Monday, March 7, 2011

Aviation Art

These paintings are by Harold H. Booth (R.C.A.F.) and from a book called Book of Modern Warplanes. The book was published by Garden City Publishing and is copyright 1942.

The American planes in this book feature the old style insignia with the red circle in the star. The red circle was omitted in 1941 due to the fact it might be confused with the Japanese rising sun insignia. The author notes this in the text. I mention this because I'm curious exactly when this book was produced. I'm thinking it was after the United States entered the war but not very long after. I can't pin down the date of the change of the insignia other than "1941."

There are descriptive paragraphs (presumably by Booth) to accompany each illustration that talk about the plane's development and armament. Information abot the Axis planes is sketchy and the armament of the F4U Corsair is described as "secret."

This book belonged to my Mom and I remember enjoying it and trying to copy the drawings when I was a little kid. I rescued it at some point when my parents were cleaning out a bookcase.

P-38 Lightning

P-39 Aircobra

B-26 Marauder

B-17 Flying Fortress

A-20 Havoc

F4U Corsair

SB2C Helldiver

SBD1 Dauntless

PBM-1 Mariner


P-40 Kittyhawk

Bristol Beaufighter

Westland Whirlwind

AT6 Harvard

Fairey Battle

Handley-Page Hampden

S25 Short Sunderland

Lockheed Hudson

Polikarpov I-16

1-18 (I've not been able to find out what this is. Maybe the Yak-1. The Americans did not know much about Russian aircraft at this point).

Focke Wulf 190

Henschel Hs 126

Zero Type 00

Kawasaki 97 (I'm thinking this might actually be the Nakajima B5N "Kate" torpedo bomber).

Macchi MC-202

1 comment:

Kostas said...

Аbout Soviet plane: it И-18. First the outline sketch, dated September, 1935 with gun engine HS12Ycrs and steam system of cooling. In the project the maximum speed of 500 km/h at height of 3000 m. In a number of documents this project was specified is designated as ЦКБ-19 with steam cooling. The basic difference of this car was use of the isparitelno-water cooling placed in a covering of a wing. In the project of 1935 the device was considered with gun arms. Further - as an unaided record variant.