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Imperial Airways - Flying-Boats - Vintage Airline Poster

200mph Empire Flying Boats.

The Original lithograph in colours was created by Albert Brenet for Imperial Airways in 1937, printed by Haycock Press, London

Albert Victor Eugene Brenet was born 1903 in Harfleur, near Le Havre in northern France's Normandy region, where the Seine River meets the English Channel.He sketched the fishing boats and coastal craft that frequented his city as a youth and by 1920 at age 17 had earned a place at the École des beaux-arts in Paris.  He left school and arranged passage on the leaky old three-masted barque Bonchamps, one of the last remaining French sailing ships in commercial service. He spent seven months aboard her on the Australian voyage with an extended stay in the French West Indies. This unquestionably influenced his paintings.

He was awarded the Legion of Honor in 1946 for his service to the country and was made an official artist to all three service branches. He continued his work, specializing in Gouache board, and moved into illustrations for books (illustrating a release of Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days, in 1976), models, and continued his duties to the Republic, venturing out on the carrier Foch as late as the 1991. Albert Victor Eugene Brenet passed away in 2003.

After the biplanes, the next stage in Imperial Airways' aircraft procurement history was a logical step in its Empire role : it would free itself from the geographical and political difficulties of intermediate landing stages and use flying boats. Flying boats had already been in use by the airline for several years when in March 1933 the board proposed to the Air Ministry a major capital investment in new aircraft to enable the full working of the Empire Air Mail Scheme (EAMS) [*].

Imperial opted for flying boats partly because of the difficulty of maintaining airstrips in remote regions along their routes. The imagined cost of long runways was seen as a limiting factor in land plane development and the unlimited take-off length for flying boats meant that bigger aircraft could be used; thus the idea was born that flying-boats were the key to greater size. When the British government decided to go ahead with EAMS in 1934, 26 four-engined Short Empire "C" Class S23 was ordered straight from the drawing board and entered service from 1937. The Empire flying boats gave good service and enjoyed a reputation for great comfort among passengers. However, during three years of operations 28 per cent of the boats became total losses due to accidents, most of which would have been only minor had landplanes been involved [**].

* PRO, AVIA.2/636, Memorandum from the Board of Imperial Airways, Future of Civil Air Communications of the Empire, to Air Ministry, 28 March 1933, SAD/EGS/593.
** Imperial Airways. Pan American, for example, lost all three of its Martin M 130s.

Details:

    • The 'Imperial Airways - 200mph Flying-Boats' Poster has been created from an original poster.
    • The poster is digitally printed on high quality paper with vivid colour and exceptional detail.
    • We use Australia Post for International and Domestic Shipping.

    Poster Sizes:

      • A4 [210 × 297mm] - [8.3" X 11.7"]
      • A3 [297 × 420mm] - [11.7 X 16.5"]
      • A2 [420 × 594mm] - [16.5" X 23.4"]
      • A1 [594 × 841mm] - [23.4" X 33.1"]
      • A0 [841 × 1189mm] - [33.1" X 46.8"]

      Imperial Airways - Flying-Boats - Vintage Airline Poster

      • Brands Vintage
      • Product Code: AIR-1121_Imperial-Airways_200mph-Empire-Flying-Boats
      • Availability: In Stock
      • $15.50


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