Original U.S. “For The Record” 1946 Calendar by Thompson Products Featuring Artwork of the “Best Enemy Planes”
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a lovely example of a rather large wall calendar by Thompson Products of Cleveland, Ohio. Thompson Products began Charles H. Hubbell, 'aviation's pictorial historian', on his successful art career in 1934, creating paintings for the Thompson Products annual calendar. These plates on each month show World War II warplanes: FZG-76 Flying Bomb (Various Manufacturers) - German; Mitsubishi Navy 'O1' Bomber (Betty) - Japanese; Nakajima Navy 'O2' Torpedo Bomber (Jill) - Japanese; Mitsubishi Navy 'O' Fighter (Zeke) - Japanese; Messerschmitt ME-262 Jet-Propelled Fighter - German; Kawasaki Army 'O3' Fighter (Tony) - Japanese; Focke-Wulf FW-190 Fighter - German; Nakajima Army 'O2' Fighter (Tojo) - Japanese; Messerschmitt ME-410 Fighter-Bomber - German; Junkers JU-188 All-Purpose Bomber - German; Messerschmitt ME-109 Fighter - German; Heinkel HE-177 Heavy Bomber - German. Each plate shows a detailed machine in heavy action; below titles are listed span, length, height, crew, top speed, range, ceiling, armament, bomb load and engines.
The calendar is missing the front cover and the first few pages are completely separate from the calendar itself.
Comes more than ready for display.
Air warfare was a major component in all theaters of World War II and, together with anti-aircraft warfare, consumed a large fraction of the industrial output of the major powers. Germany and Japan depended on air forces that were closely integrated with land and naval forces; the Axis powers downplayed the advantage of fleets of strategic bombers and were late in appreciating the need to defend against Allied strategic bombing. By contrast, Britain and the United States took an approach that greatly emphasized strategic bombing and (to a lesser degree) tactical control of the battlefield by air as well as adequate air defenses. Both Britain and the U.S. built substantially larger strategic forces of large, long-range bombers. Simultaneously, they built tactical air forces that could win air superiority over the battlefields, thereby giving vital assistance to ground troops. The U.S. Navy and Royal Navy also built a powerful naval-air component based on aircraft carriers, as did the Imperial Japanese Navy; these played the central role in the war at sea.
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