More Robert Osborn Illustrations
A couple of months ago, I shared with you some illustrations that I found on the back cover of some older FAA Aviation News. These illustrations were done by the illustrator and cartoonist Robert C. Osborn. Little did I know that finding and preserving more of these illustrations would turn into my new hobby.
Since my first Osborn post, I have learned a great deal about the artist and his other work. I’ve learned that Osborn contributed to FAA Aviation News for nearly 25 years from the early 60s to the mid 80s. I’ve also learned that Robert Osborn was the creator of the first and original “Dilbert” cartoon character. Osborn drew nearly 2,000 safety posters for the Navy during WWII that featured “Dilbert the Pilot” and “Spoiler the Mechanic”. Dilbert and Spoiler were both the ambassadors of carelessness and recklessness. “Don’t be a Dilbert” was a popular phrase used among pilots to encourage others to think about safety continuously. Did you know that the popular comic strip Dilbert actually borrowed it’s name from the Dilbert drawn by Osborn? According to Scott Adam’s blog, the name Dilbert was given to him by a co-worker who later confessed that he saw the name on some of his dad’s military memorabilia.
As I promised earlier, here are some more Robert Osborn illustrations from the FAA Aviation News. You’ll notice a theme with these particular illustrations…winter flying! Unfortunately, that season is upon us and it’s time that we all started thinking about the dangers and complications of flying in icing conditions. This would be a great time to grab that POH and look over cold winter operation notes and any other limitations that colder weather may pose to your upcoming flights.
Fly Safe (and enjoy)