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5 Squadron Lightning ‘Last of the Few’

The legendary English Electric Lightning was the RAF’s first supersonic jet fighter. Renowned for its sensational performance it retired from squadron service with 5 Squadron after a twenty-nine year career defending Britain’s skies.

44 Squadron

Formed in 1917, 44 Squadron was the first RAF Squadron to be fully equipped with the legendary Avro Lancaster. After taking taking part in record-breaking long-range missions during the Falklands War, it was disbanded in 1982 with the retirement of the Vulcan bomber.

 

110th Special Investigations Unit

An homage to Jack Reacher, author Lee Child’s iconic hero. Reacher led the fictional 110th Special Investigations Unit, an elite outfit formed to handle the US Army Military Police’s toughest cases.

617 Vulcan Squadron

Our tribute to the RAF’s legendary Dambusters. 617 Squadron RAF wrote their name in history with the dams raid during World War Two. Equipped with the iconic Avro Vulcan during the Cold War 617 was on alert as part of the UK’s nuclear deterrent force.

A Spaceship Has Landed On Earth

In spring of 1981, the world’s first reusable spacecraft blasted off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. After two days on orbit, space shuttle Columbia was flown back to earth by her captain, moonwalker John Young, for a perfect landing at Edwards Air Force Base. Our design pays respect to this revolutionary flying machine – the fastest and highest flying winged vehicle there’s ever been – and to the men and women who built her.

 

Air Guinee

Air Guinee operated out of Conakry International Airport in Guinea for forty years. Now defunct, the airline’s unusual collection of Soviet and Western airliners are long gone, leaving behind nothing but a very cool retro logo. Here’s our tribute to that.

Air Zaire

From the country that brought you the Rumble in the Jungle. Air Zaire was born when the Democratic Republic of Congo became Zaire in 1971. Now long gone, they operated out of Kinshasa for over twenty years. Our take on this defunct airline’s iconic logo is a tribute to a classic piece of seventies design..

Beware of Jet Blast

The flight deck of an aircraft carrier is one of the most dangerous places on earth. Good thing there are plenty of reminders around. This design was inspired by a warning painted on the island of the USS Intrepid Air and Space Museum in New York City.

 

BKS Air Transport

Started as a charter airline in 1952, BKS began operations with a single DC-3. Based in England’s North-East, over the next eighteen years they flew everything from explosives to Cliff Richard until they were absorbed by a competitor in 1970. Here’s our take on their logo.

Black Panther Squadron

Inspired by Herge’s classic Red Sea Sharks adventure. While investigating illegal arms deals in the Middle East, Belgium’s finest boy reporter and his companions come under attack in the desert from a pair of De Havilland Mosquito fighter bombers using the callsign ‘Black Panther.’ Perhaps their pilots wore t-shirts like our homage underneath their flightsuits.

Boland Air Cargo

With a stellar cast led by Richard Burton, Richard Harris and Roger Moore, The Wild Geese is one of the all time great Sunday afternoon war movies. This is our homage to the scene in which the Wild Geese parachute from the back of a C-130 Hercules into Zembala by parachute to rescue Limbani.

 

Boom! Boom! Boom! Boom!

At the climax of Skyfall, Britain’s favourite secret agent and his boss lay a trail to Scotland for their last stand against a dangerous enemy. And when the Big Bad arrives it’s on board an imposing looking AgustaWestland Merlin helicopter, loaded for bear and blaring out John Lee Hooker’s classic ‘Boom! Boom! Boom! Boom!’. A nod to Apocalypse Now perhaps? Either way, what’s not to like about our homage to a classic scene from a classic movie?

Concorde

Concorde was a both a technological marvel and work of art. The record-breaking Anglo-French supersonic airliner remains a high water mark in aeronautical design. This is our celebration of a much-missed masterpiece.

Disco Volante

Inspired by Thunderball. When a stolen Vulcan bomber ditches near the Bahamas, Largo, is on hand aboard his luxury yacht to retrieve its payload of nuclear weapons. This is our homage to Number One’s pride and joy, the Disco Volante.

 

Enjoy the Reds Again

Since 1965, the legendary Red Arrows, the RAF’s premier display team, have been thrilling crowds at home and around the world with their exceptional precision formation aerobatics. Welcome to our celebration of this Great British institution.

Enjoy the Reds

Since 1965, the legendary Red Arrows the RAF’s premier display team have been thrilling crowds at home and around the world with their exceptional precision formation aerobatics. Welcome to our celebration of this Great British institution.

ffolkes Ffusiliers

Inspired by North Sea Hijack, our homage to this 1980 British cult classic immortalises the commando force run by Roger Moore’s whisky drinking, cat loving eccentric Rufus Excalibur ffolkes.

 

Fighter Weapons School

In 1969, faced with mounting losses in Vietnam, the US Navy set up a new air warfare program. Officially, it was called then US Navy Fighter Weapons School. To everyone else it was known simply as TOPGUN. And as well as reclaiming the skies in south-east Asia it inspired the iconic Tom Cruise movie of the same name

Fillet of Soul

Inspired by Live and Let Die. Our tribute to Roger Moore’s first appearance as 007 is an homage to the Harlem restaurant and strip club Bond visits on the trail of Mr Big.

Flashheart’s Flying Circus

An homage to the classic British comedy Blackadder Goes Forth, our brand new design is a tribute to the unforgettable character played by the late, great Rik Mayall: RFC pilot and force of nature, Lord Flashheart

 

Foxbat

In the hit 1982 movie Firefox, test pilot Mitchell Gant, played by Clint Eastwood, infiltrates the Soviet Union to steal their new stealth superfighter, the MiG-31 Firefox. In reality, the Soviet fighter that most concerned NATO was the mighty, Mach 3 MiG-25 Foxbat. This is our tribute to that record-breaking machine.

Gloster Meteor 606 Groom Lake

For decades even the existence of Area 51, the remote air base located at Groom Lake, Nevada, was a deep black secret. And while it’s unlikely there’s any truth to conspiracy theories that its home to the mortal remains of aliens, it was where highly classified aircraft like the U2, Blackbird and stealth fighter first took to the skies.

 

Habu SR-71

The record-breaking Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird was one badass jet. Flying at speeds of over three times the speed of sound at heights way beyond the reach of enemy fighters it operated with near impunity. Nicknamed ‘Habu’ by crews stationed in Okinawa after a local venomous snake, this is our tribute to a cold a war legend.

Head-up Display

Inspired by the 1981 sci-fi cult classic Escape From New York, our design is an homage to Snake Plissken’s view from the cockpit as he flies a stealth glider into Manhattan Island Prison to rescue the President.

I Could Tell You …

Military squadrons produce patches for their flightsuits. If the job of your squadron is classified those patches have to reflect that. This is our homage to one produced by US Navy test squadron VX-9. ‘I could tell you …’ reads the latin ‘… but then I’d have to kill you

 

Indian Ocean Present Day

As a golden dawn breaks across a supercarrier flight deck, a carefully coordinated ballet of fast jets and aircraft handlers comes to life, set against a throbbing electronic score by composer Harold Faltermeyer. Rarely have the opening scenes of a movie promised so much. The place and time? Indian Ocean, Present Day.

Jaguar International

The Anglo-French SEPECAT Jaguar saw service with the Royal Air Force and Armee de l’Air in Iraq, Bosnia, Chad and Mauritania. The single-seat low-level attack jet was also exported around the world. Our design nods to the Jaguar’s service with the Nigerian Air Force.

Last of the Many

Credited with more kills during the Battle of Britain than the Spitfire, the Hawker Hurricane’s exploits during World War Two. G-AMAU, owned by Hawkers until 1972, was the last of nearly 14,500 Hurricanes built. She still flies as part of the RAF’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

 

Little Joe the II

The awe-inspiring North American X-15 was the world’s first spaceplane and set a string of speed and altitude records during a long test flight career with NASA and the US Air Force in the 1960s. Neil Armstrong flew this rocket-powered hot rod. X-15-3, named Little Joe the II after an earlier X-plane, set an unofficial altitude record of 354,200 feet in 1963, earning its pilot his astronaut wings.

Miramar Beach Volleyball

Dogtags … Check. Aviator shades … Check. Shirt off … Check. High five! Known as Fightertown, USA, Naval Air Station Miramar was home to the US Navy’s legendary Top Gun school. And, thanks to Tom Cruise and co, the most famous game of beach volleyball ever played. This is our tribute to a classic scene from a classic movie.

Napier Scorpion Canberra

The legendary English Electric Canberra was the world’s first jet bomber. The prototype first flew in 1949. It finally retired from frontline service with the RAF nearly fifty years later. Our design pays well-deserved tribute to this incredible machine by celebrating the rocket-engined Canberra that, in 1957, claimed a new world altitude record of over 70,000 feet.

 

Rocket NF-104

In 1963 the needle-nosed, razor-winged F-104 Starfighter was already a hot ship. Then Lockheed stuck a rocket engine in the back and turned it into a machine for training astronauts. Soon after being delivered to Chuck Yeager’s test pilot school at Edwards AFB, the NF-104 zoomed to a record-breaking altitude of over 120,000 feet over the Mojave desert. The project came to a premature end after Yeager himself lost control and was forced to eject – a scene memorably captured in the movie The Right Stuff

Sea Fury vs MiG-15

At first glance it looks familiar, but look again and you’ll see this is rather different. In our affectionate pastiche of Roy Lichstenstein’s pop art favourite, we’ve replaced the stylised US Air Force P-51 Mustang and F-86 Sabre he depicted with brand new images of a Royal Navy Hawker Sea Fury and Soviet MiG-15. Our homage to the Fleet Air Arm celebrates the famous occasion when the propellor-driven British fighter-bombers shot down a jet-powered MiG during the Korean War.

Spooky

The legendary Douglas DC-3 airliner first flew in 1935. A decade later this iconic machine had helped win World War Two. Over 16,000 of these rugged transport aircraft were built, but our design pays tribute to the men who flew the fifty or so heavily armed AC-47D Spooky conversions that provided close air support under the cover of darkness during the Vietnam War.

 

Stanley

The RAF’s Vulcan bomber attack on the runway at Port Stanley airport opened Britain’s campaign to recapture the Falkland Islands after their occupation by Argentina. On the night of April 30/May 1, 1982, a single Avro Vulcan, supported by an fleet of Handley Page Victors flew an eight thousand mile mission to deliver twenty-one 1000lb bombs. Codenamed Operation BLACK BUCK, it entered the Guinness Book of Records as the longest bombing raid in history. ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ announced the newspaper headlines.

Streak Eagle

Not a pound for air-to-ground was the mantra when the F-15 was being developed as the USAF’s new air superiority fighter in the early seventies. The result was a jet with most successful air-to-air kill ratio in history; a machine that’s never been defeated in air combat. Our exclusive design celebrates the F-15’s clutch of time-to-climb world records, snatched from its predecessor, the great McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom, in the winter of 1975.

T2

Inspired by Thunderbirds. When a machine is as iconic and instantly recognisable as Gerry Anderson’s great Thunderbird 2 design, you need barely a hint of it to evoke fond childhood memories of the Tracy brothers. A line here and a lick of colour there and your imagination does the rest. Our elegant new design pays homage to International Rescue’s forward-swept wing transporter.

 

The Doom Pussy

The USAF’s 13th Bomb Squadron flew B-57s on missions into North Vietnam. They called it ‘flying into the jaws of the cat’. The Doom Pussy was a stuffed cat that sat in the bar of the Da Nang Officer’s Open Mess (DOOM) where they drank. Our design was inspired by the patch the aircrew wore on their flightsuits.

The High and Mighty

Launched from beneath the wings of of a B-52 Stratofortress, the awe-inspiring, hypersonic North American X-15 was the world’s first spaceplane, setting a string of speed and altitude records during a long test flight career in the 1960s. Inspired by contemporary nose art, our design celebrates the programme’s unsung heroes: NASA’s two B-52 motherships.

Tin Can One

Our heartfelt tribute to the late, lamented, legendary Thin White Duke. David Bowie released Space Oddity, his first hit single, in 1969 just a few days before the crew of Apollo 11 blasted off on their mission to the moon. Bowie returned to Major Tom, the character in the song, in 1980 in his No.1 hit Ashes to Ashes. And, just maybe, rock’s most iconic astronaut made one final appearance in Bowie’s epic Blackstar video.

 

Trans-African Hovercraft Expedition

The Trans-African Hovercraft Expedition was the longest and most ambitious Hovercraft journey of all time. Across 5000 miles of river, desert and jungle the team conducted scientific and geographical research and tested their machine’s capabilities. This is our take on the expedition’s very cool logo.

TSR2 (Two)

Controversy still rages over the cancellation of the TSR2 in 1965. Designed by the British Aircraft Corporation to provide the RAF with the most advanced low-level strike aircraft in the world, it fell victim to rising costs and politics. But boy did the sleek, needle-nosed TSR2 look the business. This is just one of the tributes you’ll find here at Project Cancelled to this legendary, lost British super jet.

TSR2

Controversy still rages over the cancellation of the TSR2 in 1965. Designed by the British Aircraft Corporation to provide the RAF with the most advanced low-level strike aircraft in the world, it fell victim to rising costs and politics. But boy did the sleek, needle-nosed TSR2 look the business. This is just one of the tributes you’ll find here to this legendary, lost British super jet.

 

Use the V-Force

The awesome, delta-winged Avro Vulcan was one of three V-bombers developed for the RAF to carry Britain’s independent nuclear deterrent. In 1982, with just months until it was due to be retired, Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands and, inside the Ministry of Defence the decision was made to ‘Use the V-Force’ …

VCVN-64

Flying aircraft carriers are cool, right? Inspired by Joss Whedon’s epic Avengers movie and the actual real-life US Navy, this exclusive design is an homage to both. The awesome flying aircraft carrier that served as an airborne HQ in the film featured the hull number 64. So does this T-shirt. All the US Navy’s nuclear-powered Aircraft Carriers are classified as CVNs. US vertical take off aircraft are classified with the letter ‘V’. So VCVN tells us we’re dealing with a vertical take off nuclear powered aircraft carrier. Simple.

Victor Fuel Oils

The extraordinary looking Handley Page Victor was the last of a trio of V-bombers designed for the RAF to fly. The new jet looked as if it had been beamed in from a Flash Gordon movie and had performance to match. During flight testing a Victor became the largest aircraft in the world to break the sound barrier. But it was as an aerial tanker that this magnificent machine sealed its reputation, supporting record-breaking Vulcan missions during the Falklands War and going on to serve with distinction in Gulf War One. Our design pays tribute to this charismatic and capable British jet.

 

Voodoo

Designed in the early fifties as a long-range fighter-bomber for the USAF, the big McDonnell-Douglas F-101 Voodoo set a new world air speed record in 1957. A reconnaissance version of the jet earned its spurs during the Cuban Missile Crisis and Vietnam War. In service with the Canadian Air Force, the Voodoo continued to defend North American skies until 1984. Always overshadowed by her successor, the F-4 Phantom, we thought the Voodoo was worth celebrating.

Vulcan 607

Inspired by the No.1 bestseller, Vulcan 607. The RAF’s Vulcan bomber attack on the runway at Port Stanley airport opened Britain’s campaign to recapture the Falkland Islands after their occupation by Argentina. On the night of April 30/May 1, 1982, a single Avro Vulcan, supported by an fleet of Handley Page Victors flew an eight thousand mile mission to deliver twenty-one 1000lb bombs. Codenamed Operation BLACK BUCK, it entered the Guinness Book of Records as the longest bombing raid in history. ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ announced the newspaper headlines.

When You’re Out of F-8s

The record-breaking Vought F-8 Crusader was the first jet in US military service to fly faster than 1000mph and the last American fighter designed with guns as its primary armament. After entering service in with the US Navy in 1957 and serving with distinction during the Cuban Missile Crisis and Vietnam War, ‘Le Crouze’ continued to serve with the French Aeronavale until 2000. But with its replacement by the Dassault Rafale, ‘The Last of the Gunfighters’ retired, much loved and much missed by all who flew her.

 

Winkle Brown

Captain Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown was Britain’s greatest test pilot. A friend of Neil Armstrong and rival of Chuck Yeager he enjoyed a life and flying career the likes of which we’ll never see again, setting records for the number of different aircraft types flown and deck landings on an aircraft carrier that will never be beaten. Blue skies, Sir!

 

THE ORIGINAL PILOTS NOTES T SHIRTS

Inspired by the Pilot’s Notes handbooks produced by the Ministry of Supply during World War Two for our exclusive new Pilot’s Notes® designs celebrate the best in aviation from fact and fiction

 

Pilot’s Notes for Apache Pilot’s Notes for Arrow 2 Pilot’s Notes for Avro 730

 

Pilot’s Notes for BD-5J Pilot’s Notes for Bristol 188 Pilot’s Notes for Concorde

 

Pilot’s Notes for F-35B Lightning Pilot’s Notes for Ford Anglia Pilot’s Notes for Hurricane I

 

Pilot’s Notes for Lightning VI Pilot’s Notes for MUSTARD Pilot’s Notes for P.1121

 

Pilot’s Notes for PA-28 Pilot’s Notes for Parachute Pilot’s Notes for Phantom FG1
Pilot’s Notes for Reaper Pilot’s Notes for Sea Harrier FRS1 Pilot’s Notes for Space Shuttle

 

Pilot’s Notes for TSR-2 Pilot’s Notes for Typhoon Pilot’s Notes for Vulcan B2

 

Pilot’s Notes for War Rocket Ajax Pilot’s Notes for X-71 Freedom and Independence Pilots Notes for Cessna 172