Eastchurch Aviation Shrine

Creating representations of aircraft in stone is very difficult to do effectively, something about the lightness of early aviation and the sharp edges of most aircraft often does not translate well to stone. The Memorial to ‘The Home of Aviation’, at Eastchurch, Kent, UK, is a fascinating effort. Image: Eastchurch aviation memorial. Copyright Historic England…

Stuka! One – Shiny

  Here’s something you don’t see every day. A full size model (FSM) replica of the iconic German Blitzkrieg too the Junkers Ju 87 Stuka dive bomber. Here in the sculpture garden of Burghley House, in the UK. As reported recently in Militaria & History, it ‘is called Down Two Earth and is an 11m…

Outstanding Field Fort

Something a bit different today – a 350 metre wide Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress silhouette  into a British field. Unfortunately the image is currently making the online rounds, but with the credit and with details removed and attributed to ‘two’ unnamed ‘farmers’. The correct details date to 2015, and are the work of two artists…

Special Wings

Something a bit different today, and (yet) another area that could furnish enough interesting examples of the topic to be a blog all of its own. Lapel pins. Here we have Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC) lapel pins. Interestingly, they feature three types of such pin, the stick pin, here featuring the CAC Wirraway aircraft’s name,…

Missing Fabric Man

You never know where the next one will come from*. Today it’s a recreated modern version of an historical quilt, both in an excellent little book by Bill Volckening called ‘Modern Roots – Today’s Quilts from Yesterday’s Inspiration’. Available from your quality bookseller, in our local case that would be Can Do Books, Melbourne, though…

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…

Around the Roundel

The French roundel, mainly seen on aircraft of the Armee de l’Air is here used to great effect as part of an aircraft display at the Musee de l’Air, et de l’espace, le Bourget, Paris. A combined image from several photographs taken by the author in the eighties. James Kightly, Vintage Aero Writer.

Venetian Aviator Memorial

Fame transitions. To many Italians, ‘Pierluigi Penzo’ is a Venetian sports stadium, in the same way for tennis fans, ‘Roland Garros’ is a tennis tournament, not a 1900s aviator. But aeronaut Pier Luigi Penzo (born, Venice 5 May 1896, died 29 September 1928) is also remembered by this beautiful memorial in one of Venice’s treasured…