Free Art Download: RAF Pilot Getting a Haircut Between Missions, 1942

RAF Pilot getting a haircut 1942 download print

This incredible image has been circling different sites like Reddit and Pinterest. It's a photo from 1942 of a Royal Air Force pilot getting his ears lowered, sitting on the runway while enjoying a read. (One Redditor found the book he's reading, Greenmantle by John Buchan, an espionage story published during World War 1 where undercover operatives survive with only their wits in enemy territory.)

There are so many things I love about this photo, the colors, the apparent calmness of these two gents during wartime, and of course the young pilot smoking a pipe. I searched around and found the largest version I could and prepared it to print just as we did with the Heminway image. This one has a very slight amount of pixel artifacting, but it is only noticable within a couple of inches.

To download, click on the link above, then click on “File” and “Download”.

Follow the instructions on the Hemingway post to have it printed for a dollar and set in a $5 frame. Be sure to choose color instead of black and white in the instructions.

If you make one I'd love to see it!

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Andrew is the founder and editor of Primer. He's a graduate of American University and currently lives in Los Angeles. Read more about Primer on our About page. On Instagram: @andrewsnavely and @primermagazine.

29 Comments

  • Reply March 20, 2013

    PB

    This one seems to be a lot smaller than the Hemingway image. What frame size do you suggest for this one?

    • Reply March 20, 2013

      Andrew

      This is actually the same printable size as the other, 11×14. The difference is this one is at 72dpi instead of 300, because it’s not available on the web at a larger size. That’s why you’ll see a little artifacting when you’re a few inches from it, but it still looks great I think. If you wanted/needed to print it smaller it should scale easily. The frame in the picture above is 11×14.

    • Reply March 20, 2013

      Andrew

      This is actually the same printable size as the other, 11×14. The difference is this one is at 72dpi instead of 300, because it’s not available on the web at a larger size. That’s why you’ll see a little artifacting when you’re a few inches from it, but it still looks great I think. If you wanted/needed to print it smaller it should scale easily. The frame in the picture above is 11×14.

      • Reply March 20, 2013

        Paul Sousa

        I am going to try printing it at 8.5×11 and will probably use an 8×10 frame. We’ll see, but for the cost it’s worth the risk.

  • Reply March 20, 2013

    Kyle Reading

    I plan on outfitting my condo i’m buying with the different pictures you keep posting. They are great, keep them coming!

    • Reply March 20, 2013

      Andrew

      Great! So glad you like them.

  • Reply March 20, 2013

    MGRPhoto

    Hey Andrew, is there a specific subreddit you’re pulling these from?

    • Reply March 20, 2013

      MGRPhoto

      I suppose what I’m asking, is there a sub for open source images like this?

      • Reply March 20, 2013

        Andrew

        Nope, the first one I found wasn’t on Reddit, this one was from r/pics then reposted to a few others. Actually, just looking for the original I found a new awesome pic from /oldschoolcool.

      • Reply March 20, 2013

        Jeff

        I’ve found http://www.reddit.com/r/oldschoolcool to have some great pics – give em a look!

  • Reply March 20, 2013

    TJ

    I suppose there is now way to enlarge this without making it look grainy and pixelated? It is a really cool picture though so I will definitely be making this no matter the size.

    • Reply March 20, 2013

      Andrew

      No, unfortunately. What size are you looking for?

      • Reply March 20, 2013

        TJ

        I’m not sure really. But if this is the biggest size that you could find online I guess it doesn’t matter.
        I love these posts by the way, please keep doing them. Maybe some that can make bigger pictures? Between these and the intentional apartment posts, my first post-college apartment is going to look great.

        • Reply March 20, 2013

          Andrew

          Hey TJ,

          How big would you be looking for?

  • Reply March 20, 2013

    Erick

    • Reply March 20, 2013

      Andrew

      Very interesting, thanks for sharing that.

      • Reply March 22, 2013

        James Grant Repshire

        I have to say, I think this article deserves inclusion above so more people see it. Very cool when you have people over to be able to tell them the history behind the photo! And just does justice to the subject.

  • Reply March 20, 2013

    Julian

    I’m currently in jet training right now with NATO and love this. Good stuff!

  • Reply March 30, 2013

    David Fogle

    These look great on my wall. Thanks, look forward to more!

  • Reply June 4, 2013

    robertsm85

  • Reply July 8, 2013

    Sprolsie

    All of the prints you’ve been sharing are awesome, and I thought you might like this one of Brad before his peak. Check it: http://allthingsstylish.tumblr.com/post/41546851834

  • Reply August 17, 2013

    Joseph Killoran

    When I went today to collect the print from Staples the lady at the counter asked me if it was a family photograph. I then nodded my head, put my pipe in my mouth and went about narrating the exploits of my air-ace grandfather 🙂

  • Reply September 3, 2013

    Nick B.

    So I want to use this picture in my hallway to cover a 15 1/2″ x 25″ circuit board box. Is that possible, or is the resolution too low making it look pixilated at that size?

  • Reply June 30, 2015

    Yingerman

    Here’s a higher resolution version. I tried to give it the same color palette and white frame as the one posted here on the site.

    This version is about 33% higher resolution, so it should make the photo a little more sharp. Hopefully uploading it here this doesn’t compress the photo.

    Cheers!

  • Reply June 30, 2015

    Yingerman

    Here’s a higher resolution version. I tried to give it the same color palette and white frame as the one posted here on the site.

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/18689446264/

    This version is about 33% higher resolution, so it should make the photo a little more sharp.

    Cheers!

    • Reply June 30, 2015

      Andrew

      Awesome, thank you!

      • Reply June 30, 2015

        Yingerman

        You’re quite welcome! Feel free to use this image on your site. I hope to see more soon 🙂

  • Reply February 23, 2017

    Raul

    Where can I get more high res pics to print out and “DIY” on a fram?

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