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CollectAir has been appointed by Canadian Aviation Artist Jeff Krete to be a U.S. representative for his outstanding bronze sculptures of vintage aircraft. Jeff's sculptures are reasonably priced and are exciting in their aeronautical presentation.
Legendary Wings is a collection of original aviation bronze sculpture by World Champion artist and carver Jeff Krete. Jeff is a talented and long established Canadian sculpture artist. His pieces accurately capture the essence of the selected aircraft and portray each in a historically significant context appealing to the aviation enthusiast. Each sculpture is handcrafted by the artist and then cast in the ancient "lost wax" bronze casting process. The Legendary Wings series includes significant examples of World War II fighter and bomber aircraft, vintage jet aircraft, legendary training aircraft, historic racing aircraft, and classic float and sea planes. Each unique aircraft design is available in a limited edition artist proof and regular edition series.
A Legendary Wings bronze sculpture is a centerpiece to the aviation art collection in your home, office or boardroom. Corporate clients will appreciate the enduring and substantial nature of bronze metal art for their collections, to recognize donors and sponsors, a corporate retirement gift or other need. Jeff is willing to work closely with you to produce an original sculpture design meeting your specification, regardless of the need or occasion. Three dimensional art is the ultimate in visual pleasure, bringing a scene of an airplane in flight to the viewer to enjoy without boundaries.
This sculpture design depicts the P-51D Mustang with its pilot rising up to view a wounded German FW-190A-8 escaping into the cloud bank below. Billowing cumulus clouds form the aerial backdrop of this scene somewhere over Western Europe in late 1944. Sculpted in very fine detail, this unique original piece is created with extensive research and accurate rendering from original NAA factory drawings and photography. An approximate scale of 1:35 provides the opportunity to incorporate an amazing level of structural and esthetic detail in the primary subject of the Mustang. In contrast to the exacting detail of the main subject, the FW-190 and cloud elements are presented in an abstract and more subtle manner. The detailed bronze sculpture is reproduced using the ancient "lost wax" casting process to create a durable "real" bronze metal heirloom for your collection. Patina colours are selected by the artist to highlight the fine detail in the Mustang and create the mood and environmental context in which this scene occurs.
This evocative sculpture measures 57cm x 26cm x 16cm (22"x 10.5"x 6.5") and has a wingspan of approximately 30.5 cm (12"). Art Bronze with a polished black granite base. The sculpture is packed in a fine presentation box with protective lining for secure and damage free shipment. This Limited Edition art piece is limited to 10 Artist Proofs and 200 in the Regular Edition. The price for this amazing artwork is $1895.00 plus shipping.
Many historians consider the North American Aviation P-51 Mustang to be the best all around American fighter aircraft produced during the Second World War. In early 1940 before the beginning of the "Battle of Britain", the British government realized the imminent need of additional fighter aircraft for the war in Europe. A proposal from NAA to produce an entirely new fighter aircraft for British procurement was accepted and amazingly 120 days later, a new breed of aircraft emerged from the NAA production facility in Los Angeles California. Originally powered by the Allison V-1710, the early Mustangs performed wonderfully in the ground attack and photo recon roles from early 1942 onward. Suffering in high altitude performance and long range capability with the Allison engine, the marriage of the sleek Mustang airframe with the reliable and efficient Rolls Royce Merlin V-12 engine (later license built in America by Packard) produced the remarkable performance that made the Mustang legendary. The "Cadillac of the Skies" was born and the allies had a fighter aircraft capable of taking the air war from bases in Britain to Germany and back again. In total, over 16,000 Mustangs were produced and of these 8,156 were the "D" model. Mustangs served with 31 world nations over a 35 year period and interestingly, last saw active service in the early 1980's. The P-51 Mustang remains today a most popular and sought-after warbird in the civilian aircraft market and many fly regularly in private and museum collections throughout the world.
Jeff describes his working process and some of his projected new sculpture subjects on his excellent website; you can visit Jeff Krete's website by clicking on the box below.
Jeff Krete, a resident of Ontario, Canada is a sculpture artist with life long interests in artistic expression, nature and historic aircraft. Jeff skillfully integrates these varied interests into a unique approach to rendering his primary wood sculpture subjects. With extensive training and skill development in wood carving techniques, detailed modeling processes and maquette building, Jeff's 25 years of work has evolved into the creation of technically challenging original wood sculpture. Inspired by the rich cultural heritage of antique decoy carvers in the Great Lakes region, Jeff began a mentorship with contemporary master carvers in the early 1980's. He was quickly encouraged to find his own style. Moving beyond basic skills acquired in early years, Jeff found great joy in his work as he began to blend his life interests into his work. According to Jeff "the most elusive skill is in capturing the essence of your subject. It is the proper interpretation of shapes from reference sources and this skill is the key to the successful rendering of your subject". Accuracy and detail are the challenge and focus of Jeff's approach in all of his carved subjects".
Jeff's passion for aviation began early on in his life and includes: flying private aircraft, past Canadian Forces military service, technical resource collecting, aircraft technical drawings and manuals, historical photographs, and research with museum collections. The inspiration for completing aircraft sculpture pieces stems from an early interest in the aircraft of World War II. "I was fascinated by the aircraft, the veterans, and the adventures of those individuals who were undertaking authentic warbird restorations in the mid 1970's". Warbirds were literally being dug up and pulled from the world's oceans, deserts, jungles and mountain tops. Travelling and seeing the variety of flying warbirds in the mid-1970's and early 1980's was inspirational for Jeff. Having had the opportunity to meet a number of notable wartime pilots and other veterans were indelible moments that inspired him years later to begin creating his aircraft sculpture designs. Jeff is recognized in the world's wildfowl sculpture community as a Master Wildfowl Carver and creator of unique flying sculpture subjects. Since 1984, organizations in Canada and the United States have rewarded Jeff with over 200 awards for his original sculpture. Jeff became a "Master Wildfowl Carver" in 2005. In 2007 and 2008, Jeff received consecutive "World Champion" honours from the Ward Foundation, Salisbury Maryland, USA for wildfowl sculpture pieces. Jeff's original work has been exhibited at the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury, Maryland, USA; the Burdette Wildlife Gallery, Ontario, Canada; and his wildfowl and aviation pieces reside in numerous private collections around the world.
Jeff is a member of the Artists for Conservation, the Canadian Aviation Artists Association and is a volunteer and artist supporter of the Vintage Wings of Canada, Gatineau, Quebec, Canada.
Jeff states "I wish to capture the beauty and significance of these historical aircraft and inspire a broad appreciation for the men and women veterans who built and flew these legendary aircraft. Sculpture is unique medium and evokes a response in the viewer unlike any other form of art. I hope you will enjoy these pieces and consider a Legendary Wings sculpture for your collection".
UPDATE: June 2011. This painting is featured on page 82 of the June 2011 issue of Western Art Collector. Ross Buckland is entering this painting, and others, both landscape and aviation related, in the Western Art Auction to be held July 14, 2011 at the famous Calgary Stampede, the 99th. A Ross Buckalnd landscape, Yamnuska, is also featured in the magazine on page 78 along with a short description of the painting by Ross. Ross also had a painting accepted for the 2011 ASAA exhibit at the Pensacola Naval Air Museum. If you would like to purchase this Norseman painting, you'd better act before the auction! Sorry, but you missed out! Ross sold this painting at the Calgary Stampede Western Showcase Art Auction. Ross also reports that it was the very first inclusion and sale of an aviation subject at that auction.
This new work by Canadian artist Ross Buckland was recently exhibited at the 56th Peppertree Art Show in the Santa Ynez Valley in California. Measuring 20" x 30", this oil painting on stretched canvas depicts a current scene of the famous Noorduyn Norseman V banking through a pass on approach to another landing on a familiar fishing lake in the Yukon. Backed by a ring of mountains showing a summer snowcap, the Norseman exhibits it's handsome stature with summer float gear replacing the wintertime snow skis. On board are a party of fisherman enroute to a fishing lodge which opened in late May as the lake ice retreated, to be replaced by eager fishermen seeking their limits. Many of these superb fishing lakes can be reached only by air and the Norseman has long been a mainstay of Canadian and Alaskan bush pilots.
The rugged Canadian-built Norseman is a classic bush airplane of the north country. A tough, safe and versatile utility airplane, the Norseman was first flown in 1935 and has been a workhose ever since. The main version built by Noorduyn before WW2 was the Norseman IV; at least a hundred of the Montreal-built Norseman were used by the RCAF during the war as the main general light utility airplane. The Norseman remained in RCAF service until the mid-1950s when they were replaced by the DHC-3 Otter. A postwar version, the heavier Norseman V, as painted by Ross, was built by the Canadian Car & Foundry Company who had obtained the rights to the Norseman in the Spring of 1946.
Ross Buckland, a painter of both landscapes and aviation subjects, is well known to aviation print buffs for his earlier WW2 aircraft prints, including the P-38 D-Day scene, Front Row Seats, the Bf 109G of Gunther Rall in A Pack of Trouble, the F-86 of Ralph Parr in Shooter's Odds, and a A6M2 Zero in Rising Sons. His Beech Staggerwing print, Wichita Classic has been a favorite of general aviation fans for years, and the Reno Air Race scene of Bob Hoover's Mustang, Gentlemen You Have a Race , was an instant sell-out.
The following "Artist's Bio" outlines some of Ross' background:
This delightful painting is elegantly framed with a heavy gold molding which complements the beauty of the north country; the framed painting is shown below.
The rugged beauty of the Norseman is surrounded by the equally rugged beauty of the north country; you can own this outstanding painting by Ross Buckland for Sold.
Airman bust, "Throttle Jockey", by Oregon artist Joe Adams; a lost wax bronze casting, this bust is 6 5/8" high and is casting number 1. Priced at $805.00. Every art collection should have the beauty of three-dimensional art; this heroic pilot has etched his career in the permanence of bronze - a lasting piece which can be handed down for generations. This is the last example of "Throttle Jockey" remaining for sale and no more will be cast.
Ordering information is available at the bottom of this page.
The painting "Burbank: Union Air Terminal in 1934" by Michael Boss is shown above heading this page. This delightful painting of Union Air Terminal is 22" x 36" and is oil on stretched linen canvas. Spanish-Colonial Revival/Art Deco airport terminal located near Los Angeles, California was the first multi-million dollar airport in America. Aircraft shown include Roscoe Turner's Lockheed Air Express, a visiting American Airlines Curtiss Condor, Allan Hancock's Waco UIC and a Goodyear Blimp. This painting is available for CALL FOR NEW LOW PRICE. A limited-edition print is also available, size of image 13 1/2" x 22 1/2", in an edition of 950, priced at $75.00.
"Waco UIC" by Keith Ferris, ASAA, Oil on Masonite, 20" x 25", A founder of the American Society of Aviation Artists, Keith Ferris is undoubtedly the best known U.S. aviation artist, with works spanning the globe, many paintings in the USAF Art Collection, exhibitions at NASM and most major aviation museums, commercial assignments, calendars, major gallery shows, many private collections and more, along with his famous"Thunderbird" B-17 mural and jet history mural at the NASM. This delightful scene of a Waco over Ohio's winter countryside has been sold but many other original paintings are available on Keith's website, www.keithferrisart.com. Feel free to contact CollectAir for further information.
Shigeo Koike, a resident of Tokyo, is the premier box art artist for models produced by Japan's Hasegawa Seisakusho Co. Ltd. He has completed well over 200 pieces of box art for Hasegawa in his twenty some years of painting for the company. His work also appears on the beautiful calendars of Fuji Heavy Industries.. Koike was born in 1947.
Koike is widely recognized to be one of the finest aviation artists in the world with remarkable skill at detail. His aircraft are depicted with almost photographic accuracy while maintaining an artful flair and his use of colors and lighting is outstanding. Several books have been published featuring Koike's paintings. A collection of Koike's aviation paintings has been published by Sony Magazines, Inc., under the title Flyover: The Works of Shigeo Koike. The book, Wings! Box Art Illustration by Shigeo Koike, Vol. #1 Jet Age was published in 1990 by Hasegawa; the book cover and a typical illustration is shown below. This rare volume is available from CollectAir for $Sorry Sold.
Shigeo Koike did several limited prints for the American publisher, Concorde America, around 1987-89; these contracted paintings depicted historical combat scenes from the Pacific theater and a scene of a U-2 over China. Reportedly, Koike did not like doing the historical scenes as being out of "character" for him. These prints are now valuable collector items as each was signed by famous pilots, both Japanese and American.
A large selection of Koike box art and calendar paintings can be viewed on line by clicking here.
The original painting, Nakajima A1N2, is a classic acrylic painting by Shigeo Koike measuring approximately 14" x 15". This painting is framed with archival materials and glazed with UF-3 ultraviolet filtering plexiglass. The painting is shown below along with several detail views.
The Nakajima A1N2 depicted is from the Japanese carrier Kaga in February 1932. The A1N2 was developed by the Japanese from the British Gloucestershire Gambet. The A1N2 is an historic airplane from both the Japanese and American viewpoints as it was involved in the famous "Shanghai Incident." An American pilot, Robert Short, had been approached by an agent of the Chinese government to go to China and train pilots; Short was an Army reserve 2nd Lieutenant and a graduate of the March Field cadet class of 1928. It is suspected that Short's employment in China was arranged by both Boeing (the Chinese were flying the Boeing P-12 prototype, the 218, XP925A) and the War department. On February 19, 1932, a Chinese biplane, a Boeing 218, X66W, piloted by Lt. Robert Short, shot down a IJN aircraft in combat. On February 22, 1932, again while piloting a Boeing 218, near Suzhou, Lt. Short engaged three Japanese Navy biplanes, the Nakajima A1N2, from the Kaga. One IJNAF plane was shot down before Short was shot down and killed in combat with the other two Nakajima A1N2s. This battle result is officially recognized as the first aerial victory by the Japanese air forces in aerial combat. A discussion of this historic aerial engagement by IJNAF pilots Hiko Heisocho Toshio Kuro-iwa and Tai-I Nokiji Ikuta can be read by clicking here.
The Chinese were astonished by Short's action and gave him a hero's funeral which was delayed for a month so that his mother and brother could attend, along with half a million people who gathered along the route of the procession, wailing "Short, La." He was buried near Hongjiao Airport in Shanghai. The image of American planes defending China was established.
This painting was done about 20 years ago. Sorry, rarely offered, this Shigeo Koike magnificent artwork was recently sold.
A marvelous wood art creation by artist/craftsman Frank Chase. This 75% size model recreates the famous Gnome 7-cylinder, 70 h.p. rotary engine as used in many of the early airplanes such as the Bleriot XI. This engine is made with poplar, basswood, holly, ebony and brass details; the size of the basic motor is 36" x 36" x 24" deep.
All wood construction with internals present and functional; wood valve springs which are made with triple layer cold-molded laminations. The engine has a hollow crankshaft, a "fuel pump" and magneto with gear drive fully functional. The construction of the engine allows rotating/viewing of working parts with wood piston rings, cam, lifters etc. The 6-foot propeller is hand shaped and laminated. The ignition "wires" are crafted from triple laminated 3/64" wood and then hand trimmed to 1/8" wide and shaped to a round cross-section before staining red.
Crafted to 75% scale from plan sets created by Frank according to information gained from the web.
This outstanding creation by Frank Chase is available for $18,000.00. A sculpture in wood that will be the centerpiece of any collection.
More of the creations by Frank Chase may be viewed on his website by clicking here.
Shown below are two examples of the 7-cylinder Gnome installed in the Bleriot XI - one static in the NASM and one running as T.O.M. Sopwith flies over the Little Brewster Island in 1911.
This 18" x 24" painting was done in 1999 for the Santa Barbara Airshow. The painting, by Glenn Gravett of Ventura, California, features the Oracle Turbo Raven flown by Wayne Handley, one of the best known pilots on the aerobatic show circuit. On October 3, 1999, one year to the day that the Oracle Turbo Raven had been on the airshow circuit, Wayne was involved in a tragic accident while performing in the Turbo Raven at the California International Airshow at Salinas, California. The airplane was a total loss and Wayne sustained a broken back and other injuries. Thanks to the preparedness of the show's emergency personnel and the magnificent staff of the Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, Wayne made a complete recovery. Wayne retired from aerobatic flying following the crash.
The Turbo Raven was a follow-on to Handley's original reciprocating powered Raven which he had flown for eight years. The raven inspired color scheme on the two birds was designed by artist Art Siordia whose print, The Eagle and the Dragon, can be seen on the Art Prints page on this website. Wayne donated the original Raven to the Evergreen Aviation Museum in 2005. More info on Wayne Handley may be viewed by clicking here.
A video of the tragic crash of the Oracle Turbo Raven can be seen by clicking here.
The Santa Barbara airshow events added sports car racing demonstrations to the program; the Santa Barbara Airport had been the site of numerous races held following WW2. Shown on this painting is the Ferrari 625TRC/V12 Testa Rossa, #0672, which made its last race win showing on the Santa Barbara Airport circuit in March 1962, driven by Ken Miles. This beautiful car has been restored to Concours condition by Bruce Meyer.
This painting by Glenn Gravett was done in acrylic on canvas and the lettering was done in oil. The painting is available for $1750.00. The painting has been signed by Wayne Handley. Information on artist Glenn Gravett may be viewed by clicking here.
"Against the Elements" by Ernest Moseling, Oil on canvas board, 22" x 30". This painting depicts the first non-stop airplane crossing of the Atlantic on June 14-15, 1919. Captain John Alcock and Lt. Arthur Whitten Brown flew the Vickers Vimy bomber from St. Johns, Newfoundland to Clifden, County Galway, Ireland in a total flying time of 16 hours, 27 minutes. This painting appeared in the book, "Aviation Art." British artist Ernest Moseling says of this work, "In this painting, I have tried to portray the battle between this flimsy and tempermental flying machine against the might of the elements." A magnificent work for only $1550.00 SORRY SOLD. I had the opportunity a few years ago to visit the original Vimy in the British Science Museum in South Kensington - an inspiring sight - the very first airplane to cross the Atlantic non-stop. John Alcock died in an airplane crash soon after this flight and Teddy Brown lived a very sad life leaving aviation behind following this harrowing experience.
This Mike Boss original painting focuses on the famous "Golden Age" Wedell-Williams racing aircraft of the 1930s, the most successful of the 30s racing machinery. The Model 44 was described by Jimmy Wedell as being "Hotter than a pistol and twice as fast." NR-278V, NR-61Y and NR-536V were raced under various color schemes, different powerplant installations and with various pilots, winning two Thompson Trophy races, three Bendix Trophy races, and three Shell Speed Dash events between 1931 and 1935 plus many finishes in second and third places. Model 44 #92 appeared as "Miss New Orleans" in 1932 and won the Bendix Trophy with Jimmy Haizlip as pilot. #92 was later raced succ essfully by Mae Haizlip, Jimmy's wife. Roscoe Turner won the 1934 Thompson Trophy with NR-61Y. Mike has portrayed #92 during a test flight by Jimmy Wedell as it flies over the swamps near the home field of Wedell-Williams Air Service at Patterson, Louisiana.
This painting is done in acrylic on stretched canvas and measures 20" x 28". The painting is framed in a grey, rough finish frame to complement the Louisiana swamp setting. This painting is available for only $750.00.
"T-6 Driver" by Bill Tomsa is an Acrylic painting on stretched canvas, 16" x 20", and is priced at only $625. A modern North American T-6, Number 39, is captured during taxiing at an air race, the short-lived Phoenix 500. It's amazing what a painting can evoke - this scene of the pilot, his office and enough of the aircraft to let you know that it's a T-6, depicts in your mind's eye the entire race picture - the buzz of a dozen T-6s droning down the chute to start and the swarm of churning radials cramming the first pylon for position. I'm excited! Let's go to Reno! Bill is an artist member of the ASAA.
A delightful miniature painting, acrylic on stretched canvas, "Peashooter at Metro"; a Boeing P-26A stops in at Los Angeles Metropolitan Airport on a training flight (now Van Nuys Airport, VNY). This painting of #37 measures 8" x 12" and is unframed. Economically priced at only $SORRY SOLD$, you can own this original gem by Michael Boss for less than the price of many prints. The P-26 was the last open cockpit pursuit aircraft ordered by the Air Corps and was the first American all-metal monoplane fighter. The P-26 had been withdrawn from active duty prior to Pearl Harbor; fourteen P-26s were at Wheeler Field on December 7, 1941 as trainers and squadron hacks - most were destroyed during the attack. The Philippine Air Service had nine P-26s at Zablan and Batangas Fields (auxiliary fields used by the Air Corps); these P-26s accounted for several Japanese bomber kills in the December 1941 attack. By far the most attractive looking of the open cockpit fighters, the P-26 still attracts attention. Celebrate the 1930s Air Corps with this affordable painting of the diminuitive P-26 with its wingspan of only 27' 11 5/8". A solid wood model of the P-26A in 1:32 scale is shown on the "Articles" page link.
"Out of the Sun" by Gunnar Anderson is a mixed media painting on stretched canvas, 24" x 30". The British Bristol Fighter F.2B is shown in World War I action versus a German Fokker D VII. Reinhold Platz's excellent wartime design, the D VII, was put into immediate production and saw action by mid-April 1918. The Fokker D VII proved to be more than a match for the F.2B. Own this exciting slice of WWI action for only $1800.00 Must Contact Artist.
A miniature portrait of a currently flying warbird, the Curtiss P-40E, painted in the markings of a Flying Tigers P-40B. Jeanne Colbus has painted this scene in a vintage sepia-tone style using acrylics. Measuring 6" x 12", this "old photo" can be yours for $125.00 sorry sold framed. Also have a nicely framed, with glass, scene of a L-4 Cub at the same price.
James Crawford Angel, born in August 1899, became famous for his claim, in 1933, that he discovered the highest waterfall in the world in Venezuela, while flying over the interior. Other explorers in the region had probably also "discovered" the falls, but it was Jimmie Angel that got not only the credit, but the honor of having the falls named after him, "El Salto Angel," or "Angel Falls."
Jimmie Angel's world-wide adventures and exploits are in the "Indiana Jones" category, far too much for this brief summary. Tulio R. Sato, of the Latin American Aviation Historical Society, has written an account of Angel's life and exploits which you can view by clicking here. Also, Jimmie Angel's niece, Karen Angel, has a summary and photos of the Venezuelan adventures which you can access by clicking here. Additional web information can be obtained from the Eversole Research Collection.
The story of Angel Falls, and its discovery, can be found at the Davis-Monthan Aviation Field Register.
From the web: "Angel was working as an aviator guide in the Gran Sabana for the Santa Ana Mining Company of Tulsa, Oklahoma in the fall of 1933 with mining official D. H. Curry and Mexican co-pilot and mechanic Jose Cardona. While on a solo flight November 14, 1933, Angel flew into Devil's Canyon and saw for first time what was to eventually become known to the world as Angel Falls. Due to ceaseless heavy rains, Curry and Cardona quit the area without seeing what Angel referred to as his "mile high waterfall. The name Angel Falls came about during a Caracas reunion in 1937 of Angel and his friends, American petroleum geologist I. F. "Shorty" Martin and Venezuelan civil engineer and expert outdoorsman and mountaineer Gustavo (Cabuya: "String") Heny. They were talking about the waterfall and when they didn't have a name for it, Heny suggested the name Angel Falls; using Jimmie's last name because it was he who had made it known to the world."
Jimmie Angel and Angel Falls became better known to the world as the result of his October 9, 1937 landing of El Rio Caroni, his Flamingo airplane, on Auyan-tepui (mesa), above the falls, in search of McCracken's river of gold. This near-disastrous excursion to the isolated heights above Angel Falls left his damaged airplane on the Auyantepui until 1970 when it was brought out by first a FAV Bell UH-1H and a C-123; the airplane was restored and is currently on outdoor exhibit at Canaima, Cindad Bolivar Airport. At present, a Cessna Grand Caravan flies sightseeing trips over the falls from Canaima; a number of lodges around Canaima cater to travelers seeking adventure and a glimpse of the falls.
In his later life, with the family growing and the children needing a stable place to live, Jimmie and his family returned to the United States, during 1954. They settled in Santa Barbara, California, and lived there for two years. Angel died in December 1956 as a result of injuries suffered in an airplane crash.
A significant historical artifact from the life of Jimmie Angel was left in Santa Barbara during the 1954-56 stay. The all important "Pilot's Identification Card," issued by the Department of Commerce for James C. Angel , become the property of a local pilot who must have been a friend of Jimmie; this pilot's card is now being offered here for sale. The card was issued on April 1, 1928 which "accompanies Pilot's License No. 1987." The card carries Jimmie's signature, photograph and is signed on the back by Captain Gordon Armitage. This card was issued less than one year from the date of the first pilot's licensed issued in the U.S.; William P. MacCracken, the first federal regulator of aviation, also has the distinction of being the first recipient of a pilot's license to be issued by the U.S. Government which was issued on April 6, 1927. Photos of the card are shown below. Note that this Form R-19 was printed in 1928.
This outstanding, one-of-a-kind piece of history is available for Sorry, has been sold.
I've met a photographer who filmed a base jump off of Angel Falls. For one scary jump scene, go to Angel Falls jump.
These delightful watercolor illustrations were purchased in England by an American enthusiast. Each is single matted and framed in a simple oak molding. "Hurricane Mk.I", LE*D, is 10" x 13.5" and is watercolor on board. Priced at an economical $295.00. "Spitfire Mk.I", DW*K, is from Number 610 Sqdn., County of Chester, during the Battle of Britain. This airplane, N3029, was later lost on a ferry flight on Jan. 8, 1943. Also 10" x 13.5", framed and priced at only $295, lower than the price of a framed print! You can own the matched pair of paintings for $550.00.
"The Boeing F4B-4" by Ray Schmitt. Acrylic on board, 16" x 20". This painting was the fourth in a series by an Oakland, California artist, the late Ray Schmitt. The paintings were done in 1972 on commission to the Bank of America in San Francisco. The paintings were reproduced in prints which were utilized for promotional purposes. Ray Schmitt was a member of the American Aviation Historical Society and a World War II P-38 pilot. Ray did the paintings with the technical advice of the well known aviation historian and aviation plans draftsman and illustrator Willis Nye. These paintings were mentioned in the AAHS Newsletter #21 in 1972. The painting is in the original frame by Jacks Custom Picture Framing, Los Angeles, No. 16286. Also have a painting of the Grumman F3F-1 available in this series. These paintings hung in the San Francisco offices of BofA for many years. Own this piece of history for SORRY, BOTH SOLD, less than the price of many secondary market aviation prints.
British aviation artist Jim Mitchell created this dynamic scene, Hurricane Mk I and Spitfire Mk I, in oil on canvas, 20" x 28" in size. The painting depicts a Spitfire Mk I of 610 Squadron, based at Gravesend, England and a Hurricane Mk I of 87 Squadron, based at Deben and Church Fenton during the fateful summer of 1940 at the height of the Battle of Britain. Jim Mitchell's work has gained worldwide recognition with customers in 21 countries. His paintings have been used extensively in books and on dust jackets. As well as being a brilliant artist, the fact that Jim is the nephew of the late R.J. Mitchell, designer of the Spitfire and previous Supermarine aircraft, adds great interest to the collectability of his paintings. A model of the Spitfire prototype along with a discussion of R.J. Mitchell can be found on the Diverse Images Page. This painting may be purchased for $Sorry SOLD.
An acrylic on board painting by Michael Boss. This 8-inch by 15-inch scene shows the colorful Shrike of the 90th Attack Squadron of the 3rd Attack Group, U.S.A.A.C. in the early 1930s. The original XA-8 Shrike first flew in 1931. Thirteen Shrikes were ordered for service test, most powered by the 600 h.p. Curtiss Conqueror V-1570-31 Prestone cooled engine. This Y1A-8 was delivered to Fort Crockett, Texas and flown with the 3rd AG from 1932 to 1934. A radial engine installation proved superior to the liquid cooled and the follow-on contract was for a Wright R-1820-21 Cyclone powered A-12 Shrike and 46 were subsequently built for the Army Air Corps. A group of A-12s was in the Hawaiian Islands on December 7, 1941.
This painting reflects the interesting era of the first all-metal, low-wing attack monoplane - the Curtiss Shrike. This painting is not framed so you can frame to suit your requirements. Price is only $375.00.
Larry Lapadura's painting, "XP-38 Lightning", is a commemorative painting celebrating the Lockheed P-38 Lightning's first flight on January 27, 1939 from March Field, piloted by Army Air Corps Wright Field test pilot, Lt. Ben Kelsey. Acrylic on canvas, 24" x 36", and framed. This one-off prototype was flown only by Kelsey during its brief fourteen day flying existence. The XP-38, AC37-457, crashed on February 11, 1939 at the end of a transcontinental speed dash record attempt from California's March Field to Mitchel Field, Long Island. Upon his unannounced arrival, Lt. Kelsey had to crash land in the Cold Stream Golf Course after his engines probably iced up in the idle setting when he was stuck behind three or four slow flying PB-2A training planes in the pattern. His low airspeed was probably caused by the traffic but perhaps other concerns such as a low speed requirement for flap extension or inadequate brakes contributed. Nevertheless, the engines failed to accelerate on final approach and he had insufficient altitude to glide to the field.
No in-flight photos were taken of the XP-38, so paintings are the sole means to portray this most beautiful aircraft in it's primary setting, the sky. A Lockheed ad of the period, showing the XP-38 (although not labelled as such) was painted by the late Ren Wicks, an ASAA founder. Another Lockheed ad showed a "flying" XP-38 was just a retouched ground photo.
Kelsey had this to say about the radical design of the P-38: "I don't think any of you will ever appreciate the trail breaking the P-38 accomplished; it was unique in history in many ways. It did more things at the time that set the stage for later on. For one instance, we were somewhat concerned about a 45 pound wing loading because we were buying ones that rarely topped 30 pounds. Looking up aircraft that had been flown at high wing loadings, the only one we had that had any experience was the Sikorsky boat that had all of Long Island Sound to take-off in, making record flights. It had gone up to 45 pound per square foot. Here we were talking about a tactical aircraft that we would want to get over 50 foot obstacles both ways in about 2200 feet with wing loadings fully that high. The elegance of this design was apparent and we were willing to look at it." The 45 pound wing loading was made possible largely through the use of the Fowler flap, first used in production on the Lockheed Model L-14 transport, the "Super Electra," in 1937. Lockheed received a service test production order for thirteen YP-38s within about 60 days of the crash (April 27, 1939).
Oddly, there wasn't extensive magazine coverage of the XP-38 crash although news services carried February 11th dispatches about the crash; the AP headlined their article, "'Mystery' Plane Crashes At End of Test Speed Hop: Fails to Break Hughes Mark." The AP account was way off the mark insofar as describing the cause of the crash. "Time" magazine carried an article written in their abbreviated style but with reasonable accuracy. Here's a reprint of that short column. From the "TRANSPORT" column of the February 20, 1939 "Time" magazine, page 28.) "Sleek, Fast and Luckless. She was sleek as freshly peeled willow. As overalled mechanics trundled her out for the warm-up at March Field one day last week she gleamed slimly among the bulb-nosed fighters, the potbellied bombers on the Army Air Corps Southern California airdrome. Major General Henry H. Arnold, greying Chief of the Air Corps, surveyed with particular approval her twin engines, Prestone-cooled V-12 Allisons of 1,000 horsepower each, faired trimly into the metal wing. Well he knew that broadbeamed radial air-cooled motors, such as the big U. S. engine builders have brought to perfection, could not be used on such a ship without protruding in speed-killing humps on the wing's leading edges, that only the Allison (TIME, Jan. 30) could do the job cut out for the new fighter. When the engines had been warmed up, Lieutenant Ben S. Kelsey, one of the Army's ace test pilots, buckled his parachute leg-straps, climbed into her independent midships compartment (she is twin-tailed) and took off. Half an hour later he landed, and delighted Henry Arnold issued a statement to the press about XP-38, the Air Corps's break from pursuit tradition. The ship, said he, "opens up new horizons of performance probably unattainable by nations banking solely on the single engine arrangement." Kelsey had traveled more than 350 miles an hour in the test. He was satisfied the Lockheed was highly maneuverable, had more than 400 miles an hour in her. Day after the test, Ben Kelsey took the ship East, stopped 22 minutes at Amarillo for fuel, lost another 23 minutes at the gas pit in Dayton. When he whipped over Mitchel Field on Long Island, just as the sun was setting, he was seven hours, 45 minutes (elapsed time) out of March Field, 2,400 miles away, and only 17 minutes slower than Howard Hughes's record non-stop transcontinental flight in a racing plane in 1937. Swinging swiftly in a wide arc he squared away for a landing, let down his landing gear. Then came some more of the sort of bad luck that has dogged new Army ships of late. As Pilot Kelsey suddenly realized that he was falling short, he opened his throttles to drag into the field. Without so much as a cough his left engine died. Plowing her wheels through a tree, the XP-38, with right engine throttled, slammed into the sand bunker of a golf course, came to a stop with her right wing torn off, her props hopelessly snaggled, her fuselage twisted (see cut). A passing motorist helped dazed Ben Kelsey from the wreck. He had been only slightly cut. Probably damaged beyond repair was XP-38. But in the Lockheed factory, at Burbank, Calif., were all the drawings, dies and jigs needed to make many more like her. Pilots said the twin-engined pursuit ship had joined the Air Corps." (Caption for photo of wrecked XP-38, "XP-38 Wrecked on Long Island. The twin-engined pursuit ship joined the Air Corps nevertheless.")
May 1939 issue of Model Airplane News - a timely painting. The story of the XP-38 crash has some weird statements about Lt. Kelsey's condition following the force landing. Note the fanciful paint scheme applied by the great Jo Kotula!
A Joe Ott "Flying Battle Plane Kit" No. 3216 "Lockheed" with 32" wingspan. Not dated but probably from around 1941. The XP-38 shape was used and the box illustration is unmistakably a XP-38, much of it in the same fanciful colors as the Jo Kotula cover. Makes you want to buy that kit! It appears as if the box art was traced from Kotula's cover and rotated a bit. Why is the RH nacelle nose not painted red as the LH?
Exactly two years following the XP-38's first flight, the January 27, 1941 issue of LIFE magazine carried a Lockheed ad which featured a painting of the P-38 and Hudson done by the late Ren Wicks. The P-38 depicted is the XP-38, not the production version YP-38 of the day. I asked Ren why he painted the XP in 1941 and he said that the drawings and information that were given to him by Lockheed were for the XP - a slip up by the art director for the advertising. The detail of the XP-38 from the 1941 ad is shown below.
The use of XP-38 images in later advertising is a reoccurring theme. The full-page, Curtiss Electric Propeller ad, shown below, is from the Aero Digest of July 1941. The P-38 shown at top appears to be a YP-38 commonly pictured during that era. However, the P-38 in the lower left corner is actually the one-off XP-38 (shown in more detail below also); can you pick out the five or six prominent features that mark this one-of-a-kind prototype? Send me your answers via "Feedback".
A nice vintage drawing of the XP-38, or maybe the YP-38, origin unknown.
You can celebrate this famous airplane's birth with Larry's elegant painting. The painting is currently being exhibited by the artist; for information on how to contact Larry Lapadura, please use the Feedback Form.
CollectAir also has an elegant painting of the XP-38 by Stan Stokes priced at $5500. This scene, presented below, depicts Lt. Ben Kelsey in a XP-38 test flight at March Field in early February, 1939, just prior to his cross country record attempt. This 30" x 40" commissioned painting was completed in the fall of 1981.
Watch an excellent video of a walk-around and checkout in a P-38 by the late Jeff Ethell by clicking here. Use the back arrow to return.
A Michael Boss original painting, alkyd on masonite, measuring a generous 22 1/4" x 28 1/4". This painting, Western Air Express, is a recreation of the poster-style art used for advertising in the 1930s. Depicted is the Fokker F-32 built at the Fokker Aircraft Corporation of America facility in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey. Western began in 1926 at Vail Field (see "Montebello 1926" on Art Prints page) and later moved to Alhambra. The Los Angeles to San Francisco (actually Oakland Airport) route was called the "Model Airway" and was funded in 1928 by the Guggenheim Fund for the Promotion of Aeronautics; Pop Hanshue of Western believed that passenger service could be a Western priority and purchased tri-motor Fokker F-10s for the route. Later Pop purchased the four-engine Fokker F-32, elegantly upholstered in alligator skin with walnut panels on the walls; underpowered, the government prohibited more than 22 seats in the 32 seat airplane. The inagural of the F-32, on April 1, 1930, featured the Fanchon & Marco Chorus Girls who danced on the massive, one-piece wooden wing of the transport, NC333N. The tandem, push/pull Pratt & Whitney Hornet Bs powered the F-32 and it was the first four-engine passenger plane to be put into service in the U.S. Several F-32s were used on the route. Transport yourself back to 1930 and enjoy this colorful scene of "luxurious" travel in the modern F-32. This delightful painting is priced at only $350.00.
Painting of a Fairey Swordfish Mk I as it flies by the H.M.S. Ark Royal in 1938. This work by British artist Ernest Nisbet is done in gouache on board and measures 13" x 19"; framed and glazed with museum grade UV filtering plexiglas. The Swordfish is from No. 814 Squadron of the Fleet Air Arm. Mr. Nisbet is well known for his artwork on postage stamps. This painting is available for only $795.00. Be sure and see the magnificant Swordfish Mk I model on the Diverse Images English Pewter Models page; this model would be a superb partner to this painting.
Bronze, lost wax casting, entitled "Pappy Boyington", life-size. Sculpted by California artist Jan Portugal in 1988-89; bust number one was donated to the Black Sheep Squadron, VMA-214, Yuma MCAS, for their ready-room in June 1989, by "Hap" Halloran who was in the Omori prison camp with "Pappy." This magnificent bust belongs in a major museum. Price, $7,500.00.
The bust of Gregory "Pappy" Boyington, former commanding officer of VMF-214, was presented by Hap Halloran (for Consolidated Freightways, Inc.) to the Marine Attack Squadron 214 at MCAS Yuma in a special ceremony on June 22,1989. MCAS was home to the Marine Aircraft Group -13, a tactical air combat unit comprised of Headquarters and Maintenance Squadron - 13 and Marine Attack Squadrons 211, 214, 311 and 513. VMA-214, commanded by Lt. Col. T. R. Carstens, had just returned from the last deployment of the A4M before the squadron converted to the AV-8B Harrier II. Dignitaries, squadron personnel and press attended the ceremony in addition to Hap Halloran, "Jo" Boyington, Jan Portugal, Greg Boyington Jr., and myself.
A Michael Boss original painting, "Glendale: Grand Central Air Terminal in 1933", an oil on stretched linen, 28" x 46", priced at $CALL FOR NEW LOW PRICE. The Grand Central Air Terminal is shown in a typical 1933 scene. Grand Central existed until the airport was finally closed in 1959. The field served as an air base during WWII and was completley camouflaged by experts from Disney.
The spectacular Spanish-Colonial Revival/Art Deco airport provided services to major aircraft manufacturers and celebrities of the day. The Shirley Temple movie, "Bright Eyes", was filmed here. The aircraft shown include a Lockheed Orion of Varney Speed Lanes and a Ford Tri-motor. A limited edition print of this scene is available for $75.00. Historian John Underwood's 1984 book, Madcaps, Millionaires and Mose, presents an entertaining look at the history of Glendale Airport in text and pictures. John is also the author of a Grand Central pictorial, Images of Aviation - Grand Central Air Terminal, published in 2006 and is currently available. A very entertaining history of Grand Central.
A short film showing scenes from the 1930s Grand Central Air Terminal may be viewed by clicking here for Glendale. Use the back arrow to return to this page.
Mustang Escort by Barry Bichler, Oil on stretched canvas , 30" x 40", priced at $4,995. Major Clarence Anderson's P-51D-10, "Old Crow," of the 357th FG of the 8th AF is the focus of Barry's painting of the air war over Europe. A Me109 is downed by major Anderson as he escorts B-17s on a mission to German industrial centers. The greatest endorsement of this painting was by a retired Air Force General who remarked upon seeing this scene, "That's how it looked." He flew P-51 combat missions in the ETO. Barry Bichler has been commissioned by many individuals and corporations to paint personal and corporate aircraft. He has also painted aircraft for commercial and defense related clients and has done calendars and book illustrations. Major Clarence Anderson. Second only to the 56th FG in the number of air-to-air victories scored in the ETO, the 357th FG produced many fine combat pilots who racked up impressive scores. Major Anderson was one of the highest scoring aces of the 357th. The P-51D portrayed as "Old Crow" was serial number 44-14450, originally painted in a camouflage scheme, it was later stripped to bare metal and sported a red rudder. The name "Old Crow" appeared on the left side of the cowling. In his two combat tours in three different P-51s, Anderson flew 116 missions covering 480 hours of combat flying during which he destroyed 17 1/2 enemy aircraft and damaged several others. Major "Chuck" Yeager flew the P-51D, "Glamorous Glen III" with the 363rd Squadron of the 357th FG.
Knights in Shining Armour by John Dimond is an oil painting on stretched canvas, measuring 20" x 30". The beauty of a slightly oil stained, but fresh, Boeing B-17G is evident in this exacting Flying Fortress portrait by British aviation artist, John Dimond. This aircraft is from the 8th AF's 381st BG. A rare color photo shows this same B-17G with four more of the group. The book, "The History of the U.S. Air Force" by David Anderton, displays the WWII picture on page 87 giving credence to the magnificent appearance of this wartime bomber. The bomber appears in the unpainted finish used in the later stages of WWII, 1944-45. This shining finish will slowly degrade to an overall "tarnished" appearance if, God willing, the airplane survives it's upcoming missions over Germany. Own this framed painting for only $975.00. A detail of the B-17G is shown below.
George McWilliams painted this TA-4J of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, Patuxent Naval Air Station, when he worked there in the 1980s as an illustrator for the navy. George is responsible for many of the fine murals found on the air station. This excellent portrait of a test pilot school airplane measures 9" x 13" and is watercolor (yes, that detail is in watercolor) on board. Price for this fine painting, framed, is only $450.00 SORRY SOLD but have SBD Dauntless by George. Last I heard, George was successfully showing Chesapeake Bay skipjack scenes at an Annapolis gallery, Mystic Seaport and other art venues; George has moved to a West Virginia farm, far from the hectic urban scene and loves the rural living.
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