This handsome chap was a British Naval Seafire pilot aboard the H.M.S. Indomitable. He appears to be a lieutenant based on his sleeve insignia.
The Supermarine Seafire was the naval version of the Spitfire, modified for carrier operations. The British single-seat Spitfire was used by many of the Allied countries in World War 2, and was the most produced British Aircraft. It’s original role was as a short-range land-based interceptor, however as a carrier based fighter the design was a compromise and suffered many losses through structural damage caused by heavy landings on carrier decks. Subsequent modifications resulted in the center of gravity shifting, causing reduced controllability at low speeds. This meant landing on a carrier accurately was tough and the cause of many accidents.
This print would pair perfectly with our Free Art Download: RAF Pilot Getting a Haircut.
As always, this Free Art Download includes a built-in white matte border to give your framed piece that finished, polished look. I have become a huge fan of the Costco Photo Center: Get an amazing quality 16″ x 20″ poster print for only $6.53 tax included. Upload it online, and pick it up later that day. Even if you don’t have a Costco membership, if you plan on printing a few of these out it would probably be worth signing up for one. A similar print from Staples is $19.99!
If you’re going for a smaller print like an 11″ x 14″, the standard color print from Staples will work great. Simply have it printed on 11″ x 17″ paper and trim it to fit your frame. Should be less than $1.