Frank Wootton The late Frank Wootton can be credited with giving aviation art a bold new
direction, transforming the genre from illustration to fine art.
A gifted young artist when WWII broke out, Wootton volunteered for the
Royal Air Force, but was invited by the commander-in-chief of the Allied Air
Forces to accept a special duty commission as official war artist to the
and Royal Canadian Air Force. Thus, between 1939 and 1945, Wootton painted
conflict from the front lines of France to remote airstrips in Southeast
His aerial scenes brilliantly recreated the threat of enemy fire, the split-
second maneuvers of fighter planes and the triumph of victory.
After the war, Wootton’s paintings gained international recognition. His
works hang in major aviation museums throughout the world, and he has painted
numerous state occasions involving the R.A.F. and the Royal Family. In 1983
some fifty of his paintings were exhibited at the National Air and Space
in Washington, D.C. Following his death, Wootton remains one the aviation’s
most widely respected artists.