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Pilot Collection

"Pilot: Defying Gravity, Embracing Destiny" From the skies of history to the dreams of tomorrow, pilots have always been at the forefront of human ambition

Background imagePilot Collection: 137 Squadron RAF, 1943

137 Squadron RAF, 1943
Group photograph of the pilots and ground crew of 137 Squadron with Westland Whirlwind fighter-bombers and the squadron mascot

Background imagePilot Collection: Pilot Boy At Bergens Vag (Bay), 1905 (painting)

Pilot Boy At Bergens Vag (Bay), 1905 (painting)
7432275 Pilot Boy At Bergens Vag (Bay), 1905 (painting) by Krohg, Christian (1852-1925); Private Collection; (add.info.: Christian Krohg (1852-1925)); Photo © O. Vaering

Background imagePilot Collection: Churchills praise for RAF Pilots

Churchills praise for RAF Pilots
" Never was so much owed by so many to so few" - Prime Minister Winston Churchill from a speech made on 20th August 1940

Background imagePilot Collection: Elizabeth Bessie Coleman (1892-1926)

Elizabeth Bessie Coleman (1892-1926)
Elizabeth Bessie Coleman, 1892-1926, the first female pilot of African American descent and the first person of African American descent to hold an international pilot license. Date: 1926

Background imagePilot Collection: Ford V8 Pilot 1954 Green light

Ford V8 Pilot 1954 Green light

Background imagePilot Collection: Captain Albert Ball (1896-1917), VC, DSO

Captain Albert Ball (1896-1917), VC, DSO
Artist: Newling, Edward - Title: Captain Albert Ball (1896-1917), VC, DSO - Date: 1921 - Original Medium and Size: Oil on Canvas 111.8 x 86.4

Background imagePilot Collection: Flying Officer W E Johns - Biggles stories in Modern Boy

Flying Officer W E Johns - Biggles stories in Modern Boy
Advertisement in The Modern Boy magazine for the forthcoming series of stories written by Flying Officer W. E. Johns concerning the wartime adventures of Captain James Bigglesworth

Background imagePilot Collection: Wartime poster of Churchills famous words

Wartime poster of Churchills famous words: Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few, referring to the pilots of the Royal Air Force, fighting the Battle of Britain

Background imagePilot Collection: Amelia Earhart, US aviation pioneer

Amelia Earhart, US aviation pioneer
Amelia Earhart (1897-1937), American aviation pioneer. Earhart was the first woman to cross the Atlantic by air as a passenger (1928), fly solo across the Atlantic

Background imagePilot Collection: Bismarck / Dropping Pilot

Bismarck / Dropping Pilot
OTTO BISMARCK German Chancellor dismissed by Kaiser Wilhelm II: Dropping the Pilot

Background imagePilot 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 imagePilot Collection: WW2 poster, To Victory -- With Our Help

WW2 poster, To Victory -- With Our Help! Pilots profile with Hawker Hurricanes. Printed by Massey-Harris for distribution in England. Date: circa 1942

Background imagePilot Collection: Royal Air Force Display Poster, Hendon

Royal Air Force Display Poster, Hendon, showing two pilots in flight, with other planes in the background. 1936

Background imagePilot Collection: Propaganda poster: prime ministers statement

Propaganda poster: prime ministers statement
Second world war propaganda poster. Above a photograph of five brave airmen is a quotation from the Prime Minister, Winston Churchill: Never was so much owed by so many to so few

Background imagePilot Collection: Amy Johnson 1930

Amy Johnson 1930
Miss Amy Johnson overhauling her Gypsy Moth aeroplane after landing in Australia. She was the first woman pilot to fly alone to Australia

Background imagePilot Collection: WW2 poster, Fly with the RAF

WW2 poster, Fly with the RAF
WW2 poster, Men in reserved occupations can now fly with the RAF as pilot or observer. Apply nearest combined recruiting centre. Date: 1941

Background imagePilot Collection: An F-86 Sabre jet in flight

An F-86 Sabre jet in flight over Glendale, Arizona

Background imagePilot Collection: Amy Johnson - pioneering English pilot

Amy Johnson - pioneering English pilot
Amy Johnson (later Mollison) CBE (1903-1941) - pioneering English pilot who was the first woman to fly solo from London to Australia

Background imagePilot Collection: Supermarine test pilots at High Post Aerodrome in March?

Supermarine test pilots at High Post Aerodrome in March?
Supermarine test pilots at High Post Aerodrome in March 1946: From left: Flt Lt P. Wigley DFC, Sqn Ldr W.J.G. Morgan DFC, Lt Cdr Jeffrey K. Quill AFC, Chief Test Pilot; Flt Lt Leslie R

Background imagePilot Collection: Dropping the Pilot, 1890. Artist: John Tenniel

Dropping the Pilot, 1890. Artist: John Tenniel
Dropping the Pilot, 1890. Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898) Prussian/German statesman, resigned as Chancellor, together with his son the German foreign minister

Background imagePilot Collection: Instruction booklet, Knitting for the RAF, WW2

Instruction booklet, Knitting for the RAF, WW2
Cover design, instruction booklet, Knitting for the RAF, World War Two, price one shilling. circa 1940

Background imagePilot Collection: WW2 poster, The British Commonwealth of Nations Together

WW2 poster, The British Commonwealth of Nations Together. 1941

Background imagePilot Collection: Douglas Bader - Flying Ace of WW2

Douglas Bader - Flying Ace of WW2
Group Captain Sir Douglas Robert Steuart Bader (1910-1982) - Royal Air Force flying ace during the Second World War. A postcard produced for the (Royal)

Background imagePilot Collection: Birthday card, RAF flying dog pilot

Birthday card, RAF flying dog pilot. mid-20th century

Background imagePilot Collection: Usa-Aviation-Boeing 747

Usa-Aviation-Boeing 747
Family picture taken on January 13, 1970 of the aircrew of the first commercial flight of the Boeing 747 from New York to London for Pan American

Background imagePilot Collection: Richard Todd in The Dam Busters (1958)

Richard Todd in The Dam Busters (1958)
a portrait of Todd as Wing Commander Guy Gibson, V.C. D.S.O. D.F.C

Background imagePilot 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 imagePilot Collection: Major James McCudden, Royal Flying Corps, WW1

Major James McCudden, Royal Flying Corps, WW1
Major James Thomas Byford McCudden (1895-1918), officer and pilot in the Royal Flying Corps during the First World War. He received more medals for gallantry than any other British airman serving in

Background imagePilot Collection: The Battle of Britain

The Battle of Britain
A circular painting depicting the brave men of the Royal Airforce on the ground and in action during the Battle of Briatin

Background imagePilot 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 imagePilot Collection: Amelia Earhart (1897-1937) in Boston training plane, 1926 (b / w photo)

Amelia Earhart (1897-1937) in Boston training plane, 1926 (b / w photo)
SLS249192 Amelia Earhart (1897-1937) in Boston training plane, 1926 (b/w photo) by American Photographer, (20th century); Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute

Background imagePilot Collection: Amy Johnson CBE (1903-1941) - pioneering English female pilot - pictured standing in

Amy Johnson CBE (1903-1941) - pioneering English female pilot - pictured standing in front of her Gipsy Moth just before she undertook a 19-day solo flight to Australia

Background imagePilot Collection: Flight simulator in use, RAF Lyneham, Wiltshire

Flight simulator in use, RAF Lyneham, Wiltshire
A flight simulator in use at RAF Lyneham, Wiltshire. Before computers, flight simulators used actual models of different airfields in order to train pilots

Background imagePilot Collection: Poster, Sir Alan Cobhams National Aviation Day Campaign

Poster, Sir Alan Cobhams National Aviation Day Campaign Air Display (also known as Cobhams Flying Circus), Chapel Farm, Lochgelly Road, Kirkcaldy, 13-14 July 1935. Date: 1935

Background imagePilot 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 imagePilot Collection: National Air Safety Committee Poster

National Air Safety Committee Poster
Poster, National Air Safety Committee, providing instructions to new pilots -- please help to keep flying safe. 1933

Background imagePilot 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 imagePilot Collection: Biggles / Fire / Plane

Biggles / Fire / Plane
The crumpled figure in the cockpit came to life : the female pilot in the burning plane points her gun at Biggles

Background imagePilot Collection: A Supermarine Spitfire Mk-18 in flight

A Supermarine Spitfire Mk-18 in flight near West Chester County, Pennsylvania

Background imagePilot Collection: Imperial Airways Poster, Travel Luxuriously

Imperial Airways Poster, Travel Luxuriously in the Worlds largest air liners, serving Europe, Africa, India and the Far East. Showing two pilots in the cockpit of a Heracles, and passengers boarding

Background imagePilot Collection: Royal Air Force Display Poster, Hendon

Royal Air Force Display Poster, Hendon, showing a pilot in flying gear, gesturing towards three biplanes in flight. 1934

Background imagePilot Collection: Pneumonia strikes like a man eating shark led by its pilot f

Pneumonia strikes like a man eating shark led by its pilot fish the common cold Consult your physician. Poster encouraging citizens to consult your physician for treatment of the common cold

Background imagePilot Collection: Manfred von Richthofen, German pilot

Manfred von Richthofen, German pilot
Manfred von Richthofen (1892-1918), or the Red Baron, German fighter pilot who won 80 air combats during World War I. Richthofen (centre) is standing with members of Jasta 11, or the Flying Circus

Background imagePilot Collection: Yuri Gagarin, Soviet cosmonaut

Yuri Gagarin, Soviet cosmonaut
Yuri Gagarin (1934-1968), soviet cosmonaut and first man in space. Gagarin made the first manned space flight on 12 April 1961

Background imagePilot Collection: First airmail letter delivered, Windsor Castle

First airmail letter delivered, Windsor Castle
The first airmail letter ever to be delivered is handed to the Postmaster of Windsor, to whom it is addressed, on the East Lawn of Windsor Castle

Background imagePilot Collection: Wilbur and Orville Wright with Flyer II at Huffman Prairie, Dayton, Ohio, USA, May 1

Wilbur and Orville Wright with Flyer II at Huffman Prairie, Dayton, Ohio, USA, May 1, 1904. The Wrights had a much more difficult time testing their aircraft at Huffman Prairie than at Kill Devil

Background imagePilot Collection: RAF bomber pilot and second pilot, 1941

RAF bomber pilot and second pilot, 1941. Brave yet cautious, cool yet daring. From Bomber Command. [His Majestys Stationery Office, London, 1941]

Background imagePilot Collection: Tibbetts, Paul, Pilot as Col USaF beside Boeing B-29

Tibbetts, Paul, Pilot as Col USaF beside Boeing B-29 Enola Gay



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"Pilot: Defying Gravity, Embracing Destiny" From the skies of history to the dreams of tomorrow, pilots have always been at the forefront of human ambition. Their courage and skill have shaped our world in ways unimaginable. Churchill's praise for RAF Pilots echoes through time as a testament to their unwavering dedication and heroism. In the face of adversity, they soared high, defending freedom with every flight. Elizabeth Bessie Coleman shattered barriers as she became the first African-American woman pilot. Her determination defied societal norms, inspiring generations to reach for the stars. Amelia Earhart, an iconic US aviation pioneer, fearlessly charted new horizons and proved that women could conquer any sky-bound challenge. Her legacy continues to inspire countless dreamers around the globe. The Ford V8 Pilot 1954 Green light symbolized not only automotive innovation but also represented a spirit of adventure that resonated with pilots worldwide. It was a beacon calling them towards endless possibilities in uncharted territories. Flying Officer W E Johns immortalized aviators' bravery through his captivating Biggles stories in Modern Boy magazine. His tales ignited young imaginations and instilled a sense of wonder about aviation's limitless potential. A wartime poster bearing Churchill's famous words "Never was so much owed by so many to so few" encapsulated gratitude towards those who defended nations from above during World War II—a reminder that heroes don't always wear capes; sometimes they wear wings. The Bismarck dropping its pilot serves as a poignant metaphor for letting go of old limitations and embracing new beginnings—an allegory mirrored by pilots who constantly push boundaries both within themselves and their aircrafts. Amy Johnson blazed trails as an English pilot whose pioneering spirit knew no bounds. With each flight she took, she challenged gender stereotypes while leaving an indelible mark on aviation history.