“Flight thru Instruments” and the fine art of instructional illustration

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“Flight thru Instruments” and the fine art of instructional illustration

Telstar Logistics writes –

While paying a visit to the studio of San Francisco artist Alanna Spence recently, Telstar Logistics was introduced to a lost gem of a book called “Flight thru Instruments.”

Flightthruinstr09_2 Published as a pilot-training manual by the US Navy in 1945, “Flight thru Instruments” teaches proper aeronautical navigation techniques through the use of elaborate illustrations — the kind of stuff that today might be called “info-graphics.”

But oh, what info-graphics these are! Produced entirely by hand, the illustrations in “Flight thru Instruments” possess a richness and accuracy of detail that — if we may say so — puts the majority of today’s graphic artists to shame.

In fairness, however, “Flight thru Instruments” wasn’t produced by an average group of 1945 artists, either. Not at all.

– Telstar Logistics: “Flight thru Instruments” and the Fine Art of Instructional Illustration – [via] Link & more.

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