I went digging in the big library today and found a couple of Russian aviation books. These are all written in Cyrillic characters and I don’t know what they are all about, but one is clearly focused on female aviators of the great patriotic War and the other has a boss cover and graphic design.:
pilot poster
Both are the real deal, printed on mouldering Soviet toilet-paper paper. The Soviet Union lionized the female flight crews, so there are plenty of staged propaganda photos to work with:

As well as tons and tons of headshots and personal photographs:

All this stuff is in the public domain and I need to figure out a way to use it. I think I need a Photo manipulation genius to help out because the original illos are a little low contrast and dodgy.

Night Witches Treasure Trove

2 thoughts on “Night Witches Treasure Trove

  • February 15, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    The top one says “Stars on Wings.” Apparently written by an I.I. Babak. Besides names, the one under the plane reads, “And this is our “little swallow.””

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