In the "Fighter Pilot (Ace)" series, Morley paints prominent American, Belgian, English, German, Italian, and Russian pilots inspired in part by illustrations found in books for young adults around the Second World War. English Fighter Pilot (Ace), 2010, features a portrait of James Edgar Johnson with two airplanes -- one with a blown engine -- in a flat, illustrative style and with minimal spatial depth. In the bottom right corner, the word "CLASSIFIED" is painted in red. These canvases were created from memories of planes and models from Morleys childhood; as he recalled: "I lived near an air dome [airport]. One of my hiding spots was a hole in the ground where I used to sit and watch the airplanes overhead, and that for me was bliss." An underlying theme in his work continues to be spectacle. Morley stated in 2009:
I witnessed spectacular spectacles as a child in London during the Blitz in World War II, as Spitfire and Messerschmitt fought dogfights overhead with the fighter planes crashing into defense balloons and searchlights crisscrossing the night sky. When I was evacuated to a Devon boarding school, I saw a lifeboat and torpedoed freighter. The themes of dogfights and sinking freighters have become icons for me.