CAP & Helmet

Today’s Poster is for America’s Civil Air Patrol or ‘CAP‘. The artist, presumably the ‘Kenney’ from ‘Squadron 511-3’ has chosen the visual cliche of the leather helmeted and goggled aviator’s head, which became a cliche due to its utility as a stand in for ‘aviator’ as we’ve seen before. As the Wiki page linked above…

Boat, Anchor 2

Today’s Poster, another post World War Two example from the French Aeronautique Navale following yesterday’s post. Here you can see how a different artist or designer can take what is evidently the same brief and develop a distinctly different design, again to use the naval aviation hardware as a recruitment tool. James Kightly, Vintage Aero…

Boat, Anchor

Today’s Poster, a post World War Two example from the French Aeronautique Navale. As well as one of the inimitable French flying boats (here a BrĂ©guet 731) an indistinct aircraft carrier and other aircraft, we have the classic ‘fouled anchor’ over the roundel of French naval aviation. Tomorrow, another poster from the same era, with…

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…

Not Defiant

Today’s Poster is for the very-B movie Ronald Reagan Hollywood British bandwagon, from the film ‘International Squadron’. The poster features a squadron of British fighters – Boulton Paul Defiants, and streight lifted from the famous (I think) ‘Life’ magazine shots of 264 Squadron when they were at Kirton in Lindsay, as seen below. Some of…

Boston Ditch

We’re all familiar with the aircraft safety card, with their carefully crafted version of what may happen – and what you should do – in a ditching where the aircraft has to land on water. Today’s poster is an earlier incarnation, from a military aircraft that was far more likely for the crew to need…

RAAF Roundel – Red Gone

In recognition of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) History & Heritage Symposium this week, let’s take a look at two aspects of the RAAF roundel. Originally the RAAF’s roundel design was based on the British Royal Air Force’s, itself a derivative of the French air arm’s roundel, featuring red white and blue. The red…

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…

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…

Back To The Old Drawing Board

It’s exactly the middle of the year, so today we have one of the items that inspired the idea for the blog.There’s several stories, so settle in… “Well, Back To The Old Drawing Board” by Peter Arno, first published in the March 1, 1941 issue of New Yorker magazine. It’s a remarkable cartoon, and seems…