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Now YOU can gain full access to one of the largest private WW2 aviation photo libraries in the world.

Over the past forty years, Wingleader founders Simon Parry and Mark Postlethwaite have created a huge reference photo archive used by TV, authors and publishers. Originally based around WW2 aviation, this rapidly expanding archive now includes pre and post-war military aviation, WWI and Royal Navy ships.  Significant collections acquired over the years include those of famous aviation authors such as Chaz Bowyer, Philip Moyes and Chris Ellis.

This professional archive, which also holds images from the collections of current authors such as Andy Saunders and Chris Goss, is now, for the first time, accessible to all – online!

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The Wingleader Archive is an exciting on-going project, with new photos being added on a weekly basis. There are currently 25,000+ images viewable with at least 20,000 more to be scanned and uploaded in the coming months, many of which are previously unpublished.

Instant access to over 25,000 military and aviation photos including 15,000+ WW2 aviation images


Our members can browse and download every image on the site to build their own individual reference library for any chosen project.  The site’s large images can be blown up to full screen and beyond to pick out even the smallest details that wouldn’t be visible in a standard printed book.

  • Large, 1500pw images with subtle watermarks

  • Images can be blown up to A3 size without problem

  • Directly download any image you like

  • All members are encouraged to get involved and add their knowledge to captions

  • New images being added all the time

  • Discounted high-res licencing fees for pro-members

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  • For Modellers, Authors and Historians
  • Immersive and Interactive Experience
  • Share your knowledge with others
  • Privileged access to images used on TV, in magazines and books
  • Discounted fees for use in your own books and articles
  • Save money and space on your reference library
  • Get your project references instantly, no need to wait for a book
  • Constantly expanding, new material added regularly
  • Regular newsletters detailing the latest images from our scanning team
  • Make money by licensing your own images
  • Browse by subject – or search
  • Browse and explore new modelling ideas for dioramas and colour schemes
  • Zoom in and discover fine details, not usually seen in book reproductions