Tag Aircraft

On The Trapeze

In this image, the pilot of an F9C biplane -- the type usually carried by the airships ZRS-4 and ZRS-5 -- sits just out of the cockpit. His left arm is raised as he adjusts the strap of his flying helmet, his right arm is held just in front of him, palm down. His expression is slightly amused, or possibly tired.

An F9C pilot — apparently having just returned from patrol — signals the flight operations officer aboard ZRS-5.

Upon Two Seas

In the upper-left side of this image, we see the airship ZRS-5 hanging suspended in mid-air just above the low swells of a calm ocean. Stretching across the middle of the image, a Lapwing-class destroyer -- a U.S. Navy ship used as a seaplane tender in the early 1930s -- is holding station as its crew sends fuel oil to the airship via long supply lines hanging from the airship's keel. A lone F9C biplane races past on the far right.

ZRS-5 takes on provisions and fuel from an unidentified Lapwing-class destroyer as an F9C flies past.

Provisioning operations of this type were inherently dangerous due to the tendency of large airships to ‘weathervane’ with the wind. This could be offset to some degree by deploying tethered, sinkable sea anchors around the periphery of the ship prior to beginning resupply operations or anchoring the ship’s nose to a masted barge.

Open Sky

We see an F9C biplane receding from the perspective of the viewer, its right wings tilted high to lose altitude. Below the plane, a vast cloud deck stretches across a dark body of water.

An F9C on routine patrol falls away from ZRS-5 somewhere over the Indian Ocean.

(One might reasonably ask what ZRS-5 was doing over the Indian Ocean, of course. Answers are forthcoming.)

Heavy Weather

A lone pilot stands just before the right wing of his monoplane as it rests on a runway. In the distance, two large hangars may be discerned. Overhead, great banks of storm clouds rise high into the sky.

I don’t know how or when, but I know I’m going to spend a lot of time hanging out at Antique Airfield someday. Just look at this Caudron Racer! And this Stearman! Or this Curtis Jenny!

Landings VI

This illustration places the viewer at the end of a large airdock. In the foreground, a man is holding signaling paddles in a configuration intended to convey the presence of crosswinds and alignment to the pilots of an airship in the distance. Below the airship, a train of signal flags is being tossed about in the wind.

The world needs more airships.

1965 CCCP Aircraft Stamps


The various Soviet aircraft depicted in these stamps: Antonov An-22 (the world’s largest production aircraft until the advent of the C-5 Galaxy), Beriev Be-10 (jet-powered flying boat and patrol bomber), Antonov An-24, the Mil Mi-10 (a flying crane helicopter), and the Tupolev Tu-134.

Uh… Airship! Enemy Airship!

Calliope is demonstrating the universal sign of there-is-a-gargantuan-enemy-airship-getting-ready-to-fire-on-us.

…Or placing a bid in a very interesting auction! Too bad her friend is missing out!

Calliope’s Book : Stop + Rest

Stand clear! Calliope is taking a nap.

Calliope’s Book is a story about a little white cat who lives in a forested world of rusting mechanical chipmunks and shining metal wings.

What’s particularly special about the image?
1. For a digital image, it’s gigantic: 18 x 24 inches @ 600dpi.
2. Like the previous Speed + Time poster, this image contains parasignals.

This poster is now available in my deviantArt store.

Calliope’s Book : Stop + Rest Sketch Color

Closer and closer…

Calliope’s Book : Stop + Rest Sketch Refined

Moving closer to completion on this poster. I drastically simplified the center of the image over what was shown in the original. Simplification goes well with resting, no? I also redrew most of the line work to bring it up to spec.