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16 November 2007


This is unbelievable!!! Since I started flying I have yet to see another book with such clear, concise, and easy to understand graphics. A pic is worth a thousand words, and this book is worth a million.

This is great! Is the complete book available anywhere (pdf perhaps)?

These illustrations are brilliant.
Talking about Harley Earl though, I know it's the accepted story that he got the idea for tailfins from the P-38 Lightning, but on Richard Earl's tribute website to his grandfather, he claims that the tailfin idea was knocking about earlier than that, and has pictures of a customised 1936 Cadillac that Earl did for Hollywood actor Buck Jones, with rounded tailfins.
Here's the link, www.carofthecentury.com/tail_fins_rising.htm
Scroll down near the end of the page.

Didn't the Buick Y-Job have tailfins (1938)?

And yeah, did you find a copy of this book for your own? I like it so much I'd like to get one too.

This looks absolutely incredible. There are a couple of copies available on Amazon for those who are interested. I already ordered one!

I was wrong. It was the Buick LeSabre concept that had tailfins, not the Y-Job.

And I ordered a copy of the book, too. Hope it's in decent shape..

amazing illustrations. You never see books illustrated like these old ones anymore. Thank you for sharing this.

Why has Detroit's Auto World Been Crooked for Decades Now?

This is not a question that may be answered in one sentence, as the process which led to this demise began in 1958, when Harley Earl, the man behind the scenes, was conveniently deposed. Ever since then, Detroit's megaphone (especially the one at GM) marginalized his story and modern milestones. My inquiry which began as a curiosity well over 10 years ago, inspired by an affinity for the auto design industry and admiration for a man who was unquestionably instrumental in "creating the central universe of what makes the modern auto industry tick today" (naturally, this affected how aero products were mass produced in the USA directly before, during and after WW II) revealed intrigue, conspiracies, chair-spinning scandals and a silent coup, which subsequently served as the catalyst triggering a new era: The beginning of the demise of GM. Let’s examine why GM has never let the business side of this story leak out of Detroit, and reveal how high-ranking "the auto design equation" is to the long-term success of their company and the entire auto world economy.

Also, most people just don't know it, but GM was the largest designer and/or builder of war planes "in the world" at the end of WW II.

I friend of mine has seen it and says that it's great. He is a pilot and says that the illustrations are really great.

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Why would anyone ever illustrate anything like this nowadays when you can just ask some kid to Photoshop something up for $50 so he can have something for his portfolio.

I wish I grew up before Photoshop, I'd be rich.

We have a copy of FLIGHT thru INSTRUMENTS up for sale on eBay.

It is up for auction on eBay. Your chance to own a pristine copy of an unbelievable book.

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Thanks for this chock-a-block article and all the links about the fascinating backstory of Flight Thru Instruments, NAVAER 00-80W-7! It is an astonishing example ‑ quintessentially American - of mid-20th century Graphic Design and Illustration at their modernist best. And by the US Navy - definitely one for the "Who Knew?" file!

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Excellent art.....I m quite interested to know about photoshop work....This looks absolutely incredible.

What an amazing work! I heard you can do great things in photoshop but really!
Can you get this good buy studying online?

Thanks again for sharing all your entry! I agree with them all!

It is up for auction on eBay. Your chance to own a pristine copy of an unbelievable book.

Why would anyone ever illustrate anything like this nowadays when you can just ask some kid to Photoshop something up for $50 so he can have something for his portfolio.

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