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Air Plane Collection

"From Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight: A Journey Through Aviation History" Step back in time with this captivating aviation poster

Background imageAir Plane Collection: Empire flying boat

Empire flying boat
Poster advertising the most luxurious flying boat in the world, the Empire flying boat. This particular model is the G-ADHL of Imperial Airways

Background imageAir Plane Collection: HMS Indomitable at sea, Second World War, 1945

HMS Indomitable at sea, Second World War, 1945
Aerial photograph of the Royal Navy aircraft-carrier HMS Indomitable under way, 1945. A Seafire fighter airplane is visible, parked on her foredeck

Background imageAir Plane 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 imageAir Plane Collection: Spitfires over Forth

Spitfires over Forth
German Heinkel IIIs over the Forth Bridge are intercepted by Spitfires - the first defensive aerial action of the war

Background imageAir Plane 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 imageAir Plane Collection: Portsmouth, Southsea & Isle of Wight Aviation Poster

Portsmouth, Southsea & Isle of Wight Aviation Poster
Poster, Portsmouth, Southsea & Isle of Wight Aviation Ltd, Spithead Air Ferry to and from the island, winter fare seven shillings and sixpence return, seven services daily

Background imageAir Plane 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 imageAir Plane Collection: Passenger Plane Imperial

Passenger Plane Imperial
An Armstrong Whitworth Ensign of Imperial Airways takes off: it has the same Dunlop tyres as the smart red motor car on the ground

Background imageAir Plane Collection: Fairey Swordfish Torpedo-Bomber; Second World War, 1941

Fairey Swordfish Torpedo-Bomber; Second World War, 1941
Painting showing a Fleet Air Arm Fairey Swordfish torpedo-bomber-reconnaissance airplane flying over a British destroyer (bottom centre) and the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious (back right), 1941

Background imageAir Plane 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 imageAir Plane Collection: British aircraft camouflage, 1941

British aircraft camouflage, 1941
British aircraft camouflage, showing how the colours appear to merge into their surroundings, 1941. Date: 1941. Aircraft include Blenheim Bomber, Hudson Bomber, Wellington Bomber, Skua Bomber

Background imageAir Plane Collection: North American P-51-D Mustang Fighter

North American P-51-D Mustang Fighter
North American P-51D, Donna-Mite, at the CAF Air Show, Fleming Field, in St. Paul

Background imageAir Plane Collection: Museum of Flight, Seattle, Washington State, United States of America, North America

Museum of Flight, Seattle, Washington State, United States of America, North America

Background imageAir Plane Collection: World War II themed Coca-Cola advertisement poster, 1941

World War II themed Coca-Cola advertisement poster, 1941
COCA-COLA AD, 1941. World War II themed Coca-Cola advertisement poster, 1941

Background imageAir Plane Collection: The seat of a hero: Spitfire pilots cockpit, 1940

The seat of a hero: Spitfire pilots cockpit, 1940
The cockpit, with its amazing array of dials, is the epitome of intensive mechancial warfare of World War Two. Date: 1940

Background imageAir Plane Collection: Maldivian air taxi seaplanes parked on sandbank, Maldives, Indian Ocean, Asia

Maldivian air taxi seaplanes parked on sandbank, Maldives, Indian Ocean, Asia

Background imageAir Plane 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 imageAir Plane 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 imageAir Plane 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 imageAir Plane 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 imageAir Plane Collection: Empire flying boat jigsaw

Empire flying boat jigsaw
A jigsaw advertising the most luxurious flying boat in the world, the Empire flying boat. This particular model is the G-ADHL of Imperial Airways

Background imageAir Plane 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 imageAir Plane 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 imageAir Plane 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 imageAir Plane 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 imageAir Plane Collection: Imperial Airways poster

Imperial Airways poster
Cut-away of an Imperial Airways air liner : an ensign air liner for European services, 2 decks, 40 passengers, 200 mph, 20 tons

Background imageAir Plane 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 imageAir Plane Collection: B-17 G Flying Fortress, close up of the nose and cockpit of this plane

B-17 G Flying Fortress, close up of the nose and cockpit of this plane

Background imageAir Plane Collection: Popular Aviation Magazine

Popular Aviation Magazine

Background imageAir Plane Collection: Portsmouth, Southsea & Isle of Wight Aviation Poster

Portsmouth, Southsea & Isle of Wight Aviation Poster
Poster, Portsmouth, Southsea & Isle of Wight Aviation Ltd (PS & IOWA), showing an aeroplane flying above a route map from London to the Isle of Wight, with a May to August timetable and fares

Background imageAir Plane Collection: Gatwick airport, 1936

Gatwick airport, 1936
The improved Gatwick airport at the time of its official opening, 1936. The new Martello tower-style design enabled the airport to deal with six big air liners at once. 1936

Background imageAir Plane 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 imageAir Plane Collection: Boeing 787 Dreamliner at Farnborough

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

Background imageAir Plane Collection: Antarctic exploration, route maps

Antarctic exploration, route maps
Antarctic exploration. Map of Antarctica showing the routes taken by Ernest Shackleton (1914 to 1916, red), Roald Amundsen (1911 to 1912, brown), Robert Scott (1911 to 1912)

Background imageAir Plane Collection: Blue Angels flyby during 2006 Fleet Week performance in San Francisco

Blue Angels flyby during 2006 Fleet Week performance in San Francisco

Background imageAir Plane Collection: Imperial Airways cut-away

Imperial Airways cut-away
Imperial Airways poster advertising an ensign air liner for Empire services, 2 decks, 200 mph, 20 tons, the G-ADSR. It is shown with the side cut away so the interior features can be labelled

Background imageAir Plane Collection: Wing walking EPW037854

Wing walking EPW037854
Wing walking without a harness on an Aviation Tours Ltd Avro 504K. May 1932. From a copy negative. Aerofilms Collection (see Links)

Background imageAir Plane Collection: Aeroplane engine

Aeroplane engine. Close-up of engine blades on a Boeing 747 airliner

Background imageAir Plane Collection: Air Union poster

Air Union poster
Poster advertising the services of the Rapid Azur, flying passengers between London, Paris, Lyons, Marseilles and Geneva

Background imageAir Plane Collection: Tiger Moth Biplane, Wanaka, South Island, New Zealand

Tiger Moth Biplane, Wanaka, South Island, New Zealand

Background imageAir Plane Collection: X-15 rocket plane

X-15 rocket plane on display at the National Air & Space Museum, Washington DC

Background imageAir Plane Collection: Boulton Paul Defiant fighter; Second World War, 1940

Boulton Paul Defiant fighter; Second World War, 1940

Background imageAir Plane Collection: View from a seaplane cockpit of man swimming, Maldives, Indian Ocean, Asia

View from a seaplane cockpit of man swimming, Maldives, Indian Ocean, Asia

Background imageAir Plane Collection: Charles A. Lindbergh with his Plane, Spirit of St. Louis

Charles A. Lindbergh with his Plane, Spirit of St. Louis
Charles A. Lindbergh with his Plane Spirit of St. Louis, Gosport, May 27th 1927 1927

Background imageAir Plane Collection: Soviet Pe-2 bomber and pilot, 1944

Soviet Pe-2 bomber and pilot, 1944
Soviet Pe-2 bomber and pilot. The pilot, Grigory Pasynkov, held the title of Hero of the Soviet Union. Photographed in December 1944, in the St Petersburg region of Russia

Background imageAir Plane Collection: Military aircraft cockpit

Military aircraft cockpit with head-up display. Photographed at the 2009 Paris Air Show

Background imageAir Plane Collection: Aeroplane landing at sunset, Canada

Aeroplane landing at sunset, Canada
Aeroplane landing at sunset. Boeing 747 landing at sunset at Vancouver International Airport, British Columbia, Canada. Landing lights, used to guide aircraft to the runway

Background imageAir Plane Collection: WASHINGTON, D. C. USA. Aircraft displayed in Smithsonian Air and Space Museum

WASHINGTON, D. C. USA. Aircraft displayed in Smithsonian Air and Space Museum
WASHINGTON, D.C. USA. Aircraft displayed in Smithsonian Air and Space Museum




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"From Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight: A Journey Through Aviation History" Step back in time with this captivating aviation poster, showcasing the rich heritage of air travel in Portsmouth, Southsea, and the Isle of Wight. Witness the awe-inspiring sight of Spitfires soaring over Forth, a testament to their legendary role during World War II. Marvel at the majestic Empire flying boat as it gracefully glides through the skies, symbolizing an era when air travel was synonymous with luxury and adventure. Discover unexpected connections between automobiles and aircraft as Bentley cars proudly display aircraft propellers - a fascinating fusion of engineering marvels. The sleek Jaguar aircraft DP035691 takes center stage, embodying speed and precision that captivated aviation enthusiasts worldwide. Experience the thrill of boarding a passenger plane Imperial; its wings poised for takeoff, promising exciting destinations beyond imagination. HMS Indomitable stands resolute at sea during World War II's final year – a reminder of how planes played an integral role in shaping history from above. The iconic Fairey Swordfish Torpedo-Bomber takes flight amidst wartime chaos in 1941; its bravery etched into aviation folklore forever. Shackleton over The Strand RAF_228_190E_0048 showcases British ingenuity as this remarkable aircraft patrols our skies with unwavering determination. Uncover secrets behind British aircraft camouflage in 1941 – blending artistry and strategy to deceive enemies while safeguarding our nation's freedom. Escape to paradise with Maldivian air taxi seaplanes parked on sandbanks; these aerial wonders connect distant islands across Asia's mesmerizing Indian Ocean. Finally, pay homage to North American P-51-D Mustang Fighter – an emblematic symbol of power and agility that dominated the skies during World War II.