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This page is our central aviation art directory page.  Here you can view all of the aircraft featured in our artwork, find any of the aviation artists on our site, see all the squadrons depicted and browse our pilot and aircrew signatures.

 

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Tiger Moth G-AOEI owned by Cambridge Flying Group over the Cambridge countryside.

A Special Breed by Gerald Coulson.
 The daylight raid on Tokyo, led by Lt Col James H. Doolittle on Sunday 18 April 1942, has rightfully entered the history books as one of the most daring and courageous operations of the Second World War. On that day, in mid ocean, Doolittle had launched his B-25 Mitchell bomber from the heaving, spray-soaked flight deck of an aircraft carrier, a deck too short to land on, and flown on to bomb Tokyo. He knew there would be no return to the USS Hornet, either for him or the 15 heavily laden B-25s behind him, for this was a feat never before attempted, and for every crew member the mission was a one-way ticket. Yet, under the leadership of Jimmy Doolittle, they all dared to survive. The mission for the 16 bombers was to bomb industrial targets in Tokyo and surrounding areas, to slow production of strategic war material, then fly on to land in the part of south-west China that was still in the hands of friendly Nationalist forces. All being well, the mission would be so unexpected it would plant the first seeds of doubt into enemy minds. It worked – the Japanese were forced to quickly divert hundreds of aircraft, men and equipment away from offensive operations to the defence of their homeland. There was, however, another reason behind the Doolittle's raid – to lift the morale of an American public devastated by the attack on Pearl Harbor four months earlier. And the success of the mission provided the boost that was needed. If any had doubted America's resolve in the face of uncertainty, the courage, determination and heroism displayed by Lt Col Doolittle and his band of aviators restored their determination. Although it might take years, and the price would be high, America and her allies understood that the fight could, and would, be won. Commissioned to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Doolittle Tokyo Raid the painting portrays the dramatic moment that Lt Col Jimmy Doolittle lifts his B-25 off the pitching deck of the USS Hornet. Having timed his launch to perfection he climbs steeply away, ready to adjust his compass bearing for a direct line to Tokyo. On the sodden deck behind him the crews of the remaining 15 aircraft, whose engines are warmed, ready and turning, will quickly follow their commanding officer into the murky sky.

Destination Tokyo by Anthony Saunders.
 VC.10, serial No 885 was the last of its type to be built at Brooklands and is seen here taking to the air on 16th February 1970 in her East African Airlines livery as 5H-MOG. This aircraft was later acquired by the Royal Air Force and registered as ZA150, serving as a K3 with 101 Sqn until her eventual retirement in 2013, this veteran of 43 years service landing for the final time at Dunsfold where she will be preserved as part of the Brooklands Museum.

Last of the Line by Ivan Berryman. (P)
 The Junkers Ju.287 V1 bomber prototype was a typical example of Germany's research into advanced aerodynamics at the end of World War II. Featuring forward swept wings and four Jumo 004B-1 Orkan axial-flow turbojets, this extraordinary aircraft made several successful flights before the project was curtailed by the war's end. RS+RA is shown on a test flight, carrying a cine camera in front of the fin to record airflow by means of wool tufts glued to the wings and fuselage sides. The characteristics of forward swept wings are only now being re-evaluated, 70 years after Junkers' first tentative steps into the unknown.

A New Shape in the Sky by Ivan Berryman. (P)

 

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Aircraft Portal

At Cranston Fine Arts, we have been publishing aviation art for over two decades.  We have artwork depicting the classic aircraft - Spitfires, Mustangs, Lancasters, Me109s - but we have also made a commitment to commission artwork of less well known aircraft.  This has led to us having the widest selection of aviation art available anywhere.  Just check the aircraft menus opposite to see for yourself!

Full Aircraft Directory : Currently 378 Different Aircraft!
 

British Aircraft Directory : Currently 120 Aircraft
 

German Aircraft Directory : Currently 73 Aircraft
 

American Aircraft Directory : Currently 107 Aircraft
 
Featured Aircraft

Thunderbolt

Halifax

Mosquito

Me110

 

 

Aviation Artist Portal

Full Artist Directory : Currently 101 Different Aviation Artists!
 

Featured Aviation Artists

Nicolas Trudgian
Nicolas Trudgian

Anthony Saunders
Anthony Saunders

Gerald Coulson
Gerald Coulson

Ivan Berryman
Ivan Berryman

Robert Taylor
Robert Taylor

Richard Taylor
Richard Taylor

Our dedication to aviation art is such that we commission more of it than any other publisher.  We have more new releases by more artists than anyone else.  In addition to this, we have acquired the print collection of many artists in recent years, including Gerald Coulson and Robert Tomlin.  Our most significant purchase though, was the entire back catalogue of Nicolas Trudgian prints.  You'll find all remaining prints of Nicolas Trudgian from his days with Military Gallery on this website.  Other websites may advertise them, but we have found that very few actually have the product in stock.  

 

Squadron Aviation Portal

Many of our customers are looking for aviation art related to a specific squadron, usually because a relative once served in it.  We have taken the squadron details of every aviation print in our database where possible and collated the information into an easy menu which you will find opposite.  Most aviation art sites will offer you a few of the famous squadrons - we offer our visitors everything there is.  In addition to the prints, we have supplemented the information with all the available aircraft, pilot, ace, signature and any other data available from our historical databases.

Full Squadron Directory : Currently 444 Different Squadrons!
 

 

Aviation Signatures Portal

Full Aviation Signature Directory : Currently 2005 Different Signatures!
 

Featured Signatures

Douglas Bader

Paul Tibbets

Hans Joachim Jabs

Bill Reid

Chuck Yeager

Manfred von Richthofen

Pilot and aircrew signatures are valuable additions to aviation art prints - adding a connection to the pilots who often flew the aircraft depicted in the image.  The photograph above shows Erich Rudorffer signing an edition of a print recently.  A major Ace in the Luftwaffe, his signature is one of many that are sought after because of the connection to the past.  With the obvious attraction of high scoring German pilots aside, every one of our pilot and aircrew signatures represents a link to a time when every mission was potentially their last.  Bomber crews in the RAF rarely survived their full tour of duty - over 50% of airmen did not return from missions.  In addition to wartime signatures, we also have many signatures from more recent times - Falklands pilots, Iraq and Afghanistan among others.  Our pages show all the prints with the chosen signature, but are also connected to our massive databases of aircraft, squadrons and victories.

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