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Charles Brown collection

Handley Page 42 of Imperial Airways, 1932
Avro Lancaster on a test flight, March 1945

Charles Brown did not start his career in aviation, however, having begun as a society photographer. He gradually did more and more work for the Admiralty, Air Ministry and aircraft companies until this became his main work.

He retired in about 1964 and the RAF Museum purchased his collection in 1980. Since then three books, the Camera Above the Clouds series, have been published showing examples of his work. Volume 3 covers the colour transparencies.

Some of the photograph collection is available online using the Navigator database. A proportion of these listings have scanned images attached.

You can view and buy prints of some of the Museum's best-loved photographs at the online photograph store.

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