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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.
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.
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. 🙂
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A once familiar sight in the skies above Europe, the Hawker Siddeley Trident was the flagship of British European Airways, bringing speed, comfort and reliability to the new jet age. The Trident is most notable however for pioneering the automatic landing system that we take for granted today, being able to perform a near zero visibility landing while other aircraft would be grounded.
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.
Seen roaring off with another Transatlantic supersonic sprint is this British Airways Bae-Aerospatiale Concorde in a fictitious hybrid livery, mixing the Landor Associates liveried tail with the dark blue cheatline of the original British Airways livery.
I’m particularly proud of the smoke effects I put behind the aircraft’s engines, this being achieved by taking a brown pencil, lightly shading that area, then smudging it with my finger. I then coloured in the rest of the aircraft.
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.
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.
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. 🙂
Love or hate Ryanair, they do have a very good livery, which suits the Boeing 737 very well! This took about two weeks to do during September 2013, but the end result was far better than I’d expected.
Now this was a fun one to draw, I haven’t been to Los Angeles LAX since 2004, but I always remember seeing British Airways Boeing 747-400’s on the ground like this. This particular piece was done over a couple of weeks in Summer 2013 while I was away from University.
Another day, another Concorde! At the time I was on a real Concorde buzz throughout Summer 2015, and thus many of what I consider my best pieces were spawned from this creative little streak!
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.
I’m a real lover of the Boeing 767, a beautiful design that looks good in just about every livery an airline can put on it. My particular favourite though is the crisp and uniform lines of the recently replaced American Airlines livery that made its debut in 1970, here depicted on a Boeing 767-200 as it climbs away from a snowy airport with a Singapore Airlines Douglas DC-10 taxiing in the background.
A classic Concorde scene, drawn up over a couple of days in 2014, I wanted to capture the true beauty that was and always will be this magnificent Supersonic Airliner.