US Naval Aviation Training Division

RAF Hawker Typhoon World War 2 US airplane

Original aeroplane identification poster, 1942


A particularly unusual style of aeroplane identification poster, owing to the very arty images. Most such posters rely on very plain silhouettes, this series – and we have several in this series (click here) – have a much more arty approach to the task with shading and an interesting angle view.

The Typhoon is a single-seat fighter-bomber nicknamed the ‘Tiffy’. Designed as a replacement for the Hawker Hurricane it never completely satisfied this expectation. However it was the only RAF fighter capable of catching the Fw 190 at low altitudes when the latter came into service in 1941. It became one of the most effective ground-attack aircraft of the Second World War. 3317 were produced and only one complete Typhoon still exists which belongs to the Royal Air Force Museum in Hendon.

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