Skip to main content

Home > Royal Aeronautical Society

Royal Aeronautical Society Collection

Fabulous images from the archive of the National Aerospace Library of the Royal Aeronautical Society, devoted to aviation and aerospace history

Choose a picture from our collection for your Wall Art and Photo Gifts

476 Items

Royal Aeronautical Society Collection: Photographic

Photographic Collection
8,257 Items

Background imageRoyal Aeronautical Society Collection: Supermarine Spitfire and Hawker Tempest aeroplanes

Supermarine Spitfire and Hawker Tempest aeroplanes
Supermarine Spitfire Mk. 1, Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vb, and Hawker Tempest aeroplanes, all in camouflage paint. 1940s

Background imageRoyal Aeronautical Society Collection: RAF Poster, Back Them Up! WW2

RAF Poster, Back Them Up! WW2
RAF Poster, Back Them Up!, showing a British Spitfire shooting down a German bomber during the Second World War. 1940s

Background imageRoyal Aeronautical Society Collection: Man riding on a steam rocket

Man riding on a steam rocket
The Flight of Intellect. A comic image of a thin man riding on a steam rocket, with his top hat flying off behind him. Portrait of Mr Golightly experimenting on Mess Quick & Speeds new patent high

Background imageRoyal Aeronautical Society Collection: Vauxhall Royal Balloon first ascent

Vauxhall Royal Balloon first ascent with 9 people, from Vauxhall, London. The maximum possible number of passengers was 28. 9 September 1836

Background imageRoyal Aeronautical Society Collection: Pan American Airways route map

Pan American Airways route map
Pan American Airways System global route map of the Flying Clipper Ships (passengers, mail, express). circa 1938

Background imageRoyal Aeronautical Society Collection: Poster, Zeppelin to South America

Poster, Zeppelin to South America
Poster advertising the German Zeppelin Hamburg-American Line, LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin airship service from Friedrichshafen, Germany, to Buenos Aires, Argentina. circa 1934

Background imageRoyal Aeronautical Society Collection: Boeing B-17 aeroplane

Boeing B-17 aeroplanes, one in blue, the other in camouflage colours. 1940s

Background imageRoyal Aeronautical Society Collection: RAF Poster, Back Them Up! WW2

RAF Poster, Back Them Up! WW2
RAF Poster, Back Them Up!, showing the capture of the German submarine U570 by a Lockheed Hudson plane of the British Coastal Command during the Second World War. 1941

Background imageRoyal Aeronautical Society Collection: Hensons Aerial Steam Carriage

Hensons Aerial Steam Carriage
The Aerial Steam Carriage -- sectional views of the boiler. This flying machine was patented by William Samuel Henson (1812-1888) and John Stringfellow (1799-1883) in 1842. 1843

Background imageRoyal Aeronautical Society Collection: Hensons Aerial Steam Carriage

Hensons Aerial Steam Carriage
The Aerial Steam Carriage -- enlarged view of the steam engine. This flying machine was patented by William Samuel Henson (1812-1888) and John Stringfellow (1799-1883) in 1842. 1843

Background imageRoyal Aeronautical Society Collection: Hensons Aerial Steam Carriage

Hensons Aerial Steam Carriage
The Aerial Steam Carriage -- enlarged view of the car or carriage. This flying machine was patented by William Samuel Henson (1812-1888) and John Stringfellow (1799-1883) in 1842. 1843

Background imageRoyal Aeronautical Society Collection: Hensons Aerial Steam Carriage

Hensons Aerial Steam Carriage
The Aerial Steam Carriage -- side view of the main frame, and plan of the controlling tail. This flying machine was patented by William Samuel Henson (1812-1888) and John Stringfellow (1799-1883)

Background imageRoyal Aeronautical Society Collection: Hensons Aerial Steam Carriage

Hensons Aerial Steam Carriage
The Aerial Steam Carriage -- underside view with covering fabric in place. This flying machine was patented by William Samuel Henson (1812-1888) and John Stringfellow (1799-1883) in 1842. 1843

Background imageRoyal Aeronautical Society Collection: Dolphin airship by Jean Samuel Pauly and Durs Egg

Dolphin airship by Jean Samuel Pauly and Durs Egg
A fish-shaped airshipdesign Dolphin by Jean Samuel Pauly and Durs Egg, c.1835. Date: circa 1835

Background imageRoyal Aeronautical Society Collection: Air Race for the Kings Cup Poster

Air Race for the Kings Cup Poster
Poster, Air Race for the Kings Cup, at Hatfield Aerodrome, with a stylised image of two planes racing. July 1934

Background imageRoyal Aeronautical Society Collection: Mr. Sadlers Ascent from Merton Fields, Oxford

Mr. Sadlers Ascent from Merton Fields, Oxford
James Sadlers ascent from Merton Fields, Oxford on 7th July 1810. Sadler became the first Englishman to ascend in a balloon (the first English Aeronaut) on 4th October 1784 from Christ Church Meadow

Background imageRoyal Aeronautical Society Collection: English Electric Canberra aeroplane

English Electric Canberra aeroplane
English Electric Canberra WH655 aeroplane. 1940s

Background imageRoyal Aeronautical Society Collection: Handley Page Harrow K6962 aeroplane

Handley Page Harrow K6962 aeroplane in camouflage colours. 1940s

Background imageRoyal Aeronautical Society Collection: Charles Greens Nassau balloon over Medway, Kent

Charles Greens Nassau balloon over Medway, Kent
View of Charles Greens Nassau balloon with several passengers, flying over the River Medway in Kent. 7 November 1836

Background imageRoyal Aeronautical Society Collection: Cover design, Exposition de Locomotion Aerienne

Cover design, Exposition de Locomotion Aerienne
Cover design, official catalogue of the 7th Exposition International de Locomotion Aerienne, Grand Palais, Champs Elysees, Paris, 12-27 November 1921

Background imageRoyal Aeronautical Society Collection: Popular Aviation Magazine

Popular Aviation Magazine

Background imageRoyal Aeronautical Society Collection: Cover design, Popular Aviation Magazine

Cover design, Popular Aviation Magazine combined with Practical Mechanics, showing two criminals in a red car being pursued by two policemen in a biplane

Background imageRoyal Aeronautical Society Collection: Western Airways Ltd Poster

Western Airways Ltd Poster
Poster, Norman Edgar Western Airways Ltd, Bristol to Cardiff Air Express, 15 minutes, 9 shillings and sixpence single fare

Background imageRoyal Aeronautical Society Collection: De Havilland Aircraft Company Poster

De Havilland Aircraft Company Poster
Poster, De Havilland Aircraft Company, From Mildenhall to Melbourne in 70 Hours 59 Minutes winning the Worlds Greatest Race

Background imageRoyal Aeronautical Society Collection: Cobham Air Routes Poster

Cobham Air Routes Poster
Poster, Cobham Air Routes, offering flights to Guernsey in 2 hours. With a map of the south coast. 20th century

Background imageRoyal Aeronautical Society Collection: Nord Air Express Poster

Nord Air Express Poster
Nord Air Express Air France - Sabena Poster, the direct route for Scandinavia, with a map showing routes between cities. 20th century

Background imageRoyal Aeronautical Society Collection: Jersey Airways Poster

Jersey Airways Poster
Poster, I d prefer Jersey Airways. A cartoon of animals powering and piloting a flying machine above a rough sea, with a Jersey Airways biplane high above them

Background imageRoyal Aeronautical Society Collection: Imperial Airways Poster, Travel Luxuriously

Imperial Airways Poster, Travel Luxuriously in the Worlds largest air liners, serving Europe, Africa, India and the Far East. Showing two pilots in the cockpit of a Heracles, and passengers boarding

Background imageRoyal Aeronautical Society Collection: Imperial Airways Poster, seaplane Scipio

Imperial Airways Poster, seaplane Scipio
Imperial Airways Poster, showing a diagrammatic drawing of the seaplane Scipio, one of the new Kent class, for use on the trans-Mediterranean service. 1931

Background imageRoyal Aeronautical Society Collection: Godards balloon ascent from the Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen

Godards balloon ascent from the Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen
Mademoiselle Godards - balloon ascent from the Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, Denmark. Date: 1837

Background imageRoyal Aeronautical Society Collection: Ascent of Mr Sadler, Nottingham

Ascent of Mr Sadler, Nottingham
The Ascent of Mr Sadler the celebrated British Aeronaut at Nottingham. 1 November 1813

Background imageRoyal Aeronautical Society Collection: Supermarine Type 365 Spitfire aeroplane

Supermarine Type 365 Spitfire aeroplane
Supermarine Type 365 Spitfire P.R. Mk. XI aeroplane, in blue with black and white stripes. 1940s

Background imageRoyal Aeronautical Society Collection: Mr Greens 100th balloon ascent

Mr Greens 100th balloon ascent from the Mermaid Tavern, Hackney, London. 14 May 1832

Background imageRoyal Aeronautical Society Collection: Cover design, Popular Aviation and Aeronautics

Cover design, Popular Aviation and Aeronautics Magazine, showing a passenger plane coming in to land at an airport at night. January 1929

Background imageRoyal Aeronautical Society Collection: RAF Poster, Back Them Up! WW2

RAF Poster, Back Them Up! WW2
RAF Poster, Back Them Up!, showing Hurricanes of the RAF cooperating with the Russian Air Force during the Second World War. 1940s

Background imageRoyal Aeronautical Society Collection: Royal Air Force Display Poster, Hendon

Royal Air Force Display Poster, Hendon, showing a biplane against a stylised red, white and grey background. 1933

Background imageRoyal Aeronautical Society Collection: Hensons Aerial Steam Carriage

Hensons Aerial Steam Carriage
The Aerial Steam Carriage -- view with covering fabric in place. This flying machine was patented by William Samuel Henson (1812-1888) and John Stringfellow (1799-1883) in 1842. 1843

Background imageRoyal Aeronautical Society Collection: Hensons Aerial Steam Carriage

Hensons Aerial Steam Carriage
The Aerial Steam Carriage -- view with covering fabric removed. This flying machine was patented by William Samuel Henson (1812-1888) and John Stringfellow (1799-1883) in 1842. 1843

Background imageRoyal Aeronautical Society Collection: Balloon event, Charles Green, Stowmarket

Balloon event, Charles Green, Stowmarket
Charles Green ballooning poster, advertising his 413rd ascent, from the Vicarage Grounds, Stowmarket in his Royal Victoria Balloon

Background imageRoyal Aeronautical Society Collection: Westland Whirlwind aeroplanes

Westland Whirlwind aeroplanes
Westland Aircraft Ltd, Whirlwind aeroplanes, mostly in camouflage colours. 1940s

Background imageRoyal Aeronautical Society Collection: Spanish lottery game

Spanish lottery game for children, Neuva Loteria De Los Globos (Juego para les ninos.) Num. 57. Made up of 52 small pictograms of various fanciful balloon designs. 1867

Background imageRoyal Aeronautical Society Collection: Use the Air Mail Poster

Use the Air Mail Poster
GPO Poster, Use the Air Mail, The Fastest Mail. Depicting the underside of a monoplane against a blue and black sky

Background imageRoyal Aeronautical Society Collection: Portsmouth, Southsea & Isle of Wight Aviation Poster

Portsmouth, Southsea & Isle of Wight Aviation Poster
Poster, Portsmouth, Southsea & Isle of Wight Aviation Ltd, Spithead Air Ferry to and from the island, winter fare seven shillings and sixpence return, seven services daily

Background imageRoyal Aeronautical Society Collection: Imperial Airways Poster, flights to Australia

Imperial Airways Poster, flights to Australia
Imperial Airways Poster, advertising flights to Australia taking ten and a half days. 1935

Background imageRoyal Aeronautical Society Collection: Imperial Airways Poster, four types of plane

Imperial Airways Poster, four types of plane
Imperial Airways Poster, showing four types of plane, with cutaway drawings of interiors of each class -- Heracles and Hannibal, Scylla, Atalanta, and Scipio. 20th century

Background imageRoyal Aeronautical Society Collection: Crinoline Parachute

Crinoline Parachute
A Crinoline Parachute. Date: 1802

Background imageRoyal Aeronautical Society Collection: Balloon event, Charles Green, Stockport

Balloon event, Charles Green, Stockport
Charles Green ballooning poster advertising his 75th ascent, from Stockport, under the patronage of Henry Hodgkinson, the Mayor, with a second ascent from Castle Yard, a band of music in attendance



All Professionally Made to Order for Quick Shipping