Aviation posters: Selling the skies

A new collection portrays the changing face of flying. Simon Calder picks his favourites

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For the first six or seven decades of powered flight, aviation was the preserve of the brave, the reckless and the rich – and usually glamorous – few. Passengers paid a fortune to fly slowly and dangerously around the world. Yet through the prism of 21st-century aviation, many travellers look fondly back at what is seen as the "golden age of flying". A new collection of British aviation posters shows the way we (or rather they) travelled. These are some of the finest.

'British Aviation Posters: Art, Design and Flight' is published by Lund Humphries in association with British Airways (£35). You can also see some of the original artworks at BA's Speedbird Centre near Heathrow