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Welcome to the aircraft index page of our website.  On this page, you will find our directory of all the aircraft depicted in our aviation art prints and paintings.  We have also made a variety of sub-directories available splitting our massive collection down into specific areas of interest, based on country or era.  In addition, we have also highlighted some of the most popular aircraft in aviation art, and a few other extras!

 

Full Aircraft Directory : Currently 377 Different Aircraft!
 

 

AviationArtPrints.com has probably the largest range of aircraft art prints available anywhere in the world.  As part of the Cranston Fine Arts group we have full access to huge range of prints which are not available from any other dealer.  In addition to publishing hundreds of our own aviation art prints, in recent years we have bought over the entire back catalogue of aviation art prints of Nicolas Trudgian and Gerald Coulson from their publisher, as well as the prints of several other aviation artists.  Because of this, we can offer you these now very sought after aviation art prints with great discounts. 

What makes AviationArtPrints.com different to other online aviation art sellers?

We take pride in commissioning a number of aviation artists to produce new original paintings on a regular basis.  While other websites offer some of the same prints we stock, many do not commission any original artwork of their own, and are in effect drop-shipping the products as middlemen.  We have supported the production of original artwork for over 25 years.

At AviationArtPrints.com, a large percentage of our stock is not available anywhere else.  Not only is this due to us publishing our own prints from the art we commission, but also due to our buying power, which has allowed us to buy up thousands of prints from other publishers and artists.  Most notably of our recent acquisitions was the entire collection of Nicolas Trudgian prints, which now almost invariably can no longer be found anywhere else.  

We are also committed to exploring new areas of aviation art - we don't just do Spitfires and Lancasters!  While 'classic' images are of course part of our inventory of stock, in recent years we have commissioned artwork depicting wide and varied types of aircraft, from early WW1 aircraft like the Otto Pusher to post-war test planes like the TSR-2.  In fact, at the time of writing, there are over 370 different aircraft types in our art database, with 8500 products in our massive online shop. 

As you browse our site, we think you will agree we have the largest selection of aviation artwork online.  We have made our website extremely easy to browse, with easy to use menus to find any aircraft, squadron or aviation artist, and we have even integrated our signature database of over 2000 pilots and aircrew into our menus.  In our experience, you will rarely find anything other than a mention of who has signed a print on other websites.  We have collated all the information we can gather about the signatures on each print and provided this as part of our website - you can click a name and be taken to a list of all the artwork they have signed.  If you collect signatures on your artwork, or just want to know more about any of the signatures on aviation art, you will not find a better resource on the internet than this website.

 

Focus on : British Aircraft

There are over 120 different British aircraft in our database.  Below are a few favourites and a menu showing all of them.

 

With the Battle of Britain at its height and the RAF stretched to breaking point, September of 1940 was a desperate time for the young pilots who fought gallantly to defend the UK against an imminent invasion. Among those brave few was the eighteen year old Geoffrey Wellum, shown here destroying a Heinkel He.111 on 11th September in Spitfire 1a K9998. The Heinkel fought back, peppering Wellum's Spitfire with holes, but the German bomber was mortally wounded and was seen to go down in flames

Spitfire

The classic British fighter of WW2 - a truly beautiful aircraft which has inspired so much aviation art.

Lancasters of 617 Sqn Dambusters get airborne from their Scampton base at the start of their journey to the Ruhr Valley on the night of 16th May 1943 under the codename Operation Chastise. These are aircraft of the First Wave, led by Wing Commander Guy Gibson, the Second Wave having already departed some ten minutes earlier to negotiate a more northerly route to their targets. On this momentous night, both the Möhne and Eder dams were successfully breached, whilst the Sorpe was also hit, but without serious damage. Of the nineteen aircraft that took part in the mission, eleven returned safely

Lancaster

The most widely recognised aircraft of Bomber Command - especially famed for the incredible Dambusters Raid.

One of the most versatile British aircraft of the second world war, the Mosquito was employed in many roles during the war, including as seen here, in photo reconnaissance

Mosquito

Known as The Wooden Wonder, the Mosquito was one of the fastest and most versatile aircraft in the RAF.

Britains highest scoring Typhoon ace, Wing Commander J R Baldwin sweeps above Utah Beach on a sortie in support of the Allied forces' drive into mainland Europe following D-Day in June 1944. He is shown flying one of his personal aircraft, Typhoon 1b MN935 JBII

Typhoon

With its iconic scoop under the nose, the Typhoon was successful both in aerial combat, and in the ground attack role.

British Aircraft Directory : Currently 120 Aircraft
 
Focus on : American Aircraft

We have aviation art featuring over 100 different American aircraft.  The directory below lets you easily see any of them, but here are a few of the most popular. 

 

This is the moment when Joe Peterburs began his chase after German ace Walter Schucks Messerschmitt Me262 on 10th April 1945, a combat that ended in victory for the American. But this was to be a day of mixed fortunes for Peterburs who was himself brought down some time later by ground fire whilst strafing an airfield   He was captured, but escaped and fought with a Russian tank unit to the battle of Wittenberg on the Elbe.

Mustang

The best known American fighter aircraft of WW2 - the P-51 Mustang is a classic of aviation design.

The B-17 Flying Fortress, was one of the most acclaimed aircraft of WW II. It is also one of those uniquely popular warbirds which has attracted more than its fair share of romance and nostalgia over the years. Nearly 13,000 of these aircraft were produced. The origins of the B-17 dates to 1934 when the Boeing company was authorized to build a prototype of a long-range, metal, monoplane, medium bomber which was designated Model 299. During the first public exposure of the prototype a reporter from the Seattle Daily Times coined the term flying fortress in his description of the new sleek, heavily armed aircraft. Boeings public relations department liked this reference, and shortly thereafter the aircraft became known as the Flying Fortress. Boeing received an initial order for 13 aircraft, designated the YB-17, and these aircraft were delivered in 1937. Later that year Boeing obtained orders for several enhanced models, which were designated B-17Bs. These aircraft had supercharged engines permitting higher ceilings, redesigned nose sections, hydraulic brakes, and larger rudders. With the outbreak of WWII the first Flying Fortresses were used by the RAF. Early experience by the RAF underscored the need for increased defensive firepower. Boeing responded by redesigning the entire rear fuselage on the aircraft, and incorporating a rear gun and a remotely controlled under belly turret gun. The resulting B-17E was only slightly slower than its predecessor at 317 MPH, and in mid-1942 the USAAF began moving B-17 units to the United Kingdom. These were primarily B-17Fs. Flying Fortresses had the ability to take a lot of punishment. The aircrafts flying characteristics were excellent, and it was not unusual for B-17s to return to base with large sections of wing surface or tail fin missing. The first B-17G models began to see action late in 1943, and were, along with the B-24 Liberators

Flying Fortress

The B-17 - dubbed the Flying Fortress - America's foremost bomber aircraft during WW2.

Lieutenant Robert C Wattenburger shows off the unique lines of the Vought F.4U Corsair 124723 (NP-8) of VC-3 during a low-level fly-by of USS Valley Forge in May, 1952.

Corsair

Used extensively in naval air combat, the F4U Corsair was at the forefront of the fight against Japan during World War Two.

P-38 Lightnings launching a surprise attack on a German freight train as it winds its way through the hills of Northern France towards the battle front, shortly before D-Day, 1944

Lightning

The distinctive P-38 Lightning fought on several fronts in WW2, with many of its pilots becoming Aces.

American Aircraft Directory : Currently 107 Aircraft
 
 

Focus on : German Aircraft

With over 70 different German aircraft in our database, our selection of art prints offers the best from WW1 and WW2.

 

Typical of great air battles fought in the skies above occupied Europe were the determined interceptions by Luftwaffe fighters, particularly upon the massed daylight raids mounted by the American Eighth Air Force. Major Herman Graf, Gruppenkommandeur of JG50, and Oberleutnant Alfred Grislawski, Staffelkapitan of 1./JG50, flying Me109G-6s lead an attack on B-17 Flying Fortresses of the 91st Bomb Group, high over Germany in early September 1943.

Me109

The ubiquitous Bf109 (or Me109) fought in the Spanish Civil War and was still a force to be reckoned with throughout WW2.

First of the Jets by Nicolas Trudgian

Me262

The first jet fighter - had the Me262 been introduced earlier, it may well have changed the outcome of the war.  It still stands as a remarkable feat of engineering.

The greatest ace of WW1, Manfred von Richthofen, the Red Baron is depicted here flying Fokker Dr.1, serial No 425/17, in its final guise following the introduction of the Balkenkreuze. This was the only Triplane flown by the Rittmeister that was painted all red and was also the aircraft in which he lost his life on 21st April 1918, the celebrated ace having scored a confirmed 80 victories against allied aircraft over France.

Fokker Dr.I

The mount of the infamous Red Baron in World War One, the sight of a Fokker Dr.I triplane struck fear into Allied pilots.

Within two days of the D-Day Normandy invasion, on 8 June 1944 Commander of US Air Forces in Europe, General Carl Spaatz, ordered a massive new offensive to halt the supply of oil to the enemy forces. As top priority his bombers would henceforth concentrate their attacks on Germanys oil refineries. Those in range of air bases in England would feel the full force of the Eighth Air Force, while the installations further south in Romania, Hungary, and southern Germany would be attacked by bombers of the Fifteenth Air Force based in Italy. To add to the pressure, RAF Bomber Command was coordinated to attack the refineries in the Ruhr by night. As the huge mass of American bombers streamed into the daylight skies, the Luftwaffe quickly changed tactics to counter the potentially devastating threat with a new specialist tactic - the Sturmgruppe. Flying their redesigned and heavily armoured Sturmbocke Fw190A-8 heavy fighters, pilots of the newly formed IV Sturm/JG3 Gruppe were urgently assigned the task of attacking the vast bomber streams in an effort to protect the refineries. Escorted into battle by Me 109s to hold off any escorting American fighters, the Fw190s tactic was to make en-masse lightning attacks on carefully selected targets. With the American bomber formations spread over miles of sky, the Sturmgruppe aimed for the less well defended centre of the stream, attacking from the rear with concentrated cannon fire. With the pilots of IV Sturm JG3 sworn on oath to press home their attacks at the closest possible range, even ramming their targets if necessary to ensure a kill, these desperate tactics were to inflict considerable damage to the allied bomber offensive during the final year of the war.

Fw190

The many variants of the Fw190 provided the most successful German pilots with countless air victories in World War Two.

German Aircraft Directory : Currently 72 Aircraft
 

 

 

 

Focus on : Italian Aircraft

Our collection of Italian aircraft art has recently grown rapidly with over 20 new paintings added.

 

The defense of Naples and southern Italy in World War Two was a desperate affair for the Regia Aeronautica who found themselves massively outnumbered as the Allied invasion progressed. Based at nearby Napoli-Capodichino, the Macchi 202s of 22º Gruppo Autonomo suffered terrible losses whilst trying to defend the port against the Allied heavy bombers, but nevertheless pressed home spirited attacks on the B-24s and their escorts. Here, Italian ace Maggiore Vittorio Minguzzi leads a trio of M.202s around the iconic crater of Mount Vesuvius

Macchi 202

 

The Italian Air Force's involvement in the Battle of Britain is one of the less documented facets of the conflict of 1940, but raids by aircraft of the Corpo Aereo Italiano (CAI) on mainland Britain were a reality in the closing stages, usually with little effect and almost always with high losses on the Italian side, due largely to obsolete aircraft and lack of pilot training. Based at Ursel in Belgium, Fiat BR.20 bombers flew over 100 sorties, usually escorted by Fiat CR.42s, as illustrated here, the nearest aircraft being that of 18º Gruppo's Commanding Officer Maggiore Ferruccio Vosilla, wearing the white fuselage band and command pennant on the fuselage side

Fiat CR42

 

Josef Kiss is depicted attacking a flight of Caproni Ca.III bombers above the Alps in a Hansa-Brandenburg C.1 of Flik 24 in 1916. He and his observer, Georg Kenzian successfully forced down two of these aircraft and returned to base safely, his own aircraft riddled with over 70 holes sustained during the combat. The Austro-Hungarian ace was to end the war with a total of 19 confirmed victories.

Caproni Ca3

 

Among the most celebrated of Italian bomber pilots was Capitano Carlo Emanuele Buscaglia, seen here claiming another victim in his Savoia-Marchetti SM.79, 281-5, of the 281a Suadriglia based in Libya in 1940. Their daring daylight attacks on Allied shipping in the Mediterranean caused havoc with the convoys that plied between Malta and Allied territories, with thousands of tonnes of shipping being sent to the bottom

Savoia-Marchetti SM79

 

 

 

 

 

See our aviation history timeline for all today's historical aviation events - air victories, aircraft losses and pilot details.

RECENT UPDATES TO OUR AVIATION HISTORY DATABASES
Pilot Officer Geoffrey Charles Smith added to aircrew database :
Killed on 4th July 1943 when his Stirling BK718 WP-M of No.90 Sqn was shot down and crashed near Cologne. He is buried in Overloon War Cemetery.
Updates made to Aircrew database for : H. J. Walters : Squadrons updated (added No.58 Sqn RAF), Squadron service dates updated
Updates made to Aircrew database for : J. N. A. James : Squadrons updated (added No.51 Sqn RAF), Squadron service dates updated
Updates made to Airframes database for : Flying Fortress 42-30042 : Squadrons updated (added 100th Bomb Group)
Updates made to Airframes database for : Hampden P4299 :
Updates made to Aircrew database for : P. F. G. Alcock : Squadrons updated (added No.78 Sqn RAF), Squadron service dates updated
Updates made to Aircrew database for : Salt : Squadrons updated (added No.51 Sqn RAF), Squadron service dates updated
Robinson added to aircrew database.
Updates made to Aircrew database for : : Airframes updated
Updates made to Aircrew database for : Flight Lieutenant Des Curtis : Aircraft updated, Squadrons updated, Squadron service dates updated
SEARCH OUR AVIATION HISTORY DATABASES

 

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