Photo Release: Exclusive New Series of Airplane Posters, Aviation Calendars and Pilot Gift Items Launched by

Ventura County, CA (PRWEB) May 4, 2005 announces the launch of an exclusive series of airplane posters, aviation art, aeronautical gifts and aerospace calendars.

Illustrated by the fine art, editorial and advertising photography of Craig Schmitman, founder of, the new poster and calendar collection includes images of the maiden flight of the NASA Space Shuttle Discovery, U.S. Navy F-14 Tomcat and F/A-18 Hornet aircraft launching from the deck of the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Carl Vinson (CVN 70), air-to-air and cockpit photography of Boeing B-747 airliners, exclusive air-to-air images of a U.S. Air Force F-16 performing the “Cobra” maneuver over Edwards Air Force Base, the U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III, and the World War II legend P-38 Lightning fighter of the U.S. Army Air Corps.

Also depicted are the Air Force F-22 Raptor and F-15 Eagle, the giant U.S. Marine Corps CH-53 E helicopter, in-flight cockpit shots of jet fighter pilots, and from NASA sources, an Eagle Nebula poster as imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope.

Schmitman’s extraordinary images have never before been available to the public on this scale, with sales largely to trade or industry clientele. He has achieved what is perhaps a singular distinction in the history of powered flight by being the first (and perhaps the only) photographer to have his work appear simultaneously on the covers of Flight International and Aviation Week and Space Technology Magazines. This is the aeronautical equivalent of work on the cover of both mainstream news weekly magazines.

The airplane poster shop is located at

Products offered include:

T-shirts (for men and women)

Golf shirts


Toddler shirts

Dog shirts (really!)

Infant creepers

Bibs (just for babies)

Coffee mugs




BBQ aprons

Tote bags


Greeting cards



While the poster shop and gift shop elements are designed to appeal to pilots, airplane buffs, those fascinated by space flight and astronomy, bulk purchase of any item for corporate gifts, trade show items, and wholesale orders for re-sale are all available complete with customized text and branding.

Future offerings will draw on the 30,000 image archive held by, including the rights managed and royalty free stock photography collections located within the website:

The posters, shirts, mugs and other gift items are illustrated by images that can convey timely concepts like teamwork, high technology, national security, patriotism, service, hope, potential, industry, risk, bravery, travel, energy, globalization, speed and power.

“I’m very pleased to share these images of subjects I’m passionate about and have enjoyed photographing for so many years,” said Craig Schmitman, owner of Aeronautic Pictures. “Words can’t express the excitement and sense of adventure I’ve experienced at sea on the deck of a Nimitz Class aircraft carrier (USS Carl Vinson – CVN 70) or chasing a jumbo jet across the Cascade Mountain range glowing with the warmth of a sunset.” He added, “Hopefully these pictures can speak volumes about those beautiful and wonderful moments.”

Products may be delivered throughout the United States and internationally.

About Craig Schmitman and Aeronautic Pictures:

Craig Schmitman is a pilot, photographer and filmmaker who specializes in air-to-air editorial and advertising photography, start-to-finish production of documentaries and news, entertainment, and advertising projects. He founded Aeronautic Pictures in 1981 as a still and motion picture production company ( with a full service photographic and moving image stock library ( is also the parent company of (on the web at is one of the oldest online aviation news websites (launched in 1997). It is the home of Tiltrotor and The Future (, the first independent hour long documentary on the controversial U.S. Marine Corps V-22 Osprey aircraft, its origins, the technology, the civil airline and military applications. Sold out in VHS, now aviation video fans can download their own copy directly for only $ 5.99

For additional information contact:

Craig Schmitman

+1 805-639-7901


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