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Celebrating 25 Years

This yearare very proud to have been in the Aviation and Signed book business for
25 years.
We have been on the air show circuit hosting signing events and raising many thousands of pounds for
RAF Charities over the years.
This year we will be exhibiting and producing some very collectable items to coincide with this milestone in our business.
We have been very honoured to have been associated with some of the most historical aviation aircrew from the Second World War.
Here's looking forward to seeing you all as the air show season approaches us.


Welcome

Hello and welcome to Vector Fine Art Prints. Here you will find a wide selection of Aviation Art prints by renowned artist's such as Frank Wootton, Robert Taylor, Nicolas Trudgian, Gil Cohen, John Shaw, Michael Turner, Richard Taylor and Ron Stark.

The choice of signed books is second to none and is so extensive that nowhere else can match it online.
We specialize in limited edition bookplates and take part in several book launches throughout the year.
For our forthcoming calendar visit the special events page.

To keep up to date with all the new releases and additions to our signed book collection and any special events,
we suggest you signup to our email newsletter. Just follow the link to the left or on our newsletter page.
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Colin and Rose


Check out our books page recently updated 18th April 2015

Please note: The forthcoming third edition of the " Men of the Battle of Britain" is due to be released and coincide with the opening of 'The Wing' at Capel - le - Ferne,  June 2015. Once again a lot more info of pilots have come to light.
I know that I have been saying it for a long time but it will be well worth the wait!

Also check out the recently updated print pages


A stunning new limited edition pencil print exclusive to Vector celebrating
the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain

Readiness at Dawn by Nicolas Trudgian

Readiness at Dawn - The Battle of Britain 1940
By
Nicolas Trudgian

Spitfires of 74 Squadron return to their base from an intense dogfight over the English Channel. As soon as they land they are hastily re-armed and re-fuelled by their diligent ground crews, so at a moments notice they can be scrambled to intercept another raid from the German Luftwaffe.
By the end of October 1940 The Battle of Britain was won by the gallant 'Few' and the plans to invade England were terminated.

This stunning new limited edition is exclusive to Vector Fine Art celebrating 25 years in business.

The Main edition: A very special introductory price of £30 is valid up until Monday 25th May including the veterans signatures on Saturday if you obtain the signatures yourself at Duxford.

(If you are unable to make the event, we can add the veterans who attend on the day for an extra £15, orders taken up until 6pm on Thursday 21st May)

MAIN EDITION: LIMITED TO 125 WORLDWIDE
carries the original signature of
Wing Commander John Freeborn DFC*
£45 + postage and packing after the 25th May 2015

BATTLE OF BRITAIN EDITION: LIMITED TO 80 WORLDWIDE £75 + postage and packing
with the following signatures of 10 of 'The Few' is
Wing Commander John Freeborn DFC*,
Air Commodore John Ellacombe CB DFC*,
Wing Commander Bob Foster DFC AE,
Wing Commander Tom Neil DFC* AFC AE,
Flying Officer Ken Wilkinson,
Squadron Leader Nigel Rose,
Wing Commander Terence Kane,
Squadron Leader Tony Pickering AE,
Flight Lieutenant Terry Clark DFM AE,
Leading Signalman Luiz Flower.


TRIBUTE EDITION: LIMITED TO 10 WORLDWIDE £175 + postage and packing
with the signatures above and the following matted signatures
Squadron Leader Gerald Stapleton DFC,
Air Commodore Pete Brothers CBE DSO DFC*,
Squadron Leader Peter Brown, AFC
Wing Commander Peter Olver DFC,
Wing Commander George Unwin DSO DFM,
Squadron Leader Edward Smith DFC.

Readiness at Dawn - Tribute Edition by Nicolas Trudgian

ARTIST SIGNED EDITION: LIMITED TO 90 WORLDWIDE £25 + postage and packing

Paper size 41cm x 30cm


Vector Fine Art PrintsExhibiting at Duxford for 25 YearsDuxford 1990Duxford 1990
1990 This is where it all started, we set up trading at Duxford and Flight Lieutenant Anderson popped in to wish us good luck, he was a Battle of Britain pilot flying Blenheims

Duxford 1991
At the start of 1991 we began to expand  the business needing more and more room to exhibit our ever growing range of prints.

Duxford 1992
This was taken from the back of our van with the enormous crowds that would gather

Duxford 1994Duxford 1994This was our first major launch in 1994 which was Air Combat paintings volume 2 by Robert Taylor, with us was Sir Ivor Broom and
A V M 'Birdy' Wilson, we blocked the isle twice with queues.
On the Saturday evening we had to drive and pick up more stock of the books.

Duxford 1995
Colin is seen here getting a signature from Flight Lieutenant Bill Reid VC

Duxford 1995
In 1995 Robert Taylor joined us for the Flying legends air show seen here with Group Captain John Cunningham

Duxford 1996
1996 -  can't believe that Pete and Phil all these years later are still our closest friends.

Steak and Beer
The end of a hard day – steak and beer!

Duxford 1996
What a line up of Battle of Britain pilots, Dennis David, Peter Parrott, 'Birdy' Wilson, Raymond Puda

Duxford 1996
1996 The launch of Robert Taylor's Air Combat Paintings book Volume III with Roland Beamont and Johnnie Johnson

Duxford 1997Duxford 19971997 at Duxford with our dear friend Nicolas Trudgian and Dennis David

Duxford 1997
Duxford 1997
Our two daughters sitting in the cockpit of the Messerschmitt 109, perks of the job!

Duxford 1998Duxford 1998Over the years Vector have hosted some of the worlds most famous Battle of Britain pilots and become friends with so many. With their help we have managed to raise enormous sums of money for they charities.

Duxford 1998Duxford 1998
We hosted our dear friend Nicolas Trudgian's first book launch with Dennis David and Gunther Rall 

Colin and 'the old chap'
Colin with his biggest supporter and best friend 'the old chap'
Sadly at the end of last year he passed away, but still looking down telling me where to hang the pictures.

Reminiscing a small piece of Vector's history

VE Day Anniversary Air Show
Saturday 23rd May and Sunday 24th May 2015

At the Duxford Air Show we will be celebrating our 25th year of exhibitions of signed aviation art by the world's leading aviation artists and signed aviation books.
Please come along and join us Saturday morning, where we will be hosting some of the 'Few'.

We have an extensive range of signed rare prints and books.

On the Saturday morning we are very honoured to have Five Battle of Britain air crew with us signing for their charity.

Wing Commander Terry Kane
Flight Lieutenant Tony Pickering
Flight Lieutenant Terry Clark DFM AE
Flying Officer Ken Wilkinson

I am very sorry to say that we have had a call from our great friend Tom Neil to say he is unable to come to Duxford as he is feeling a bit under the weather, he wishes everybody the very best with this fund-raising event.

Please be aware they will only be signing with us for 2 hours in the morning, from approximately 10.30
The signing fee will be £15 per item for all personal items.
This is cash only as all the money goes direct to their charity.
Colin may have to restrict the number of personal items, if the queues get too long.
Your patience will be very much appreciated as our youngest guest is 94 years young.

This is the only Duxford event that the Battle of Britain aircrew will be signing at, as the Flying legends and the Battle of Britain air show in September clash with official engagements to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

Footnote: Check out the updated books page too!


A Very Proud Moment

On Thursday 26th March 2015, six members of the Few, Squadron Leader Geoffrey Wellum, Wing Commander Tom Neil, Wing Commander Paul Farnes, Squadron Leader Tony Pickering, Flying Officer Ken Wilkinson and Flight Lieutenant Owen Burns were on hand as Her Majesty The Queen unveiled The Wing, the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust’s visitor and education centre at Capel-le-Ferne.

HM The Queen meeting Paul farnes and Tony Pickering
Her Majesty The Queen meeting Paul Farnes and Tony Pickering
HM The Queen with Colin and other members of the trustee's at the opening of The Wing
Her Majesty The Queen talking with Colin and other Trustee's

The Wing Capel-le-Ferne

Maintained by the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust, the site at Capel-le-Ferne is dedicated to Churchill’s famous “Few” who fought in the skies overhead to keep this country free from invasion.

The Memorial itself inspires quiet reflection on the bravery and sacrifice shown by the aircrew – fewer than 3,000 men – who flew, fought and sometimes died in probably the most crucial battle fought by this country in the whole of the 20th century.

The Christopher Foxley-Norris Memorial Wall lists the names of all those who took part in the Battle of Britain, while a replica Spitfire and Hurricane stand nearby as a reminder of the iconic machines they flew to victory.

The high-tech, multi-media Scramble Experience gives people a taste of what life was like to be one of the Few in 1940, while the Geoffrey Page Centre has been designed as a learning environment that is now available to schools.

The Memorial itself is free to visit and can be accessed on foot all day, every day. The car park and the Wing, including The Scramble Experience, open from 10 am every day and close at 4pm from 1 October to 28 February, at 5pm from March to the end of May and then at 6pm through to the end of September. There is a charge for The Scramble Experience.

 


A proud family around the unveiling plaque

We have been proud supporters and fundraisers for the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust since 1992. We have raised large sums of money through signing events and auctions over the years.

Please visit http://www.battleofbritainmemorial.org/
Thank you for your continued support


Memorial TreePlaque

This tree was planted at the National Arboretum with the monies collected from Duxford Air show.
Thank you for your support