Aviation posters: Selling the skies
A new collection portrays the changing face of flying. Simon Calder picks his favourites
Simon Calder’s career in travel started at Gatwick Airport, where he cleaned aircraft for Laker Airways and later worked as a security officer. He became The Independent’s Travel Correspondent in 1994, and is known as “the Man Who Pays His Way” because he does not accept free travel facilities. He writes across the Independent titles, as well as for the Evening Standard.
Sunday 15 July 2012
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
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