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Background imageSkies Collection: Formation Fighting Wwi

Formation Fighting Wwi
Formation fighting between German and British aeroplanes - a battle in the skies during World War One. Note the colourful paintwork of the German planes

Background imageSkies Collection: Myth / German and Norse

Myth / German and Norse
The wolves Skoll (repulsion) and Hati (hate) pursue Sol (sun) and Mani (moon) across the skies; if they should catch them, the world will be plunged again into darkness

Background imageSkies Collection: The Battle of Britain

The Battle of Britain
A circular painting depicting the brave men of the Royal Airforce on the ground and in action during the Battle of Briatin

Background imageSkies Collection: The Mystery Of Squadron X

The Mystery Of Squadron X
An illustrated front cover for The Mystery Of Squadron X, written by Walter Tyrer, no. 53 in the pulp fiction series, The Sexton Blake Library

Background imageSkies Collection: The Plane - and the Beautiful by Albert Bailey

The Plane - and the Beautiful by Albert Bailey
A group of young women, attired in elegant swimwear, wave to an aeroplane flying up ahead. Date: 1927

Background imageSkies Collection: Britains Brabazon I passenger aircraft by G. H. Davis

Britains Brabazon I passenger aircraft by G. H. Davis
A Leviathan of the skies: Britains Brabazon I airliner, designed to carry 72 long-distance passengers. A mammoth aerial express able to cover the England-Australia route in 48 hours

Background imageSkies Collection: Night slid down. Illustration by Florence Harrison to Tennysons poem The Gardener s

Night slid down. Illustration by Florence Harrison to Tennysons poem The Gardener s
Night slid down. Illustration by Florence Harrison to Tennysons poem The Gardeners Daughter. Date: c.1920

Background imageSkies Collection: Unhabitable by Charles Pears

Unhabitable by Charles Pears
Painting by maritime artist, Charles Pears of a warship, visible sailing over the horizon under a dramatic sky of billowing clouds. Presumably the ship is named Unhabitable

Background imageSkies Collection: Airborne Musicians

Airborne Musicians
This band has taken to the skies in their airship - folk down below may take their efforts for the music of the spheres

Background imageSkies Collection: Tupolev Tu-154M RA-85655

Tupolev Tu-154M RA-85655
Russian Air Force - Tupolev Tu-154M RA-85655 (msn 89A798), of the Y.A.Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center and the Russian Open Skies unit. Date: circa 2005

Background imageSkies Collection: Beautiful illustration showing a group of rainbow-hued fairies following a ship sailing

Beautiful illustration showing a group of rainbow-hued fairies following a ship sailing through the clouds. c.1925

Background imageSkies Collection: Storming The Beach Date: 1943

Storming The Beach Date: 1943

Background imageSkies Collection: Cape Wrath headland and lighthouse from seaward - Scotland

Cape Wrath headland and lighthouse from seaward - Scotland
Cape Wrath headland and lighthouse from seaward. North western tip of Scotland. The picture was taken from the 27ft sailing boat Jalcyon during her 3000 mile cruise around the entire coast of

Background imageSkies Collection: Behind the ship by Florence Mary Anderson

Behind the ship by Florence Mary Anderson
Beautiful illustration showing a group of rainbow-hued fairies following a ship sailing through the clouds. c.1925

Background imageSkies Collection: Antonov An-30B 81 Yellow

Antonov An-30B 81 Yellow
Ukraine Air Force - Antonov An-30B 81 Yellow (msn 06-09), of Ukraine Open Skies, used to provide material for the Treaty on Open Skies

Background imageSkies Collection: Hawker Siddeley Andover C. 1(PR) XS596

Hawker Siddeley Andover C. 1(PR) XS596
Royal Air Force - Hawker Siddeley Andover C.1(PR) XS596, of United Kingdom Open Skies, used to provide material for the Treaty on Open Skies. Date: circa 2000

Background imageSkies Collection: WW2 - Five Survive

WW2 - Five Survive
An illustrated front cover for a WW2 story book, Five Survive, written by Charles Graves. The image shows a number of British fighter planes in the skies. Date: circa 1940s

Background imageSkies Collection: WW2 - The V For Victory Book For Boys

WW2 - The V For Victory Book For Boys
An illustrated front cover for a children's WW2 book of short stories, The V For Victory Book For Boys. The image shows a boy looking to the skies

Background imageSkies Collection: WW2 - Jack Frere Of The Paratroops

WW2 - Jack Frere Of The Paratroops
An illustrated front cover of a WW2 children's book, Jack Frere Of The Paratroops, written by Major J. T. Gorman. The image shows a British WW2 paratrooper falling from the skies

Background imageSkies Collection: WW2 - This Above All

WW2 - This Above All
An illustrated front cover for a WW2 story book, This Above All, written by Eric Knight. The image shows a wartime couple, looking worriedly to the skies by a cliff's edge

Background imageSkies Collection: WW2 - An Improved Supermarine Spitfire

WW2 - An Improved Supermarine Spitfire
An illustration of a British WW2 Supermarine Spitfire fighter plane soaring through the skies. Date: circa 1940s

Background imageSkies Collection: WW2 Christmas Card, The Fighter

WW2 Christmas Card, The Fighter
A WW2 Christmas greetings card, the illustration shows a British fighter plane taking down a German aircraft which falls from the skies. Date: 1941

Background imageSkies Collection: WW2 Christmas Card Illustration

WW2 Christmas Card Illustration
A WW2 Christmas greetings card illustration issued by the directors and staff of dairy companies including Dried Milk Products Limited, Cow & Gate Limited and Home Counties Dairies Limited

Background imageSkies Collection: Supermarine Spitfire VB

Supermarine Spitfire VB
This illustration shows how the British Supermarine Spitfire VB Rules the skies! Date: circa 1940s

Background imageSkies Collection: WW2, Little Bo Peep

WW2, Little Bo Peep
This illustration shows Peter the Royal Air Force Pilot, helping Little Bo Peep, by giving her the location of her lost sheep, after spotting them from the skies. Date: circa 1940

Background imageSkies Collection: WW2, Paratroop

WW2, Paratroop
An illustration of a little bow dressed in the uniform of a WW2 paratrooper, he is falling from the skies in his parachute. Date: circa 1940s

Background imageSkies Collection: Paris

Paris
A painting of an extremely busy street in Paris, France, with pedestrians, horse drawn carts and trams travelling the junction. The Eiffel tower can be seen dominating the skies in the background

Background imageSkies Collection: Vergil's First Eclogue Woodcuts

Vergil's First Eclogue Woodcuts
A series of three woodcut prints (first state) depicting scenes of nature under light and dark skies. These subjects were used from Ambrose Phillips imitation of Vergil's First Eclogue (1821)

Background imageSkies Collection: Germany and France - Conquest of the Air 1907

Germany and France - Conquest of the Air 1907
German and France, rivalry between two air-ships. The German air-ship that stayed up the longest for three hours over Berlin, over the French rival La Patrie. Date: 1907

Background imageSkies Collection: How to Make Roof-Spotting a Pleasure

How to Make Roof-Spotting a Pleasure
William Heath Robinson invention for keeping watch from attack. A warden perched up high above the streets with an umbrella for protection, tea-cup-holder and an easy chair. Date: 1941

Background imageSkies Collection: A Warm Welcome for Every Parachutist

A Warm Welcome for Every Parachutist
Sixth column strategy: Foresight plans, if London gets invaded by landing Germans dropping from the skies dressed as British civilians they would be collected up by cyclist with tubs of hot boiling

Background imageSkies Collection: BIPLANE DOG FIGHT

BIPLANE DOG FIGHT
Death takes wing over the skies of Europe as another plane is shot down in flames Date: 1917

Background imageSkies Collection: LARGE AERIAL DOGFIGHT

LARGE AERIAL DOGFIGHT
The skies over Europe are filled with warring aircraft; Spads battle with Fokker D.VIIs in a fight to the death Date: 1918

Background imageSkies Collection: Hawker Siddeley Andover C. 1 XS596

Hawker Siddeley Andover C. 1 XS596
Royal Air Force - Hawker Siddeley Andover C.1(PR) XS596 (msn 1574), Open Skies verification aircraft. Date: circa 1984

Background imageSkies Collection: Antonov An-30B 1107

Antonov An-30B 1107
Czech Air Force - Antonov An-30B 1107 (msn 1107), of 344 PzDLt, assigned to Open Skies arms verification flights. Seen at the Royal International Air Tattoo - RAF Fairford 22 July 1995. Date: 1995

Background imageSkies Collection: United States Air Force - Boeing OC-135W 61-2670

United States Air Force - Boeing OC-135W 61-2670 (MSN 18346), on approach to RAF Mildenhall circa February 1999. Built as a C-135B-BN Stratolifter and converted to WC-135B weather aircraft

Background imageSkies Collection: At last I heard a voice up on the slope cry to the summit, is there any hope

At last I heard a voice up on the slope cry to the summit, is there any hope. Illustration by Florence Harrison to Tennysons poem, The Vision of Sin. Date: c.1920

Background imageSkies Collection: Scenes in the life of a Stuart Gentleman

Scenes in the life of a Stuart Gentleman during the reign of King Charles I, with his thoughts in the skies and his feet firmly on the ground. (2 of 2) Date: 1630s

Background imageSkies Collection: An Every-day Scene in 1917 by W. E. Wigfull

An Every-day Scene in 1917 by W. E. Wigfull
Women and children working on the land take a moment to gaze up at the sky as a military aircraft flies above. 1917

Background imageSkies Collection: Selection of fashionable hats 1929

Selection of fashionable hats 1929
Shady hats for cloudless skies. Selection of womens hats. 1929

Background imageSkies Collection: VERSAILLES FONTAINE

VERSAILLES FONTAINE
MONTAGNE DEAU (which can be loosely translated as : Mountain of Water) with mythological figures in the skies and on the ground Date: 1688

Background imageSkies Collection: CI8 ASTRONOMERS

CI8 ASTRONOMERS
Astronomers of the 18th century observe the skies and discern the figures of the Zodiac Date: 18th century

Background imageSkies Collection: Egyptian Creation Myth

Egyptian Creation Myth
An Egyptian depiction of the CREATION; sustained by the Earth, receiving life from the Skies, warmed by the Sun, the vessel of Life sails down the Nile

Background imageSkies Collection: Dark stormy skies above Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland

Dark stormy skies above Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland, seen on the horizon beyond the causeway to Holy Island. Picture taken from Berwick upon Tweed Date: 2014

Background imageSkies Collection: Dawn rays of winter sun on town hall clock tower, Berwick

Dawn rays of winter sun on town hall clock tower, Berwick
Dawn rays of golden winter sun highlight the town hall clock tower of Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, England. A dark, threatening sky above Date: 2014

Background imageSkies Collection: Bacino San Marco - Venice, Italy - Atmospheric Photograph

Bacino San Marco - Venice, Italy - Atmospheric Photograph. Date: circa 1908

Background imageSkies Collection: Egypt - Acacia tree in Arabian desert

Egypt - Acacia tree in Arabian desert. approx. 50 km from Hurghada town

Background imageSkies Collection: RUSSIA - Arctic tundra, melting snows, tundra of

RUSSIA - Arctic tundra, melting snows, tundra of Taimyr peninsula near Kara Sea



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