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…

Attack Kiwi

Something widely known in military aviation is the concept of tagging other forces’ aircraft with stickers, markings, paint or ‘zaps’ without permission, either to score points or for broad military humour. Though often crudely applied, sometimes they can be very well done, as here. The Avro Vulcan was only ever operated by the British Royal…

Stop Worrying

Today’s Poster. In memory of artist and satirist Tomi Ungerer, who died yesterday, the 9 February 2019. The film ‘Dr Strangelove’ is way too complex to tackle here, but here is the poster, by Ungerer. Although it’s not his strongest work in my opinion, and highlights some of the less critical elements that made the…

Spitfire Racers – Pastiche

Today’s Poster. Almost believable, this poster is in fact a pastiche period design, in part intended to showcase Decade Type Foundry’s Reckless typeface. The process is explained in this tutorial here. It’s fascinating to see the effort gone to for ageing, or for an accurate period map of London – while on the other hand…

Big Kid Ride

Today’s art is very different. A fairground ride spotted at the Tivoli fair in Copenhagen, Denmark, which featured a range of neat biplanes. But not just any old biplanes… A great deal of effort had been taken to give them real schemes; here as Curtiss P-6 Hawk of the 17th Pursuit Squadron of the US…

Multi-National Smiths

I don’t think I’ve seen a better illustration of the intent and concept of the 24 hour bomber campaign by the British, Commonwealth and Free European nations night campaign led by the Royal Air Force’s Bomber Command, and the increasingly effective day campaign of the United States Army Air Force against Nazi Germany, here from…

Roundel Eyes on the Prize

One of the most famous UK advertising campaigns ever. One of a series of posters, this one features a typical British fighter, something akin to a Spitfire or Hurricane, but here notable in that the roundels have been neatly transformed into eyes, fixed on the advertising subject Guinness. Originally John Gilroy’s art featured a self-portrait…

Great G-8

An action packed cover from the American pulp magazine G-8 and his Battle Aces. I honestly doubt the contents can live up to the promise of the picture! James Kightly, Vintage Aero Writer. Image found low-res on the internet.