White Star – Red Stars

Today’s Poster is another on the Soviet aviation’s soaring air forces theme, as seen earlier here. Entitled ‘Glory to the Soviet Aviators!’ by a B. Reshetnikov, it’s a remarkable array of then current (1973) Soviet aircraft, stretching back to even before the revolution of 1917, with the lowest left aircraft being one of the pre-Great…

Ready, Aye, Ready

Today’s Poster. “The Men are ready … Only YOU can give them wings” Canada, 1940s, artist unknown. James Kightly, Vintage Aero Writer. Image from Antikbar, via Reddit, here.

Soviet Glory

Today’s Poster by V. Solovyov, ‘Glory to Soviet Aviation!’ is the title in English. Ranks of Soviet bombers (top Myasishchev M-4 ‘Bisons’, with, possibly the Ilyushin Il-30 or Ilyushin Il-54 in the middle – neither type going beyond prototypes) with escorting Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG 15 or 17 fighters soaring to the heavens, you can almost hear…

Bomber Blackened Sky

A remarkable print today, thanks to regular correspondent Gregory Alegi. A very evocative, dark (literally and figuratively) image of Caproni Ca.3 trimotor bombers approaching an industrial centre. So dense are they they’ve achieved the cliche of ‘turning the sky black’. Initially, due to the use of the black block I thought it was a woodcut,…

Canada Air

Two posters for Canada day today, centred on Canada’s contribution to World War Two’s air war – in men and machines. Above is an aircrew group being briefed ready to board their Douglas Boston medium bomber. The point, of course, is to demonstrate there are more flying jobs in the air force than the pilot….

Paper Tigers

Today’s Poster is often listed online as ‘Defend Singapore’. It’s apparently a British Empire issued poster, with Chinese text (and no English in the main message).  According to the details on the bottom margin, it was designed and printed in Singapore. In the 1930s, Singapore, a British possession, part of the Straits Settlement, had a…

3,000 km Across the Atlantic

Today’s Poster. Commemorating Italo Balbo’s 1930 flight of twelve Savoia-Marchetti S.55 flying boats from Orbetello Airfield, Italy to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil between 17 December 1930 and 15 January 1931. The poster is listed as from 1931 – I.G.A.P. Roma, 98 cm x 140 cm, artist : Umberto Di Lazzaro. This is where the term…


Two similar themed nightmarish civil defence warning posters issued by German authorities. The first has a skeleton riding a British Bristol Blenheim, while the lower one a very approximate American-starred four-engined bomber above a bomb-spitting skeleton. Turn those lights out! James Kightly, Vintage Aero Writer.

Bristols in Cloud

A full page advertisement in Flight, today, from mid war – 1942. A neat graphic to show Bristol’s aircraft (here an approximate plan view of a Beaufort or Blenheim) on a repeat cloud pattern. An excellent, unusual design concept. James Kightly, Vintage Aero Writer. Source Flight Global archive.


Today we have a couple of monochrome artworks of a ‘retro future’ – two proposals that never came to pass.   Posted by Geoff Hall on the Facebook BOAC page here. Geoff adds: “These pics were in a Bristol Evening Post supplement celebrating the flight of Concorde March 69. The Pan Am one is particularly…