Aviation Artwork

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747 at the gate

Being prepared for a late afternoon flight to distant shores is this Northwest Airlines Boeing 747-251B.

Northwest Airlines was one of the largest 747 operators in the world at one time, and used these aircraft primarily on their Transpacific Routes, marketed under the Northwest Orient brand, from the west coast of America (primarily from their hub in Seattle) to South Korea, Japan and Hong Kong.

The airline was among the last operators of 747-200’s in regular passenger service, with many other major carriers across the world having retired their fleets in the wake of the post-9/11 depression. Northwest kept their 747-200’s in mainline operation until 2007, but maintained a small fleet for military charters until 2009; after which they were finally put out to pasture following the arrival of Airbus A330’s.

Northwest Airlines itself would survive for just under a year before being merged with Delta Airlines in January 2010, bringing an end to one of America’s most recognised carriers.

Nocturnal Entrance

146 arrives at the gate

Seen pulling up to the gate after a regional hop is this British Aerospace Bae 146 in a fictitious livery.

A fair amount of work went into this one, especially the gradients on the apron and the gravel textures; which was done mostly with quite liberal use of the MS Paint spraycan tool.

Sunset of the Trijets

md-11 lax approach

Something a little different, this time we have the McDonnell Douglas MD-11, the last true Trijet airliner, coming in for a sunset landing at what is supposed to be Los Angeles LAX in California (though it looks nothing like it!).

This one was real fun to do, blending the colours to give a warm, desert style sunset glow on the white fuselage of the plane. 🙂

The Maine Attraction

146 descent rate

Seen descending towards Bangor International Airport in Maine, we see this British Aerospace 146 in a fictitious livery, with Exit 180 on I-95 down below in the background.

The BAe 146 was the UK’s best selling commercial airliner, with many units becoming the pride and joy of regional carriers and subsidiaries in the United States, a place once believed to be solely the stomping ground of Boeing and McDonnell Douglas.

Cloud City

avro flight

As the name suggests, the inspiration for this little drawing was the scene in Star Wars Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, where the Millennium Falcon approaches Cloud City during the latter half of the movie.

Here we have a British Aerospace 146 regional airliner cruising above orange clouds as it plies its merry trade.

Touchdown at Sundown

dc-10 landing wtc

With the Manhattan skyline forming the backdrop, a Douglas DC-10 makes its final approach at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport as the sun settles behind the Twin Towers.

Queen’s Royal

747 touchdown

Here, a Boeing 747-200 touches down at New York’s JFK Airport on a murky day, wearing a fictitious livery which is somewhere between Northwest Airlines and Cathay Pacific.

I would use an actual airline livery, but they get narky, even if it’s an obsolete livery.

Snow dust

743 departure

Here we see a Boeing 747-300 wearing a fictitious livery as it climbs away from New York’s John F. Kennedy airport with another long-haul flight.

The 747-300 was among the rarest and most obscure 747’s ever to fly, being introduced in the early 1980’s, only for it to become immediately obsolete following the announcement of the highly advanced 747-400.

Caravan holiday

Caravanning

One of the world’s less well known architectural gems, Kessock Viaduct in Inverness spans the Beauly Firth in the Highlands of Scotland, and, upon its opening in 1982, shaved up to an hour off the usual road journey time north from the city towards Wick, Thurso and John O’Groats.

Here we see a Cessna Caravan ambling above this superb structure while on another airborne endeavor.

Mister Mercury

Mercure pushback

Something of a hypothetical drawing, what if the obscure Dassault Mercure had made it big in America?

Here, one of these curious Gallic craft are seen being pushed back from the gate, wearing the 1990’s US Airways dark blue and grey livery.

King Caravan

caravan on the roll

Lining up for a departure, we have the classic Cessna 208 Grand Caravan, a sturdy and reliable little plane that has become the mainstay of many operations across the globe, either privately or for major airlines.

The Noble Viscount

the viscount lands

Coming in for a landing, one of Britain’s best selling and best loved aircraft, and one that pioneered the concept of the Turboprop, the Vickers Viscount 618, truly a magnificent aircraft that has come to define a generation of regional airliners.

Crossing the Golden Gate

767-over-san-fran

A pleasant little piece I’ve been working on for the past couple of days. I’ve actually wanted to get into drawing areas in and around San Francisco as of late, but I felt a proper introduction to the City by the Bay is how most people approach it for the first time, that being from the window of an arriving airliner. 🙂

Here we have a Boeing 767-200 in a fictitious livery passing over the Golden Gate Bridge on its approach to San Francisco International.

Had a lot of fun doing those water effects, and while they don’t look anything like sploshing waves I felt a need to be slightly abstract and a little silly. 🙂

Snow Down Below

AA 3

A conceptual piece drawn up as part of a short ongoing series from the window of a Boeing 767 as it flies across the various landscapes that make up the American mainland. This scene depicts a snowy mountain range, either in the American or Canadian Rockies.