Inside the Eagle

Inspired by a discussion on Twitter, here’s a selection of aircraft cutaway artwork, mainly from the British children’s magazine ‘Eagle’ most famous for the cartoon strip ‘Dan Dare’. [It was the era of the straight leading edge Avro Vulcan B1, and the carrier HMS Eagle.] Dare aside, the other highlight for most in the magazine…

Service on Air

Today’s Poster.A classic from Fougasse, for Imperial Airways of his lightfooted airline steward. Fougasse was the pen name of Cyril Kenneth Bird, CBE. Not only is the poster a classic design with Bird’s light, sure penmanship, but it is, apparently in recent use as part of British Airway’s menus. James Kightly, Vintage Aero Writer. Image…

Pan-Concorde-Am

Today we have a couple of monochrome artworks of a ‘retro future’ – two proposals that never came to pass.   Posted by Geoff Hall on the Facebook BOAC page here. Geoff adds: “These pics were in a Bristol Evening Post supplement celebrating the flight of Concorde March 69. The Pan Am one is particularly…

Posters Everywhere

Today’s Posters surprised me! Doing a project like this can start one seeing the subject pop up in all kinds of places, in a ‘seeing patterns’ kind of way, but this just leapt off the screen at me. It’s perhaps worrying that I’m so current in the topic that can point to the origin of…

Gentleman’s Concorde

Commemorating 50 years since the first flight of Concorde again (first on Vintage Aero Writer here) let’s take a look at a now iconic stamp design by David Gentleman, a remarkable artist in Britain, in any measure, and in many arts. Today the pre-decimal ‘1/6’ value in the corner looks like it belongs to a…

BOAC’s ‘Back’

An airliner in an airline scheme. But not what it seems. Just rolled out is this Boeing 747 of British Airways in the scheme of its predecessor company, the British Overseas Airways Company, BOAC. One of four Jumbos to be painted in the now popular ‘retro’ schemes, this is a newer model of the same…