@gefionne ´s kylux fanficiton Flyboys is one of my absolute favourites right now!

I googled raf pilots after reading and I absolutely had to draw Hux in one of those leather jackets.
I apologize that I don´t comment as regularly as I should and I hope to make up for it with this little illustration <3

Have you ever noticed the way Mr Dawson looks at Collins when he sees him for tje first time?

He looks as if he’s seeing a ghost from his son, not Peter, the other one, the RAF pilot, and he’s thinking:“Oh my God. You look exactly like my boy” and then, even more heartbreaking:“I could have saved him. I could have saved my boy”.



Another interesting thing about Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk is that Mark Rylance’s character (Mr. Dawson, the father from ‘The Sea’ storyline) appears to be loosely based on/inspired by the RMS Titanic’s second officer, Charles Herbert Lightoller.

Lightoller owned a motor yacht called Sundowner which he piloted across the Channel to aid in the evacuation of stranded soldiers at Dunkirk, France. In the film, characters Peter (Mr. Dawson’s son, played by Tom Glynn-Carney) and 17-year-old George (Barry Keoghan) might be based on Lightoller’s son Roger and a Sea Scout named Gerald Ashcroft, respectively. 

Like Mr. Dawson, Lightoller refused to allow his vessel to be requisitioned and insisted that if anyone was going to take her to Dunkirk, it would be him. Mr. Dawson also stated during the film that his son was an RAF pilot killed in action, while Lightoller’s youngest son, Herbert Brian, was an RAF pilot killed early in the war.

On 31 May 1940, Sundowner was requisitioned by the Admiralty to sail to Dunkirk to assist in the evacuation. Lightoller, aged 66 and retired, volunteered to take her, along with his eldest son Roger, and Gerald Ashcroft, an 18-year-old Sea Scout.

Leaving Port of Ramsgate at 10:00 on 1 June, the yacht crossed the Channel in company with five other ships. On their way, they rescued the crew of the motor cruiser Westerly, which had broken down and was on fire. On arrival at Dunkirk, Lightoller realized that the piers were too high, and so drew alongside the destroyer HMS Worcester and started to take on soldiers. Seventy-five men were crammed into the cabin, and another fifty-five on deck, a total of 130. Sundowner then returned to Ramsgate, avoiding fire from enemy aircraft through evasive manoeuvres on the way, though the greatest danger was being swamped by the wash from fast-moving destroyers. After disembarking the troops, she was preparing to return for France for another load, but by then only ships capable of doing 20 knots were allowed to continue.

Sundowner remained in service as a coastal patrol vessel in the River Blackwater, Essex. She then moved to the River Clyde under the control of 647 Transport Company, Royal Army Service Corps.She was released from service in 1945, and after a refit was returned to Lightoller in 1946, and once again used as a family boat.


I was incredibly privileged today to meet Joy Lofthouse, 94, who flew Spitfires in World War 2 as part of the Air Transport Auxiliary, one of the vaunted ‘Spitfire Ladies’ and a hero and inspiration to all ladies everywhere, especially budding pilots. She’s a patron of the charity I support and volunteer for, and came as part of our Veteran’s Day today, to visit with us, drink tea and admire the beautiful Spitfire that did a flyby and landed for us all to have a gander at (the Spitfire itself flew 143 sorties during the war, including D-Day).

I was lucky enough to have 20 minutes or so sat with Joy on the flightline, watching the Spit refuel before it came over to us. Her memory was astounding; we spoke in detail about her wartime experiences as if it had all happened yesterday. 

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Christopher Nolan talking about DUNKIRK, Tom as Bane and Farrier, the “unofficial Nolan stock company” (inc. Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy), and more in Playboy USA (Jul-Aug 2017 issue). You can read the full interview here: http://imgur.com/a/M8uAi  Some highlights:

PLAYBOY: Tom Hardy plays a Spitfire plane pilot, and his scenes are solo, airborne and sometimes with an oxygen mask covering the bottom half of his face. Having gotten so much blowback from audiences complaining that they couldn’t understand much of Hardy’s dialogue as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, let alone the complaints you got about sound effects and music drowning out the dialogue in Interstellar, are you risking an encore?

NOLAN: It’s always interesting when people take you on about technical issues. It’s completely fair, but people don’t know what goes into the process. Armchair technicians don’t understand that, whether it’s The Dark Knight Rises, Interstellar or Dunkirk, I’ve spent eight months listening to every sound, balancing everything incredibly carefully and precisely, modulating it and listening to it in different theaters. […].With Tom on The Dark Knight Rises—I mean, he’s such an extraordinary actor. We spent a lot of time talking about it. He put a lot of work into it, and what he did was fascinating. I had him try a more moderate version of what we were shooting. It didn’t work. The voice is inextricably linked with the character, which for someone whose face you don’t see and whose mouth you don’t see move is pretty amazing. To this day on the dub stage we do that voice all the time.

PLAYBOY: Hardy’s aerial scenes in the Spitfire should, especially for audiences who see Dunkirk in IMAX, pack a punch.

NOLAN: The Spitfire is the most magnificent machine ever built. I got to fly in a two-seater version, and the power in that—there’s just a grin on your face from takeoff to landing. There’s a very immersive quality to the way we’ve done the flying sequences. To be able to give audiences that experience, we needed to have special lenses built, we needed all kinds of technical things to happen. We’ve done things nobody has ever done before, taking actors up in a real plane and shooting real cockpit shots in a large-film format. It was a huge ambition for the film, and my team really pulled it off.

PLAYBOY: Some of the Dunkirk actors seem to be part of some unofficial Christopher Nolan stock company, including Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy. On previous movies you’ve worked several times with Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. What’s the dynamic between you and actors?

NOLAN: I’ve always loved what they do and have been a good audience for them. I don’t look at a monitor. I’m really paying attention to what they’re doing on the set, just as an audience member. My filmmaking style is very tactile. I do a lot of close-ups, and actors feel a concentration from the camera, as well as from me, on what they’re doing. On Dunkirk, we spent weeks with Mark Rylance and Cillian Murphy on this tiny boat with a huge IMAX camera right up in their faces. I had to warn them that IMAX cameras get very loud, but I had to be that close because I’m interested in the minutiae of the performances, trying to capture the layers of all that in a form that’s readable for the audience. Actors recognize that I don’t have the slightest bit of ego or expectation when it comes to performance. I’m not trying to control or puppeteer; I’m trying to give them the space to do something that excites me. If it’s not quite right, I’m trying to help them.


so i have this enormous rid au that is tarted writing in 2015 when the show came out thats just a series-sized fix-it fic essentially, that maybe one day i’ll post but who knows, anyways raf jack and miko are in it plus sari, but sai crashed as i attempted to draw jack darby so i figured he was cursed enough to not be included in this photo

the au takes place abt 10 years in the future, sari is not a techno organic but instead fowler’s successor as autobot contact, miko is a mecha pilot and raf is tech support 

  • Pilot One: Do you know my legs?
  • Pilot Two: Yeah
  • Pilot One: Do you know how many I've always had and that?
  • Pilot Two: Like... two legs or some shit like that.
  • Pilot One: Yeah well I've only got one leg now.
  • Pilot Two: ... Random!
  • Pilot One: You should have seen my face when I woke up.
  • Pilot Two: Were you like 'Oh my god'?
  • Pilot One: Yeah, I was like 'Oh my god, no way'