Bam – Break

Today’s poster is one of an important genre, the war pilot instructional type. A German Messerschmitt Bf 109 pilot attacking a well advised American Republic P-47 Thunderbolt. Clear, blunt advice, including a pixie on a cloud. Memorable? They certainly hoped so. James Kightly, Vintage Aero Writer. Internet find.

Strap in Boys

Today’s Poster. Sex can be used to save, and here getting the aircrew’s attention with a dame’s strap is obviously meant to make them think twice about taking their straps seriously too. In the modern era, it’s generally good that we take for granted the use of safety harnesses, in a way that wasn’t so…

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…

39 Model

Today’s Poster, a ‘special’ version from the 1939 New York World’s Fair. You may be surprised… It’s from a rather well known and popular film in the aviation niche, ‘The Rocketeer’. It makes a kind of sense from the film, but you really need to see the film to get it – go on, it’s…

Top Pun?

A billboard today, with a reference to a rather-well-known aviation film. Taking a steampunk aesthetic (top hats in steampunk, not so much in aviation) for the ‘we’re cool’ that massive companies use in response to the boutique smaller makers. I’m not sure what the pipes under the wings are meant to be, but the first…

Tidy Bombing

An Argentine cartoon from ‘Quino’; or Joaquín Salvador Lavado Tejón. It’s a great visual gag, worked through in detail. The aircraft connection? The picture on the wall is, of course ‘Guernica’, by Pablo Picasso, the searing indictment of Fascist bombing, by Italian and German aircraft of civilians in the Spanish Civil War. The painting, of…

Cheerful Plane Postie

Today’s Poster, from Britain’s General Post Office (GPO). ‘Send Your Overseas Parcels By Air Mail’. So much going on with this artwork, but the basic design, by Harry Stevens, works very well with the postman figurine shaped like an aeroplane. Simple, Memorable. James Kightly, Vintage Aero Writer. Image source: Here, details: original poster PRD 797…

Onkel Zepp

Today’s Poster. A great cartoon portrait of a man who essentially gave his name to the class of aircraft, the rigid airship: Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin. Here it’s a poster for the ‘Internationale Luftschiffahrt Ausstellung’ (International Airship Exhibition) at Frankfurt am Main in 1909, when the military use of airships was a threat of the…

Kitty & The Boxing Roo

Following the Royal Canadian Air Force’s ice Avro Arrow, and the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s ‘stolen’ Avro Vulcan posts (here and here), a suggestion by Errol Cavit on Twitter here, has got me to search out our first piece of aircraft nose art, a Royal Australian Air Force Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawk in North Africa,…

Ice Arrow

Not one I saw coming but right on theme. At Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, in this year’s current Winterlude festival, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) have presented this photo (by Aviator Jérôme Lessard) of a remarkable sculpture of the Canadian-designed, cancelled interceptor the Avro Arrow. Remarkable work. James Kightly, Vintage Aero Writer. Via the RCAF…