A fine Collection of reproductions from original oil paintings by JOHN YOUNG. John was awarded the Guild of Aviation Artists Medal in 1983 and was the first member of the Guild to receive the Flight International Trophy for the Best [...]
A fine Collection of reproductions from original oil paintings by JOHN YOUNG.
Bristol Blenheim Mk. IV's of No.107 Squadron attacking German shipping off the Frisian Islands in July 1941. This Blenheim is being flown by the Test cricketer and former Middlesex Captain, Squadron Leader Bill Edrich.
The Messerschmitt Bf 109G-1 of Oberst Hannes Trautloft, Kommodore of JG 54 "Grunherz" over the Russian Front in the Spring of 1942. His final score of victories included 45 Russian aircraft plus 12 in the West including 4 in Spain. Trautloft was sacked in the January 1945 rebellion against Goering and after the war became a senior officer in the West German Luftwaffe.
"Old Sugar": Avro Lancaster MR.I, R5868, of No.467 Squadron RAM' over the Lincolnshire countryside. This aircraft became the second highest-scoring Lancaster with 137 operations to its credit and is today preserved in the Royal Air force Museum.
A damaged Boeing B-170 of the 510th Bomb Squadron, 351st Bomb Group operating out of Polebrook, Northants, escorted here by North American P-51D's of the 357th Fighter Group from Leiston in Suffolk.
Fairey Battle Mk. l's of No.218 "Gold Coast" Squadron, attacking targets in the Sedan area of France on 14 May 1940. The following month the squadron was withdrawn back to Britain after suffering heavy losses.
A de Havilland Mosquito B. IV of No.109 Squadron, No.8 Pathfinder Force marking the target at Essen on 20 December 1942. The Mosquito was ideal for this work and the squadron later became the first to use the navigation aid Oboe, which enabled target markers to be dropped accurately.
"Typhoons in Normandie, Summer 1944": Rocket-laden Typhoons take off in a cloud of dust from a forward airstrip, Sabres roaring at full power, one wheel characteristically retracting before the other, to clear a path for Allied armies on the ground.
"After Noon": A Battle of Britain pilot returns after an engagement in his Spitfire to fill up his tanks while the armourers load fresh belts of ammunition. The School holiday of the summer of 1940 was a stirring time for anyone who could walk or cycle to the local aerodrome.
"September 1940": A Hurricane Mk. I comes in to land over a freshly cut hayfield, a scene enacted many times during the Battle of Britain.
"Shangri-La": The North American P-51B of Don Gentile who finished his combat tour with 27.8 victories. On 13 April 1944, a celebration 'beat-up' ended when "Shangri-La" struck the ground, its fuselage breaking in two, the shaken pilot walking ruefully away.
"Landing Practice": The Westland Lysander was the first monoplane designed for use with the Army Co-Operation Squadrons and in this scene the pilot is about to land in a confined space on agricultural land.
A Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIC of No.615 Squadron escorts a pair of Short Stirling Mk. l's of No.15 Squadron on the final daylight raid by the squadron on Brest, 18 December 1941.
Foreword by Dr Michael Fopp MA, FMA, FBIM,
Director of the Royal Air Force Museum
The Royal Air Force Museum is Great Britain's national museum of aviation. Since it opened in 1972 on the historic site of Hendon Aerodrome, itself in many respects the birthplace of British aviation, it has grown rapidly to become a major UK institution. The Museum attracts increasing numbers of visitors and aviation enthusiasts from all over the world to view its unique collection of aircraft. But the Museum is not just about aeroplanes. In its displays and exhibits, one can see also the story of the development of Flight and of the men and women who made it possible, together with an important chronicle of British social history and the effects of one of the most vital communication and transport methods in the world.
This year we are proud to produce the latest in a long line of Museum calendars in association with the internationally-renowned artist, John Young G.Av.A. I am particularly pleased to note that several of the images you see in these pages are drawn from our own Art collection. The Museum has always been associated with the finest tradition of quality and excellence. It therefore gives me great pleasure to continue that tradition by joining the Museum's 1992 Calendar with the work of a fine artist, and one who has done so much to champion the cause of aviation among so wide an audience.
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