Champions of Flight

Clayton Knight and William Heaslip: Artists Who Chronicled Aviation from the Great War to Victory in WWII

Sheryl Fiegel, Theodore Hamady

A sumptuously illustrated book celebrating the work of preeminent aviation artists Clayton Knight and William Heaslip.
Publication date:
November 2019
Publisher :
Casemate Publishers
Illustration :
220 color images, 200 b/w images
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ISBN : 9781612007793

Dimensions : 305 X 242 mm
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• This book should have wide popular appeal outside the military/aviation market
• Neither of these artists has ever been profiled in an illustrated book: the subject is original and will be a revelation to many
• Champions of Flight encapsulates ten years of intensive research by the authors - aviation and art historians - who were given direct access to a vast collection of primary sources held by the artists' families

Champions of Flight celebrates the work of Clayton Joseph Knight (1891-1969) and William John Heaslip (1898-1970), the two preeminent American aviation artists of their time, who chronicled the golden age of aviation - from Charles Lindbergh's epochal transatlantic flight through the most devastating war in world history (1927-1945). Knight and Heaslip were experienced military men and formally trained artists who, combining an authenticity of experience and an artistic mastery of illustration, produced powerful artwork that influenced a generation of Americans, creating air-minded adults and youngsters, many of whom flocked to US military service after Pearl Harbor.

Aviation became deeply embedded into America's culture during the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. Americans became fascinated by aviation celebrities, watched air spectacles, aviation movies and newsreels, and devoured books, aviation industry ads, magazine articles, and Sunday comics featuring pilot heroes. Artists Knight and Heaslip - both of whom were adept as draftsmen, painters and printmakers - fuelled the imagination of these Americans through prolific illustrations and artwork that appeared in many diverse publications of the time. Over a period of almost twenty years, Clayton Knight and William Heaslip championed their love of flight through their art, and they did so with enthusiasm, integrity, and generosity. This book, featuring over 400 illustrations and photos, is a tribute to their legacy.


At the end of the day, this book will wrap you in a warm glow as you leaf through the stupendous range of art. It truly is inspirational stuff.
War History Online

The authors . . . have succeeded in putting together a highly illustrated volume which covers the artists' lives while at the same time relating the aviation history of the era. Reproduction of the illustrations . . . is every bit as good as you'd hope. The text reads well and is genuinely informative and interesting.
Aeroplane Magazine

'...beautifully-produced coffee table book..'
RAF News