See the Stampede!

Period art and design often features items that are regarded askance now. Today’s poster apparently suggests the use of an aircraft to stampede some of Africa’s more famous animals, with lions, elephants and giraffes running at speed from a swooping Fokker F.VII. I’m sure the real story was a lot less hooligan like. Entitled ‘Mittelholzer’s…

Hardy Coton Vimy

Today we have a pair of artworks on the Vickers Vimy, an aircraft type designed for the Great War, but made a name as a record setter worldwide. The first image is by the late, great aviation artist Wilf Hardy, a particular favourite painter of myself and my Aeroplane Monthly colleague Ian Bott. A  450mm…

A Transatlantic Menu

A magnificently produced menu card to commemorate Alcock and Brown’s successful non-stop flight across the Atlantic, here from a blog from the RAF Museum highlighting a fascinating range of artefacts from their archives relating to the flight. As the cover of the menu says, it’s a VIP event, with Capt J Alcock DSC, and Lt…

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…

Ocean Plug

Recently I mentioned KLG’s major effort in publicity in the inter-war period. Here’s an example on the cover of The Aeroplane magazine recording Jim Mollison’s success on 18 August 1932 when he was the first pilot to fly an East-to-West solo trans-Atlantic flight – from Portmarnock in Ireland to Pennfield, New Brunswick, Canada. Many thanks…

RENO 80

A more modern poster than usual today, here from the Reno National Championship Air Races, known as ‘the fastest motorsport’ above earth. Featuring here a set of World War Two era North American P-51 Mustangs reconfigured as racers, both in the eighties and now, stalwarts of that race scene. The vibrant red and yellow colour…

Sleek Caudron & Renault

When forced to support an aircraft maker, your car manufacturer has every justification in advertising their car in association – including using the pilot of both, here Raymond Delmotte. The Caudron C.461 is seen here with the Renault cabriolet, and both shows the fashions of extreme streamlining are as much fashion as they are pure…

Best of British

Holding records was a matter of pride in the inter war period, while today the human element and the understanding of how hard that extra reach is to do has gone. To hold four records at once was a greater achievement, even with the resources of one of the world’s leading industrial nations deployed. Here…

Doncaster – 1909

Today’s Poster. there’s often a charming naievete in pre Great War aviation images. On the one hand there was often a confusion about how aircraft worked, and what was possible in the air, while on the other hand the artists hadn’t subscribed to the condification of how aviation was represented; as here, drawing the propeller…

King’s Cup – Three Tones

A nice poster, with only three ink tones, I suspect, blue, black and orange. The block colour on the aircraft also works well, I think, and the choice to leave the propeller on the edge and invisible also facilitates the image’s success. While the aircraft depicted in the poster has a de Havilland tail, the…