Blackened Sky

A remarkable print today, thanks to regular correspondent Gregory Alegi. A very evocative, dark (literally and figuratively) image of Caproni Ca.3 trimotor bombers approaching an industrial centre. So dense are they they’ve achieved the cliche of ‘turning the sky black’. Initially, due to the use of the black block I thought it was a woodcut,…

Posters of Interesting Times

Today’s Posters are a set of Chinese aviation instructional posters, an to western eyes, a very different mix of style, content and approach to anything we’ve seen here before. This one below of ‘Active Air Defences’, with the Smithsonian’s source detail here. Is it meant as a ‘how to behave?’, or ‘how you are being…