Fighting in the Sky - The Story in Art
Publisher: Pen & Sword Aviation
“The thoughtful text and assortment of paintings illustrate just over a century of military aviation, from those early biplanes . . . to modern drones.” —Military Model Scene Barely a decade passed from the Wright Brothers’ first powered flight to aircraft becoming lethal instruments of war. The Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service took off in the very early days of The Great War and captured the public’s imagination and admiration. Sydney and Richard Carline happened to be both pilots and artists as was Frenchman Henri Farre. Their works inspired celebrated painters like Sir John Lavery who took to the skies in an airship in the First World War. Feeding on the demand for works depicting this new dimension of warfighting, a new genre of art was born which has remained popular ever since. During the Second World War, the paintings of Paul Nash stood out as did Eric Ravilious who, ironically, died in an air crash. War artist Albert Richards dropped with British paratroopers on D-Day. Post-war, paintings by leading British and international artists graphically illustrate conflicts such as the Falklands, Bosnia and the Gulf War. John Fairley has brought together a dazzling collection of art works covering over 100 years of air warfare, enhanced by lively and informative text. The result is a book that is visually and historically satisfying.“This book is highly recommended based upon the outstanding prose, spectacular artwork, and coverage of the histories of the conflicts covered.” —IPMS/USA“Taken together, the paintings and descriptions present a compelling tableau of the first century of military operations in the third dimension.” —Aviation History Magazine
Available since: 06/30/2020.
Print length: 160 pages.