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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