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Aeroplane Collection

From the cockpit of an Airbus A330 to the sleek design of a Bentley car, the world of aeroplanes encompasses both innovation and elegance

Background imageAeroplane Collection: AI IMAGE - Spitfire aircraft flying over the White Cliffs of Dover, 1940s, (2023)

AI IMAGE - Spitfire aircraft flying over the White Cliffs of Dover, 1940s, (2023). Creator: Heritage Images
AI IMAGE - Spitfire aircraft flying over the White Cliffs of Dover, 1940s, (2023). British single-seat fighter aircraft used by the Royal Air Force and other Allied countries before, during

Background imageAeroplane Collection: Aeropostale. La Cote Basque, ca 1928-1930. Creator: Anonymous

Aeropostale. La Cote Basque, ca 1928-1930. Creator: Anonymous
Aeropostale. La Cote Basque, ca 1928-1930. Private Collection

Background imageAeroplane Collection: Aerofilms plane in flight AFL03_aerofilms_c325

Aerofilms plane in flight AFL03_aerofilms_c325
AEROFILMS PLANE. Commercial aerial photography by biplane was pioneered by Aerofilms from 1919. Here seen in air photoghraphic action is a DeHaviland DH50 in Aerofilms livery

Background imageAeroplane Collection: Aircraft Pan-Am Boeing 707 March 1965 Ground crew at Heathrow Airport de-ice

Aircraft Pan-Am Boeing 707 March 1965 Ground crew at Heathrow Airport de-ice the tail of a Pan Am Boeing 707 during a blizard LFEY003 Flight100

Background imageAeroplane Collection: Advert for Pratts Ethyl Petrol, c1928

Advert for Pratts Ethyl Petrol, c1928

Background imageAeroplane Collection: Airbus A330 cockpit

Airbus A330 cockpit
Cockpit of an Airbus A330 airliner. The A330 is a twin-engine, widebody airliner typically flown over long-haul routes with a capacity of 253-295 in three-class layout

Background imageAeroplane Collection: Shackleton over the Strand RAF_228_190E_0048

Shackleton over the Strand RAF_228_190E_0048
An aerial view looking down on an Avro Shackleton Mark II bomber in flight over the Strand as part of a fly-by celebrating Queen Elizabeth IIs birthday. RAF photography 1956

Background imageAeroplane Collection: An Aerial Cricket Match of the Future, c1918 (1919). Artist: W Heath Robinson

An Aerial Cricket Match of the Future, c1918 (1919). Artist: W Heath Robinson
An Aerial Cricket Match of the Future, c1918 (1919). From The Wonder Book of Aircraft for Boys and Girls, edited by Harry Golding. [Ward. Lock & Co. Limited, London, Melbourne and Toronto, 1919]

Background imageAeroplane Collection: Bentley car and aircraft propellers a087923

Bentley car and aircraft propellers a087923
HEATHROW AIRPORT, B E A Aircraft Hangar, London. A Bentley car parked on the runway in front of the British European Airways buildings at Heathrow Airport with the propellers of an aircraft visible

Background imageAeroplane Collection: Airbus A380 in flight C017 / 7889

Airbus A380 in flight C017 / 7889
Airbus A380 in flight. The A380 is the worlds largest passenger airliner and, due to its size, many airports have had to expand their facilities to properly accommodate it

Background imageAeroplane Collection: Jaguar aircraft DP035691

Jaguar aircraft DP035691
RAF COLTISHALL, Scottow, Norfolk. November 30th, 2006 - Silhouetted against a winter sun, Jaguar aircraft, which were based at RAF Coltishall for over 30 years

Background imageAeroplane Collection: Howard Hughes, US aviation pioneer

Howard Hughes, US aviation pioneer
Howard Hughes (1905-1976), American aviation pioneer. Hughes was 16 when his mother died. When his father died unexpectedly two years later

Background imageAeroplane Collection: Runway Perspective, 1941, (1944). Creator: Eric Ravilious

Runway Perspective, 1941, (1944). Creator: Eric Ravilious
Runway Perspective, 1941, (1944). RAF Spitfires at a British airfield during the Second World War. Painting in the Imperial War Museum, London. From " Britain In The Air", by Nigel Tangye

Background imageAeroplane Collection: Bowman Field, Municipal Airport, 1942. Artist: Caufield & Shook

Bowman Field, Municipal Airport, 1942. Artist: Caufield & Shook
Bowman Field, Municipal Airport, 1942. From Souvenir of Louisville Ky.. [Curt Teich & Co. Inc. Chicago, 1942]

Background imageAeroplane Collection: Farnborough Air Show, 1952 EAW046639

Farnborough Air Show, 1952 EAW046639
Various aircraft on display in the Static Park for the Farnborough Air Show, 5th September 1952. Farnborough, Hampshire

Background imageAeroplane Collection: Aeroplane with kayaks

Aeroplane with kayaks
Photographer: Stephenson, Alfred (1908-1999). Expedition: British Arctic Air Route Expedition 1930-31. Leader: Henry George (Gino) Watkins. Date: 1930

Background imageAeroplane Collection: Lancaster Bomber with 2 Spitfire Fighter planes, 2011 Goodwood revival

Lancaster Bomber with 2 Spitfire Fighter planes, 2011 Goodwood revival
Lancaster Bomber with Spitfire fighter aircraft during Aerial display at Goodwood 2011

Background imageAeroplane Collection: Lancaster Bomber with 2 Spitfire Fighter planes, 2011 Goodwood revival

Lancaster Bomber with 2 Spitfire Fighter planes, 2011 Goodwood revival
Lancaster Bomber with Spitfire fighter aircraft

Background imageAeroplane Collection: Concorde in the 1970s in British Airways livery, Heathrow, London, England

Concorde in the 1970s in British Airways livery, Heathrow, London, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageAeroplane Collection: The Westland Lysander, 1941. Creator: Unknown

The Westland Lysander, 1941. Creator: Unknown
The Westland Lysander, 1941. British army liaison aircraft made by Westland Aircraft, used before and during the Second World War

Background imageAeroplane Collection: View of London, 1926-1927. Artist: Captain Alfred G Buckham

View of London, 1926-1927. Artist: Captain Alfred G Buckham
View of London, 1926-1927. A biplane flies over the River Thames. Illustration from Wonderful London, volume I, edited by Arthur St John Adcock, published by Amalgamated Press (London, 1926-1927)

Background imageAeroplane Collection: Moth aeroplane - Angmagssalik

Moth aeroplane - Angmagssalik
Photographer: Cozens, Henry Iliffe (1904-1995). Expedition: British Arctic Air Route Expedition 1930-31. Leader: Henry George (Gino) Watkins. Date: 1930

Background imageAeroplane Collection: Towing moth with outboard motor

Towing moth with outboard motor
Photographer: Cozens, Henry Iliffe (1904-1995). Expedition: British Arctic Air Route Expedition 1930-31. Leader: Henry George (Gino) Watkins. Date: 1930

Background imageAeroplane Collection: Beach at Maho Bay and low flying aircraft approaching the runway of Princess Juliana International

Beach at Maho Bay and low flying aircraft approaching the runway of Princess Juliana International airport, St. Martin (St. Maarten), Leeward Islands, West Indies, Caribbean, Central America

Background imageAeroplane Collection: Pilots on flight deck of Jumbo Boeing 747 of Air New Zealand with sunrise ahead

Pilots on flight deck of Jumbo Boeing 747 of Air New Zealand with sunrise ahead

Background imageAeroplane Collection: Aerial photography 1919 AFL03_aerofilms_c12930

Aerial photography 1919 AFL03_aerofilms_c12930
" Wills, Shaw and Friese-Greene Ready to Film". A publicity shot for the foundation of the Aerofilms aerial photography company taken at the London Aerodrome, Hendon

Background imageAeroplane Collection: Virgin Atlantic 747 aeroplane at Heathrow, London, England

Virgin Atlantic 747 aeroplane at Heathrow, London, England

Background imageAeroplane Collection: Supersonic shock waves, Schlieren image

Supersonic shock waves, Schlieren image
Supersonic shock waves. Schlieren image showing the shock wave created by a supersonic jet flying in front of the Sun. Schlieren imaging is a method used to visualise density variations in

Background imageAeroplane Collection: Aeroplane on ice - fitted with skis - Base

Aeroplane on ice - fitted with skis - Base
Photographer: Cozens, Henry Iliffe (1904-1995). Expedition: British Arctic Air Route Expedition 1930-31. Leader: Henry George (Gino) Watkins. Date: 1930

Background imageAeroplane Collection: Mitsubishi A6M Zero aircraft, World War 2 C016 / 3818

Mitsubishi A6M Zero aircraft, World War 2 C016 / 3818
Mitsubishi A6M2 (Zero). US Air Force photograph of a test flight of a captured Japanese Mitsubishi A6M2 (Zero). This aircraft was being refined

Background imageAeroplane Collection: Sky writing - Happy Birthday - written in the clouds - with Butterflies

Sky writing - Happy Birthday - written in the clouds - with Butterflies. Digital Manipulation: all created
A-016-m Sky writing - Happy Birthday - written in the clouds - with Butterflies Digital Manipulated image Ardea London contact details: prints@ardea.com tel: +44 (0) 20 8318 1401

Background imageAeroplane Collection: Aircraft sonic boom cloud

Aircraft sonic boom cloud
Sonic boom aircraft. Cloud forming behind an aircraft as it breaks the sound barrier. As the aircraft moves through the air, an area of low pressure forms behind it

Background imageAeroplane Collection: Boeing 747-8 flight deck

Boeing 747-8 flight deck. Most flight information is displayed on screens instead of separate mechanical instruments in this glass cockpit. Photographed at the 2011 Paris Air Show

Background imageAeroplane Collection: Heston Aerodrome c. 1930s AFL03_aerofilms_c19981

Heston Aerodrome c. 1930s AFL03_aerofilms_c19981
Heston Aerodrome, Hounslow, Middlesex. The control tower (centre) may have been the first purpose-built example and became the model for this class of building

Background imageAeroplane Collection: Douglas DC-3 AFL03_aerofilms_b1222

Douglas DC-3 AFL03_aerofilms_b1222
Douglas DC-3 airliner. Advertising image prepared by Aerofilms for a client showing rays of sunshine from behind a cloud.The DC-3 entered civilian service with American Airlines in 1936

Background imageAeroplane Collection: Biplane flight AFL03_aerofilms_c169

Biplane flight AFL03_aerofilms_c169
De Havilland DH9s flying in formation. From a copy negative made in 1923. Designed in 1916 by Airco, it first saw action with the Royal Flying Corps over the Western Front in 1917

Background imageAeroplane Collection: Austin van and aircraft propellers a087965

Austin van and aircraft propellers a087965
HEATHROW AIRPORT, B E A Aircraft Hangar, London. A view of an Austin van parked on the apron outside the British European Airways aircraft hangar at Heathrow Airport with the propellers of an

Background imageAeroplane Collection: 601 Squadron EPW035616

601 Squadron EPW035616
601 SQUADRON. Practice for an RAF display in June 1931. These aircraft are Westland Wapiti Mk.IIA bombers (in service 1928-1942)

Background imageAeroplane Collection: A Balloon View of London (viewed from North) (engraving)

A Balloon View of London (viewed from North) (engraving)
609814 A Balloon View of London (viewed from North) (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: A Balloon View of London (viewed from North)

Background imageAeroplane Collection: Tall city buildings and a plane flying overhead

Tall city buildings and a plane flying overhead, Black and White tone

Background imageAeroplane Collection: Lukla Airport and Runway, Solu Khumbu Region, Nepal, Himalayas, Asia

Lukla Airport and Runway, Solu Khumbu Region, Nepal, Himalayas, Asia

Background imageAeroplane Collection: Westland Wessex G-aGW plane, c1940

Westland Wessex G-aGW plane, c1940
A three engined monoplane supplied by Imperial Airways for the Great Western Railway Air Service routes

Background imageAeroplane Collection: Westland Wessex plane G-aGW at Haldon Aerodrome, 1933

Westland Wessex plane G-aGW at Haldon Aerodrome, 1933
A three engined monoplane supplied by Imperial Airways for the Great Western Railway Air Service routes

Background imageAeroplane Collection: Westland Wessex Plane - G-aGW, c1933

Westland Wessex Plane - G-aGW, c1933
A three engined monoplane supplied by Imperial Airways for the Great Western Railway Air Service routes

Background imageAeroplane Collection: De Havilland 89 Dragon Rapide - City of Birmingham, c1935

De Havilland 89 Dragon Rapide - City of Birmingham, c1935
Part of the Railway Air Service fleet

Background imageAeroplane Collection: Reading, UK

Reading, UK, aerial photograph

Background imageAeroplane Collection: Aeroplane landing at sunset

Aeroplane landing at sunset. Boeing 747 landing at sunset at Vancouver International Airport, British Columbia, Canada. The landing gear is down and the angled wing tips are clearly seen

Background imageAeroplane Collection: Boeing 787 Dreamliner at Farnborough

Boeing 787 Dreamliner at Farnborough International Airshow. Note distinctive swept back wing shape




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From the cockpit of an Airbus A330 to the sleek design of a Bentley car, the world of aeroplanes encompasses both innovation and elegance. With aircraft propellers spinning like artwork, such as the Jaguar aircraft DP035691, it's no wonder that aviation has captured our imaginations for decades. One cannot mention aviation without acknowledging Howard Hughes, a true pioneer in US aviation history. His contributions have shaped the industry we know today. And speaking of pioneers, who can forget about Shackleton over the Strand RAF_228_190E_0048? Their daring feats remind us of the courage it takes to conquer new heights. The Lancaster Bomber accompanied by two Spitfire Fighter planes at the 2011 Goodwood revival showcases not only power but also teamwork in flight, and is a testament to how collaboration can lead to extraordinary achievements. And then there's Concorde – a symbol of speed and luxury that graced British Airways livery at Heathrow Airport in London during its heyday in the 1970s. Its iconic silhouette still captures hearts worldwide. Let's not overlook historical gems like The Westland Lysander from 1941 or aerial photography from 1919 AFL03_aerofilms_c12930. These snapshots transport us back in time and allow us to appreciate how far we've come in terms of technology and exploration. For those seeking adventure combined with breathtaking views, Maho Bay offers an unforgettable experience where low-flying aircraft approach Princess Juliana International Airport on St. Martin Island (St. Maarten). Witnessing these magnificent machines up close is truly awe-inspiring. Lastly, let's not forget moments like Farnborough Air Show in 1952 EAW046639 when enthusiasts gather to celebrate all things aviation-related – showcasing cutting-edge designs and pushing boundaries further than ever before. Whether it's kayaks attached to an aeroplane or any other unexpected combination, the world of aeroplanes continues to surprise and captivate us.