The 'art of flight' is being re-examined in a new book dedicated to vintage aviation posters, publicity material and graphic design. With artworks from the likes of Edward Bawden, John Piper and Rex Whistler, British Aviation Posters charts air industry history, from the fledgling days of passenger flights to the launch of the Boeing 747 jumbo in the 1970s (accompanied by the strapline 'more sitting room in the sky').
The book draws on the extensive British Airways Heritage collection of advertising material. Penned by Scott Anthony and Oliver Green, it not only shows the changing trends of air travel but takes readers on a journey through British history, past the coronation and the 1948 London Olympic Games. Published by Lund Humphries, the book also shows how art and design were applied to promote aviation in the UK and beyond.