Rising Wind

Today a still from Hano Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises film. Loosely based on the biography of the designer of the Mitsubishi ‘Zero’ fighter, it’s an aeronautical design fest, even if very free with real history and some design. Other aspects are bang on, and some, such as the Caproni dream relationship feature often forgotten aircraft…

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…

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…

Bond, Nellie & Bond

Today’s Bond Poster. There’s nothing quite as cool Sean Connery flying the aircraft with his toes, just being very cool while everything explodes around him! From the film ‘You Only Live Twice’, this poster is the artwork by the exemplary action poster painter Frank McCarthy. You can own your own version at £2,250 – here,…

Airspeed Air-Rail Service

Here’s an unusual one thanks to the extensive archives of the Smithsonian Collection. Listed in their catalogue as ‘Beginning of Air Rail Service’, the poster features a crossed aircraft and locomotive, though it’s interesting that the aircraft is much more clearly depicted with more detail. It’s an Airspeed Envoy, the type that preceded the Airspeed…