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's activities, 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....

The LaGG-3 In Profile & Scale
is released.
Buy it on Lulu.com.

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Polikarpov Fighters of the Spanish Civil War
 In Profile & Scale
is released. Buy it on Lulu.com.

Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.

  A new feature highlighting interesting VVS related web content.

  March 2022

Painting and Colouration of the Tupolev TB-3, Part I

Aviaarktika Colouration-- Updates and Correction

The Glavkhimizdat 1948 Chip Book Debacle Ended

  Early I-16 Colouration

  Misunderstanding NKAP Camouflage-- An Explanation

Il-2 Wing Identification-- Straight or Arrow?

New Updates and Corrections in VVS Research

Training Aircraft, Part 3: Civilian U-2s

  Update and Expanded Discussion of VVS Colours, Paints, Lacquer Properties

Agfacolor (and other) Photo Analysis

Training Aircraft of the VVS: Part 2, the UT-2

Training Aircraft of the VVS-- Spitfire UTI Schemes

The I-15bis Colour Mystery

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


  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.

  A LINK to the VPB IL-2 Phase 9 web pages.

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