BOAC 'Evolution of Flight' paintbox, 1969-1970.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
Tin box illustrated with 12 colour pictures of flying machines, including the 747 jumbo jet, the R34 Airship, the Lebaudy Dirigible and biplanes. The box contained a brush and 17 small pots of Humbrol colour enamel paints used for aeroplane model making. The lid contains information of interest to small boys who would have used the paint set: 'The giant BOAC 747 carries 344 passengers, weighs 340 tons and has a cruising speed of 568 mph (Mach.86). The four Pratt & Whitney engines produce a thrust of 174,000 lb. The seventies will see the introduction of the supersonic Concorde'. It was probably sold at Farnborough Air Show as a souvenir of the early flights of Concorde.