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Plane Collection

From the skies of Salinas, California to the shores of Neyland, Pembrokeshire, planes have always captivated our imagination

Background imagePlane Collection: Bowman Field, Municipal Airport, 1942. Artist: Caufield & Shook

Bowman Field, Municipal Airport, 1942. Artist: Caufield & Shook
Bowman Field, Municipal Airport, 1942. From Souvenir of Louisville Ky.. [Curt Teich & Co. Inc. Chicago, 1942]

Background imagePlane 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 imagePlane Collection: USA, B-17 Bomber Aircraft, Cockpit, Salinas, California

USA, B-17 Bomber Aircraft, Cockpit, Salinas, California

Background imagePlane Collection: Airbus A380 in flight C017 / 7889

Airbus A380 in flight C017 / 7889
Airbus A380 in flight. The A380 is the worlds largest passenger airliner and, due to its size, many airports have had to expand their facilities to properly accommodate it

Background imagePlane Collection: A Sunderland Flying Boat spreads its wings over the Pembrokeshire village of Neyland as

A Sunderland Flying Boat spreads its wings over the Pembrokeshire village of Neyland as it comes in to land at RAF Pembroke Dock Seaplane and Flying Boat Station

Background imagePlane 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 imagePlane Collection: An Aerial Cricket Match of the Future, c1918 (1919). Artist: W Heath Robinson

An Aerial Cricket Match of the Future, c1918 (1919). Artist: W Heath Robinson
An Aerial Cricket Match of the Future, c1918 (1919). From The Wonder Book of Aircraft for Boys and Girls, edited by Harry Golding. [Ward. Lock & Co. Limited, London, Melbourne and Toronto, 1919]

Background imagePlane Collection: Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Gullwing, 2011, Black

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Gullwing, 2011, Black
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Gullwing 2011 Black

Background imagePlane Collection: Runway Perspective, 1941, (1944). Creator: Eric Ravilious

Runway Perspective, 1941, (1944). Creator: Eric Ravilious
Runway Perspective, 1941, (1944). RAF Spitfires at a British airfield during the Second World War. Painting in the Imperial War Museum, London. From " Britain In The Air", by Nigel Tangye

Background imagePlane Collection: Concorde in the 1970s in British Airways livery, Heathrow, London, England

Concorde in the 1970s in British Airways livery, Heathrow, London, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imagePlane Collection: Aircraft HMS Ark Royal Fleet Air Arm. McDonnell Douglas Phantom FG1 (F-4K

Aircraft HMS Ark Royal Fleet Air Arm. McDonnell Douglas Phantom FG1 (F-4K) of 892 Naval Air Sqd and a Blackburn Buccaneer of 809 NAS of the Royal Navys Fleet Air Arm on board the Aircaft Carrier HMS

Background imagePlane Collection: Lancaster Bomber with 2 Spitfire Fighter planes, 2011 Goodwood revival

Lancaster Bomber with 2 Spitfire Fighter planes, 2011 Goodwood revival
Lancaster Bomber with Spitfire fighter aircraft during Aerial display at Goodwood 2011

Background imagePlane Collection: Lancaster Bomber with 2 Spitfire Fighter planes, 2011 Goodwood revival

Lancaster Bomber with 2 Spitfire Fighter planes, 2011 Goodwood revival
Lancaster Bomber with Spitfire fighter aircraft

Background imagePlane 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 imagePlane Collection: First BOAC Boeing 747 Jumbo jet to land at Manchesters Ringway Airport. August 1970

First BOAC Boeing 747 Jumbo jet to land at Manchesters Ringway Airport. August 1970

Background imagePlane Collection: The Westland Lysander, 1941. Creator: Unknown

The Westland Lysander, 1941. Creator: Unknown
The Westland Lysander, 1941. British army liaison aircraft made by Westland Aircraft, used before and during the Second World War

Background imagePlane Collection: View of London, 1926-1927. Artist: Captain Alfred G Buckham

View of London, 1926-1927. Artist: Captain Alfred G Buckham
View of London, 1926-1927. A biplane flies over the River Thames. Illustration from Wonderful London, volume I, edited by Arthur St John Adcock, published by Amalgamated Press (London, 1926-1927)

Background imagePlane Collection: DC3 (Douglas C-47 Dakota)

DC3 (Douglas C-47 Dakota)

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

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

Background imagePlane 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 imagePlane 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 imagePlane Collection: Virgin Atlantic 747 aeroplane at Heathrow, London, England

Virgin Atlantic 747 aeroplane at Heathrow, London, England

Background imagePlane Collection: Airbus-A320-First Flight

Airbus-A320-First Flight
Employees of Aerospatiale pose near the new Airbus A320 airliner before its inaugural flight, 22 February 1987. The Airbus A320 airliner, a significant sales success and a technological trailblazer

Background imagePlane Collection: Supersonic shock waves, Schlieren image

Supersonic shock waves, Schlieren image
Supersonic shock waves. Schlieren image showing the shock wave created by a supersonic jet flying in front of the Sun. Schlieren imaging is a method used to visualise density variations in

Background imagePlane Collection: Sky writing - Happy Birthday - written in the clouds - with Butterflies

Sky writing - Happy Birthday - written in the clouds - with Butterflies. Digital Manipulation: all created
A-016-m Sky writing - Happy Birthday - written in the clouds - with Butterflies Digital Manipulated image Ardea London contact details: prints@ardea.com tel: +44 (0) 20 8318 1401

Background imagePlane 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 imagePlane Collection: A Balloon View of London (viewed from North) (engraving)

A Balloon View of London (viewed from North) (engraving)
609814 A Balloon View of London (viewed from North) (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: A Balloon View of London (viewed from North)

Background imagePlane Collection: A Heinkel 111 bomber aircraft of the German Luftwaffe flies over Tower Bridge

A Heinkel 111 bomber aircraft of the German Luftwaffe flies over Tower Bridge on the River Thames in London during the Battle of Britain in World War Two. 7th September 1940

Background imagePlane Collection: Concorde supersonic jet being built in Bristol England March 1967

Concorde supersonic jet being built in Bristol England March 1967

Background imagePlane Collection: France-Aerospace-Show

France-Aerospace-Show
Flight attendant, Annette Hennze poses during the International Paris Air Show, on May 06, 1969 at Le Bourget airport. AFP PHOTO / AFP PHOTO

Background imagePlane Collection: Cropdusting a corn field in Saline County, Nebraska. cropdusting, cropduster

Cropdusting a corn field in Saline County, Nebraska. cropdusting, cropduster
Cropdusting a corn field in Saline County, Nebraska

Background imagePlane Collection: Westland Wessex G-aGW plane, c1940

Westland Wessex G-aGW plane, c1940
A three engined monoplane supplied by Imperial Airways for the Great Western Railway Air Service routes

Background imagePlane Collection: Westland Wessex plane G-aGW at Haldon Aerodrome, 1933

Westland Wessex plane G-aGW at Haldon Aerodrome, 1933
A three engined monoplane supplied by Imperial Airways for the Great Western Railway Air Service routes

Background imagePlane Collection: Westland Wessex Plane - G-aGW, c1933

Westland Wessex Plane - G-aGW, c1933
A three engined monoplane supplied by Imperial Airways for the Great Western Railway Air Service routes

Background imagePlane Collection: De Havilland 89 Dragon Rapide - City of Birmingham, c1935

De Havilland 89 Dragon Rapide - City of Birmingham, c1935
Part of the Railway Air Service fleet

Background imagePlane 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 imagePlane 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 imagePlane 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 imagePlane Collection: Goodwood Revival Bi-plane

Goodwood Revival Bi-plane

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

Blue Angels flyby during 2006 Fleet Week performance in San Francisco

Background imagePlane Collection: Aeroplane engine

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

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

Tiger Moth Biplane, Wanaka, South Island, New Zealand

Background imagePlane Collection: U-2 spy plane with fictitious NASA markings, USA, 1960. Creator: NASA

U-2 spy plane with fictitious NASA markings, USA, 1960. Creator: NASA
U-2 spy plane with fictitious NASA markings, USA, 1960. After Francis Gary Powers was shot down over the Soviet Union during a CIA spy flight on May 1, 1960

Background imagePlane 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 imagePlane Collection: Military aircraft cockpit

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

Background imagePlane 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 imagePlane 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

Background imagePlane Collection: Blue Angels perform knife-edge pass during 2006 Fleet Week airshow in San Francisco

Blue Angels perform knife-edge pass during 2006 Fleet Week airshow in San Francisco



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From the skies of Salinas, California to the shores of Neyland, Pembrokeshire, planes have always captivated our imagination. The B-17 Bomber Aircraft stands as a symbol of American aviation prowess, its cockpit serving as a command center for brave pilots like Captain Albert Ball and Howard Hughes. As a Sunderland Flying Boat spreads its wings over the picturesque village, we are reminded of the vastness and beauty of our world. In 2011 at Goodwood revival, history came alive as a Lancaster Bomber soared through the air accompanied by two Spitfire Fighter planes. It was a breathtaking display that honored the bravery and sacrifice of those who fought in World War II. The Maldivian air taxi seaplanes parked on a sandbank in the Indian Ocean transport us to paradise. These aerial vessels effortlessly navigate between islands, offering an unparalleled view from above. Concorde's sleek silhouette against Heathrow's skyline takes us back to the glamourous era of supersonic travel. British Airways proudly showcased this marvel in their livery during the 1970s. The Westland Lysander remains shrouded in mystery with its creator unknown. This enigmatic plane holds stories untold but continues to intrigue aviation enthusiasts worldwide. At Seattle's Museum of Flight, history comes alive with every step taken amidst iconic aircraft from different eras. Here lies evidence of human ingenuity and progress that has shaped our modern world. Amelia Earhart's determination is palpable as she poses beside her Boston training plane in 1926. Her pioneering spirit paved the way for women aviators around the globe. Lastly, we cannot forget about DC3 (Douglas C-47 Dakota), which served as an essential workhorse during World War II and beyond. Its reliability and versatility made it an icon among military aircraft. Planes have forever changed how we see and connect with our world – whether it be through exploration, transportation, or simply marveling at their grace in the sky.