Widely regarded as the founding father of the genre, Frank Wootton devoted his life to aviation art and to the RAF. In 1939 he joined the RAF and subsequently flew many different types of aircraft. His artistic talents were soon noticed and he was selected as an official RAF war artist. Recording in the field the activities and achievements of the RAF involved extensive travel, including a period in South-East Asia. After leaving the service Frank established a successful career as an aviation artist and amongst other achievements played a leading role in the development of the Guild of Aviation Artists. Frank Wootton passed away in 1998, having set the standards in aviation art for many years.