Okay yes I just updated the web site yesterday, and I said I would be finishing up the F-111F and will I guess I had already finished it. I was so caught up in doing the Burbank Helo that…… well enough of that. Here is the USAF F-111F. The aircraft s/n 71-0891, flew with the 48th TFW during the first Gulf War. Based in Lakenheath, UK. While participating in Desert Storm she flew out of Taif, Saudi Arabia. I have also seen picture of this aircraft carrying the name “East Anglia” on the nose. I almost added it just for the fun of it.
Second up, we have a Douglas A-1H Skyraider. This one in USAF markings. 134-555, “The Proud American” flew with the 602nd SOS/ 56th SOW out of Nakhon Phanom, Thailand. I do not have any information on the pilot assigned to this aircraft. I saw this aircraft in a Squadron Signal book TAC by Lou Drendel. During my research I found several “Proud American” SPADS. One had a eagle in the middle of the text. But I used the picture as my main reference. It was from the right side and showed the markings fairly well. Also during my research I found conflicting information as to tail codes, bases and units. So if anyone has anymore information on this aircraft I would love to hear from you. I think I will be doing another USAF Skyraider. I found a very interesting on-line book by a Skyraider pilot and I think I might do one of his aircraft. This caricature is dedicated to the brave Sandy pilots that flew into harms way to save fellow aviators shot down over enemy territory, escorting the Jolly Green helos on SAR missions.
Okay that’s it for now. And as usual if you see what you like drop me a line and let me know. I love to hear from those that enjoy my art.
Ohh and one last add. A gentleman I met at the Planes of Fame air show, a photographer who works with a on line magazine called Air Show Stuff on-line, was kind enough to mention me and my art in the latest issue of the magazine. There is an article on the Planes of Fame air show that is worth reading. So go to www.airshowstuff.com and check out the June issue, there are some great photographs from some of the air shows around the country. The one on the Corsairs is great.
Wow it seems like forever since I added any new caricatures to the site. Hopefully that will not be true for to long. Today I add a special caricature. This particular art work is the raffle prize that Burbank Police won at the Pasadena fly-in. They have three MD-500N’s which operate as part of the Burbank Glendale Joint Air Support Unit. They choose to have their newest 500N be the subject of this caricature. (I looks like they may also have the other two helos done as well) This then is MD-500N N103CG. I think this caricature came out really well. There is allot of detail in there. Plus the colors look really good. It was a pleasure working with these guys. I had the opportunity to go out and shoot a few extra shots at their hanger and they were very helpful and informative regarding the helos and the differences between each aircraft. Really good bunch of guys and I really want to thank them for their assistance.
So what’s next. Well I have another commission on the board. That would be a Bell 412 helicopter. This one in the colors of the LA County Fire Dept. So it looks like I will be staying with the helo’s for a little bit longer. Speaking of helos I am also drawing up a AH-1 Cobra as there was lots of interest in a Cobra caricature. I am also drawing a B-29, B-26, F-100, F-105, SR-7, F-35 and a DC-9. So look for several new caricatures soon. The B-29 is something I added after reading “Masters of the Air” by Donald L. Miller. This is a very good book detailing the Eighth Air Force during WWII. In there I learned that Col. Paul Tibbets flew lead on the first Eighth Air Force daylight raid against German, and obviously he is best know for flying Enola Gay and dropping the first atomic bomb. I thought it would be fun to have his B-17 and his B-29 on the same print. first bombing mission and one of the last missions of the war. Also the F-100 will be a nod to all the Misty pilots out there. After reading “Bury Us Upside Down” by Rick Newman and Don Sheppard (himself a Misty pilot) I had to create a caricature to honor those brave men. If you haven’t read this book, I highly recommend it. I think I will also repaint my A-1 Skyraider into USAF markings for all the Sandy pilots out there. Well that about updates everything so far. If you have any suggestions as to markings for any of these forth coming caricatures let me know. If you flew any of these great aircraft I would love to hear from you.
One last add. I have just about finished a USAF F-111. So all you F-111 fans will finally have a US version.