3. December 2014notebooks, OpenStreetMap clothings or map glasses) there was this side link to a great resource if you are searching for downloadable map material. Reddit user amillion3 pointed to a side with worldwide coverage of maps in 1:500k scale called tactical pilotage maps.
Tactical Pilotage Maps
Tactical pilotage maps “are designed to provide an intermediate scale translation of cultural and terrain features for pilots/navigators flying at very low altitudes (below 500 feet above ground level), through medium altitudes or low altitude-high speed operations.” (source)
The maps are all stuffed with English labels and provide a colourful view on physio- and anthropological features. You can easily select map sheets using these overview-maps which are click-able:Russian topographic maps are a bit more detailed. But they probably served a different purpose. But compare for yourself:
Other MapsThe pilotage maps are served by the Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection. They have a great list of available maps and they are all provided as downloadable jpgs/ images. They have old historic atlases, thematic maps and nearly everything a cartographer would fall in love with. So check out the homepage and maybe support them. Most of their maps are released under public domain. See some examples here: