Hardy Coton Vimy

Today we have a pair of artworks on the Vickers Vimy, an aircraft type designed for the Great War, but made a name as a record setter worldwide. The first image is by the late, great aviation artist Wilf Hardy, a particular favourite painter of myself and my Aeroplane Monthly colleague Ian Bott. A  450mm…

10me Salon

Today’s Poster. R de Valerie, I think is the artist, and advertising the 10me Salon de Aviation at the Grand Palais, Paris, France, in December 1926. Despite the soaring aircraft, it was a static, trade show. But what lovely colours. James Kightly, Vintage Aero Writer. Author’s collection.

But wait! Balloon Races!

Today’s Poster. A classic interwar post art deco design in 1933, featuring an eagle, Gee Bee and allied racers – and a balloon race! Well there y’go.   James Kightly, Vintage Aero Writer. From the Smithsonian’s online catalogue here. Sponsor: Chicago Daily News, Other: National Aeronautic Association. Medium: Poster, Advertising, Air Shows and Races. Dimensions:…

Ibero-Americana

You might think the combination of historic sailing ships and aircraft (as seen in the recent KLM ‘Flying Dutchman’ post) would be unusual, but today’s poster follows the theme, albeit is from Spain, and for an event, rather than an airline. It’s the 1928 Real Aero Club of Andalucia’s poster for ‘Il Salon de Aeronautica…

Biggin Mug

Today’s art is a graphic text design – on a mug. Through the late eighties airshows I collected a mug a show, as far as I could. Some were specific to the even, or as here to the event and its year. Artistically this Biggin Hill Airshow mug isn’t anything particularly notable, except that such…

Zurich Meet

Today’s Poster. Everybody’s flying the same kind of aircraft? While a simple looking design, note the  different colour mixes on the prop blade roots on each of the nearest three aircraft. Hope it was a good meet! From the excellent 1925 to 1935 blog of images here. Image details: 1937 – J.C. Müller, Zürich 90…

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…

Doolittle Departed

Today’s Poster is in acknowledgement of the death of the the last of the airmen who flew with (then) Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy Doolittle on the ‘Doolittle Raid’ on Tokyo, Japan, in 1942. The poster, a very simple design featuring a photo of James Doolittle and a simple exhortative text is most interesting in what it…

Credible Comet?

These ‘trench art’ ashtrays are relatively common in junk shops and antique shops. This is to a degree because most of them are modern made, and vary enormously between the very convincing, and the dubious rubbish. This represents the pre-war de Havilland DH 88 Comet racer, reasonably convincingly though the casting as usual lacks credibility…

Austering

It’s going to be an Auster anniversary this weekend at the Antique Aeroplane Association of Australia’s annual fly in at Echuca, Vic. So here’s a couple of advertisements for this military type’s transition to civil hands. The Auster J/5 Aiglet Trainer was a civil trainer development of the design, and in the advert above, has…