Welcome to my 'web' home-- Red Banner Aviation!

I am historian and profile artist Erik Pilawskii. Red Banner was launched in 2011 to serve as a parent vehicle for my aviation related activities, attempting to incorporate these 'under a single roof' (as one might say). Whether it's Warbird Colour Services, profile art posters, scale line drawings, archival work, book editing or self-publication which takes your fancy, you should find it here.

Please use the main subject category buttons, above, to navigate the site. News, features and highlighted items will appear below. I hope you enjoy your stay....




Fighter Aircraft Performance of WW2 has been released. Follow the link text to the left, or see the main site front page.

Lavochkin La-5 In Profile & Scale has been released. See below or click LuLu button to order.


        The Lavockin La-5 Family: Profile & Scale No.3 Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.

  October 2017

Training Aircraft of the VVS-- Spitfire UTI Schemes

 
The I-15bis Colour Mystery

Training Aircraft of the USSR: Part 1, the UT-1


    The BOK-5, I-Z, Stal'-6 and various munitions [FAB-50, RS, etc]

  An Analysis of Surface Materials and Construction: I-16

The 'Cat' Motif Lavochkin Fighters of HSU Gal'chenko



  USAAF photography of VVS aircraft during Operation Frantic



 For those new to the topic, some basic introductory information is available on WW2-era Soviet Air Force camouflage and markings, to include digital colour chips.

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