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,…

Magazine Fuel

Today, two covers from the Air BP trade journal, thanks to my artist colleague Ian Bott, who said in 2016: “Picked these up at Duxford yesterday: beautifully-designed, inventive and effortlessly-cool BP in-house trade magazines from, I assume, the 1960s. Those must have been the days for a graphic designer.” As well as the straight ‘art’…

Flight Deck!

Today a toy that will bring back memories for the seventies Airfix generation. It was issued in two forms; the original blue Royal Navy McDonnell Douglas Phantom and a later yellow version, much simplified overall. Here, above is the simpler version. The exciting box contained the bits to enable you to launch a Phantom jet…

Skeletal Metal Dragon

Here’s a neat memorial. Photographed against a lovely sky, it’s evidently a skeletal metal sculpture of a de Havilland DH.89 Dragon Rapide. In fact it’s representing the visually identical de Havilland DH.89B Dominie, the Royal Air Force’s radio trainer, or radio ‘flying classroom’, and made for and erected at the former RAF Madley airfield, Herefordshire,…

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…

Acklam Air Display

Today’s 1933 poster is from the inter-war National Aviation Day Displays ‘Air Circus’ of Sir Alan Cobham, which ran from 1932-35. A simple, dynamic poster with space for a changing, local overprint across the bottom. The biplanes aren’t any real type, but the artist has got them ‘swooshing’ most satisfactorily. For many in the local…

Photoshop Hunter

Today’s image has a sort of haunting water world quality, which was the first reason for its inclusion, thanks to Twitter’s @Archillect (via @Airminded) posting it. Despite a fair bit of searching, I’ve not found the origin of the image, though it relates to this blog thirtyfivemill.com, where the image has been posted here and…

Moth Alight

A 1933 cartoon from Punch by Leslie Illingworth. The text reads: ‘Man with a particular grievance. “Oh, it’s only you, is it? I thought it was one of those confounded motor-cycles kicking up a row again.”‘ I should, at this point say that if you don’t find this funny, it’s not your fault – earlier…

The Case of the Generic Airliner

Today, rather than the perennial posters, here’s a nice souvenir, via Twitter contact Rob Feeley, of a metal cigarette case with an embossed Blackpool tower on it. But what catches our interest is the airliner passing the tower on the right. Now, while Blackpool has had a significant history of pleasure flying aircraft around the…