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Background imageAir Force Collection: AI IMAGE - Spitfire aircraft flying over the White Cliffs of Dover, 1940s, (2023)

AI IMAGE - Spitfire aircraft flying over the White Cliffs of Dover, 1940s, (2023). Creator: Heritage Images
AI IMAGE - Spitfire aircraft flying over the White Cliffs of Dover, 1940s, (2023). British single-seat fighter aircraft used by the Royal Air Force and other Allied countries before, during

Background imageAir Force 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 imageAir Force 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 imageAir Force Collection: RAF bomber pilot and second pilot, 1941

RAF bomber pilot and second pilot, 1941. Brave yet cautious, cool yet daring. From Bomber Command. [His Majestys Stationery Office, London, 1941]

Background imageAir Force Collection: Life in the W. A. A. F. 1940

Life in the W. A. A. F. 1940
Life in the W.A.A.F. 1940. From Life in the W.A.A.F. booklet on the Womens Auxiliary Air Force (WaF), in Tucks Better Little Book series

Background imageAir Force Collection: Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vb, 1941. Artist: Chas Brown

Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vb, 1941. Artist: Chas Brown
Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vb, 1941. The iconic British Second World War fighter was designed by Reginald Mitchell. Powered by a Rolls-Royce Merlin engine

Background imageAir Force Collection: The Short Sunderland, 1941. Creator: Unknown

The Short Sunderland, 1941. Creator: Unknown
The Short Sunderland, 1941. The Short S.25 Sunderland was a British flying boat patrol bomber developed for the RAF by Short Brothers

Background imageAir Force Collection: The Consolidated Catalina, 1941. Creator: Unknown

The Consolidated Catalina, 1941. Creator: Unknown
The Consolidated Catalina, 1941. The Consolidated PBY Catalina, American flying boat and amphibious aircraft built by Consolidated Aircraft

Background imageAir Force Collection: Interrogation of Aircrews; W. A. A. F. Help In This Work, c1943. Creator: Cecil Beaton

Interrogation of Aircrews; W. A. A. F. Help In This Work, c1943. Creator: Cecil Beaton
Interrogation of Aircrews; W.A.A.F. Help In This Work, c1943. The Womens Auxiliary Air Force (WaF), whose members were referred to as WaFs

Background imageAir Force Collection: Sugg Sports and Radio, High Street, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, 1960

Sugg Sports and Radio, High Street, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, 1960. The High Street branch of Sugg Sports in Scunthorpe, showing some electrical goods and adverts to either rent or buy

Background imageAir Force Collection: Mitchel Funeral, 1918. Creator: Bain News Service

Mitchel Funeral, 1918. Creator: Bain News Service
Mitchel Funeral, 1918. Shows the funeral of John Purroy Mitchel (1879-1918) who served as mayor of New York City from 1914 to 1917

Background imageAir Force Collection: British kite balloon, 2 May 1918. Creator: Bain News Service

British kite balloon, 2 May 1918. Creator: Bain News Service
British kite balloon, 2 May 1918. A Royal Air Force Caquot kite balloon about to ascend with air mechanics holding the ropes, Gosnay, France, May 2, 1918, during World War I

Background imageAir Force Collection: British aviators getting instructions, 15 May 1918. Creator: Bain News Service

British aviators getting instructions, 15 May 1918. Creator: Bain News Service
British aviators getting instructions, 15 May 1918. The pilot and observer of a Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.8 biplane (serial number B5106) of No

Background imageAir Force Collection: British aviators consulting, between 1914 and 1918. Creator: Bain News Service

British aviators consulting, between 1914 and 1918. Creator: Bain News Service
British aviators consulting, between 1914 and 1918. British pilots probably during World War I

Background imageAir Force Collection: Studying aeroplane [i.e. airplane] rudder, 1917 or 1918. Creator: Bain News Service

Studying aeroplane [i.e. airplane] rudder, 1917 or 1918. Creator: Bain News Service
Studying aeroplane [i.e. airplane] rudder, 1917 or 1918. The instructor is here shown explaining the principles of lateral

Background imageAir Force Collection: Lufberry at Guynemer Memorial, 1917 or 1918. Creator: Bain News Service

Lufberry at Guynemer Memorial, 1917 or 1918. Creator: Bain News Service
Lufberry at Guynemer Memorial, 1917 or 1918. Fighter pilot Gervais Raoul Lufbery (1885-1918) who served in French Air Force and U.S. Army Air Service during World War I

Background imageAir Force Collection: Machine gun school, 12 Dec 1917. Creator: Bain News Service

Machine gun school, 12 Dec 1917. Creator: Bain News Service
Machine gun school, 12 Dec 1917 (date created or published later). Men becoming more familiar with the delicate mechanism of the automatic rifle as part of their aviation training

Background imageAir Force Collection: Aviators practicing telegraphy, 1917. Creator: Bain News Service

Aviators practicing telegraphy, 1917. Creator: Bain News Service
Aviators practicing telegraphy, 1917

Background imageAir Force Collection: Lt. Paul Montariol & class, 30 Jul 1917. Creator: Bain News Service. Lt

Lt. Paul Montariol & class, 30 Jul 1917. Creator: Bain News Service. Lt. Paul Montariol & class, 30 Jul 1917
Lt. Paul Montariol & class, 30 Jul 1917 (date created or published later). Lt. Paul Montariol (1889-1974) of the French flying corps who came to the U.S

Background imageAir Force Collection: Aviators, Mineola, between 1917 and 1918. Creator: Bain News Service

Aviators, Mineola, between 1917 and 1918. Creator: Bain News Service
Aviators, Mineola, between 1917 and 1918. Aviation training school at Mineola Air Station, Long Island, New York during World War I

Background imageAir Force Collection: Dayton flying field, 1917. Creator: Bain News Service

Dayton flying field, 1917. Creator: Bain News Service
Dayton flying field, 1917 (date created or published later). Aviation students at the Wilbur Wright Aviation camp at Wilbur Wright Field, near Riverside, Ohio, during World War I

Background imageAir Force Collection: Queen Mary visits aerodrome shed, 5 Jul 1917. Creator: Bain News Service

Queen Mary visits aerodrome shed, 5 Jul 1917. Creator: Bain News Service
Queen Mary visits aerodrome shed, 5 Jul 1917. Queen Mary of Teck leaving the aerodrome at Royal Flying Corps Headquarters at St. Omer, France on July 5, 1917, during World War I

Background imageAir Force Collection: Kaiser giving iron cross to aviators, between 1914 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service

Kaiser giving iron cross to aviators, between 1914 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service
Kaiser giving iron cross to aviators, between 1914 and c1915. Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany (1859-1941) giving iron cross medal to aviators during World War I

Background imageAir Force Collection: 1. K. Rockwell, 2. Capt. Thenault, 3. Norman Prince, 4. Lieut. DeLaage, 5. Sgt. E, Cowdin... 1916

1. K. Rockwell, 2. Capt. Thenault, 3. Norman Prince, 4. Lieut. DeLaage, 5. Sgt. E, Cowdin... 1916
1. K. Rockwell, 2. Capt. Thenault, 3. Norman Prince, 4. Lieut. DeLaage, 5. Sgt. E, Cowdin, 6. Sgt. Bert Hall, 7. J.R. McConnell, and 8. Victor Chapman, 26 Jun 1916 (created or published later)

Background imageAir Force Collection: Victor Chapman, Elliott Cowdin, Wm. Thaw, Norman Prince, K. Rockwell, Bert Hall, Lieut... c1915

Victor Chapman, Elliott Cowdin, Wm. Thaw, Norman Prince, K. Rockwell, Bert Hall, Lieut... c1915
Victor Chapman, Elliott Cowdin, William Thaw, Norman Prince, Kiffin Rockwell, Bert Hall, Lieutenant Delnage, J.R. McConnell, Captain Thenault, c1915

Background imageAir Force Collection: Aviator officer of Germany, Dec 1914. Creator: Bain News Service

Aviator officer of Germany, Dec 1914. Creator: Bain News Service
Aviator officer of Germany, Dec 1914 (date created or published later). German officers with aviator and airplane during World War I

Background imageAir Force Collection: Capt. Berthaut and Capt. Hoppe [i.e. Happe], between c1914 and c1918. Creator: Bain News Service

Capt. Berthaut and Capt. Hoppe [i.e. Happe], between c1914 and c1918. Creator: Bain News Service
Capt. Berthaut and Capt. Hoppe [i.e. Happe], between c1914 and c1918. Captain Maurice Happe, a French pilot of the Escadrille MF25 during World War I

Background imageAir Force Collection: Aviators decorated with iron cross: Saenger, Baas, Hahn, Ingold, Hug... between c1910 and c1915

Aviators decorated with iron cross: Saenger, Baas, Hahn, Ingold, Hug... between c1910 and c1915
Aviators decorated with iron cross: Saenger, Baas, Hahn, Ingold, Hug, Bremer, Reichert, between c1910 and c1915. Lieutenant Saenger, Lieutenant Baas, Lieutenant Hahn, Pilot Ingold, Lieutenant Hug

Background imageAir Force Collection: Our army attacks from sky, water and shore, and repulsed enemy of Siberia, c1919. Creator: Unknown

Our army attacks from sky, water and shore, and repulsed enemy of Siberia, c1919. Creator: Unknown
Our army attacks from sky, water and shore, and repulsed enemy of Siberia, c1919

Background imageAir Force Collection: En Chasse; A 2, 000 metres; un monoplan 'parasol' volant en pleine vitesse, au-desses... 1915

En Chasse; A 2, 000 metres; un monoplan "parasol" volant en pleine vitesse, au-desses... 1915
En Chasse; A 2, 000 metres; un monoplan "parasol" volant en pleine vitesse, au-desses de Nancy, vers Saint-Nicholas du Port, a la poursuite d'appareils ennemis, 1915

Background imageAir Force Collection: Lieutenant Gibson, portrait photograph, 1918 Nov. 5. Creator: Arnold Genthe

Lieutenant Gibson, portrait photograph, 1918 Nov. 5. Creator: Arnold Genthe
Lieutenant Gibson, portrait photograph, 1918 Nov. 5

Background imageAir Force Collection: Les Etats-Unis dans la guerre; Le sergent aviateur americain Victor Chapman, tombe... (1917)

Les Etats-Unis dans la guerre; Le sergent aviateur americain Victor Chapman, tombe... (1917). Creator: Unknown
Les Etats-Unis dans la guerre; Le sergent aviateur americain Victor Chapman, tombe au champ d'honneur, le 24 juin 1916, a Verdun, (1917)

Background imageAir Force Collection: Le jour de gloire; au coeur de Paris: le defile sur les grands boulevards jusqu'a la place

Le jour de gloire; au coeur de Paris: le defile sur les grands boulevards jusqu'a la place... 1919 Creator: Unknown
Le jour de gloire; au coeur de Paris: le defile sur les grands boulevards jusqu'a la place de la Republique; le drapeau de l'aviation porte par le lieutenant Fonck, 1919

Background imageAir Force Collection: Combat Aerien; Avion triplace, en mission photographique, protégé par un Spad, 1918

Combat Aerien; Avion triplace, en mission photographique, protégé par un Spad, 1918. Creator: Etienne Cournault
Combat Aerien; Avion triplace, en mission photographique, protege par un Spad, 1918. From "L'Album de la Guerre 1914-1919, Volume 2" [L'Illustration, Paris, 1924]

Background imageAir Force Collection: Combat Aerien; Escadre de bombardement de jour, volant au-dessus de la mer de nuages... 1918

Combat Aerien; Escadre de bombardement de jour, volant au-dessus de la mer de nuages... 1918
Combat Aerien; Escadre de bombardement de jour, volant au-dessus de la mer de nuages, pour chercher a l'arriere des lignes ennemies les concentrations de troupes

Background imageAir Force Collection: Combat Aerien; Au combat avec l'infanterie; La guerre de mouvements reparu en 1918

Combat Aerien; Au combat avec l'infanterie; La guerre de mouvements reparu en 1918. Creator: Maurice Busset
Combat Aerien; Au combat avec l'infanterie; La guerre de mouvements reparu en 1918 procure a l'aviation une incarnation nouvelle et la transforme en cavalerie aerienne; escadrille de

Background imageAir Force Collection: Combat Aerien; Parmi les forces alliees aerienes; Montage d'areoplanes repares dans un

Combat Aerien; Parmi les forces alliees aerienes; Montage d'areoplanes repares dans un... 1917-18 Creator: Unknown
Combat Aerien; Parmi les forces alliees aerienes; Montage d'areoplanes repares dans un atelier de parc d'armee; le service des reparations etait peut-etre le plus parfait de toute la

Background imageAir Force Collection: Combat Aerien; Six Allemands 'Descendus' en deux heures; le Sous-Lieutenant Fonck... 1918

Combat Aerien; Six Allemands "Descendus" en deux heures; le Sous-Lieutenant Fonck... 1918. Creator: Unknown
Combat Aerien; Six Allemands "Descendus" en deux heures; le Sous-Lieutenant Fonck, officier de la Legion D'Honneur, apres ses six victoires aeriennes du 8 mai 1918, 1918

Background imageAir Force Collection: Combat Aerien; Un raid de jour; Escadre Francaise sur l'objectif; des usines au d'une... 1918

Combat Aerien; Un raid de jour; Escadre Francaise sur l'objectif; des usines au d'une... 1918
Combat Aerien; Un raid de jour; Escadre Francaise sur l'objectif; des usines au d'une riviere, 1918. From "L'Album de la Guerre 1914-1919, Volume 2" [L'Illustration, Paris

Background imageAir Force Collection: Combat Aerien; en escadre; Escadre de bombardement en expedition...1918. Creator: Etienne Cournault

Combat Aerien; en escadre; Escadre de bombardement en expedition...1918. Creator: Etienne Cournault
Combat Aerien; en escadre; Escadre de bombardement en expedition; les escadrilles, composees de quinze appareils, sont formees en "vol de canard" et accompagnees a l'arriere

Background imageAir Force Collection: Combat Aerien; en escadre; depart d'une escadre; trois escadrilles sont deja formees... 1918

Combat Aerien; en escadre; depart d'une escadre; trois escadrilles sont deja formees... 1918
Combat Aerien; en escadre; depart d'une escadre; trois escadrilles sont deja formees en l'air et evoluent tandis que d'autres avions decollent, 1918

Background imageAir Force Collection: Combat Aerien; Un Bombardement Aerien; Avion Breguet Lancant ses bombes de 90, 1918

Combat Aerien; Un Bombardement Aerien; Avion Breguet Lancant ses bombes de 90, 1918. Creator: Unknown
Combat Aerien; Un Bombardement Aerien; Avion Breguet Lancant ses bombes de 90, 1918. From "L'Album de la Guerre 1914-1919, Volume 2" [L'Illustration, Paris, 1924]

Background imageAir Force Collection: Combat Aerien; 'Au Nom De Guynemer…..'; Le capitaine Heurteaux, convalescent... 1917

Combat Aerien; "Au Nom De Guynemer….."; Le capitaine Heurteaux, convalescent... 1917. Creator: Unknown
Combat Aerien; "Au Nom De Guynemer....."; Le capitaine Heurteaux, convalescent d'une grave blessure, et le sous-lieutenant Fonck, decores au nom de Guynemer, 1917

Background imageAir Force Collection: Combat Aerien; 'Au Nom De Guynemer…..'; sur le terrain d'ou Guynemer s'envola... 1917

Combat Aerien; "Au Nom De Guynemer….."; sur le terrain d'ou Guynemer s'envola... 1917
Combat Aerien; "Au Nom De Guynemer....."; sur le terrain d'ou Guynemer s'envola pour la derniere fois, le general Anthoine, commandant la 1re armee, lui adresse un supreme adieu

Background imageAir Force Collection: Combat Aerien; Guynemer; le visage 'effrayant' de Guynemer au moment de l'action, 1917

Combat Aerien; Guynemer; le visage "effrayant" de Guynemer au moment de l'action, 1917. Creator: Unknown
Combat Aerien; Guynemer; le visage "effrayant" de Guynemer au moment de l'action, 1917. From "L'Album de la Guerre 1914-1919, Volume 2" [L'Illustration, Paris, 1924]

Background imageAir Force Collection: Combat Aerien; Guynemer, Capitaine de la Veille, recoit le 19 fevrier 1917 la visite... 1917

Combat Aerien; Guynemer, Capitaine de la Veille, recoit le 19 fevrier 1917 la visite... 1917. Creator: Unknown
Combat Aerien; Guynemer, Capitaine de la Veille, recoit le 19 fevrier 1917 la visite et les felicitations du ministre de la guerre, 1917

Background imageAir Force Collection: Combat Aerien; Guynemer; Le jeune heros sur son Nieuport de Chasse, 1917. Creator: Unknown

Combat Aerien; Guynemer; Le jeune heros sur son Nieuport de Chasse, 1917. Creator: Unknown
Combat Aerien; Guynemer; Le jeune heros sur son Nieuport de Chasse, 1917. From "L'Album de la Guerre 1914-1919, Volume 2" [L'Illustration, Paris, 1924]

Background imageAir Force Collection: Combat Aerien; Guynemer, sergent, photographie avec le capitaine Brocard... 1916. Creator: Unknown

Combat Aerien; Guynemer, sergent, photographie avec le capitaine Brocard... 1916. Creator: Unknown
Combat Aerien; Guynemer, sergent, photographie avec le capitaine Brocard, le 5 fevrier 1916, apres sa 5me victoire, 1916. From "L'Album de la Guerre 1914-1919



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