If it flies, it might be here.
P-38H McGuire Coming Home
Art depicts a P-38H piloted by Thomas Buchanan McGuire Jr. on his way home after a long day. McGuire's skill at maneuvering the large twin-engine P-38 was legendary, he became the second highest scoring American; he had 38 confirmed victories when he crashed and was killed during combat at Negros Island in the South Pacific.
Art depicts a pair of MiG-15s high over the Siberian landscape at midnight.
The MiG-15 was one of the first successful swept-wing jet fighters, and it achieved fame in the skies over Korea, where early in the war, it outclassed all straight-winged enemy fighters in daylight.
It is believed to have been the most widely produced jet aircraft ever made with over 12,000 built. Licensed foreign production perhaps raised the total to over 18,000.
F-117A Nighthawk Stealth Fighter
Art depicts the first night of the Gulf War. A F-117A Stealth Fighter is over Baghdad; first bomb has detonated as the second is just released. Heavy AAA fire and Flack fill the sky, but they are shooting blind. The Stealth fighter will be best remembered for the attacks on Baghdad during January 1991, the Nighthawk hit 1,600 high-value targets in Iraq.
Art depicts an U.S. Air Force Albatross rescue of a downed pilot off the Korea coast during the the Korean War. The Albatross was the last seaplane operated by the USAF, they were replaced by helicopters.
Originally designated as the SA-16 for the USAF and the JR2F-1 and UF-1 for the USN and USCG, it was re-designated as the HU-16 in 1962.
P-38J Lighting MacDonald
Art depicts a Lockheed P-38J Lighting over the Pacific in 1945. Flown by the seventh-ranking American ace, Charles MacDonald, in the aircraft he named "Putt Putt Maru".
The Lightning was successfully deployed in every theater of combat during World War Two. It was especially effective in the Pacific Theater, where its exceptional range and the security of two engines allowed long-range combat missions over large expanses of water. When P-38 production ended in 1945, a total of 9,923 airplanes had been built.
Art depicts a Lockheed F-94C Starfire of the USAF ADC 27th Fighter Interceptor Squadron over western Massachusetts in 1954.
The F-94 series all-weather interceptors were developed from the Lockheed F-80 Shooting Star. The prototype F-94 first flew on July 1, 1949. Improvements in the F-94C included a higher thrust engine, single point refueling, a redesigned wing, a sweptback horizontal stabilizer, upgraded fire control and navigation systems, and later, mid-wing rocket pods. Twenty-four rockets were carried in the nose in a ring around the radome, shielded by retractable doors, with an additional 24 in the wing pods. The F-94C carried no guns. Starfires were employed in the air defense of the continental United States in the 1950s. A total of 862 F-94s were built, the last F-94Cs were withdrawn from USAF service in 1959.
P-38L Lightning Bong
Art depicts Richard Bong in a P-38 just before initiating his attack on a Japanese Betty bomber, his 10th aerial victory. Bong achieved 40 kills during WW-2, the highest American Ace of all time.
Richard Bong was sent home after 40 victories so he would be safe for the rest of the war. He worked as a test pilot for the new P-80 jet fighter at Lockheed, Burbank. During a take-off the fuel pump failed, Bong ejected but was to low for the parachute to open. This happened on the same day as the first atomic bomb attack.
YF-100A Super Sabre
Art depicts the moment of going supersonic during the first flight of the first North American YF-100A Super Sabre by pilot George “Wheaties” Welch on May 25, 1953. The Super Sabre, also known as the Hun in later years, was the first USAF operational aircraft capable of supersonic speeds in level flight.
Only two YF-100As were built, the first no longer exists, however the second is on public display at the main gate of Edwards AFB, California.
Gee Bee R-1
Art depicts a fast and dangerous Gee Bee R-1, which is perhaps the best-known air racer from 1932. The R-1 won the 1932 Thompson Trophy race, piloted by Jimmy Doolittle. The Gee Bee Model R Super Sportster was a special purpose racing aircraft made by Granville Brothers Aircraft of Springfield, Massachusetts. Gee Bee stands for Granville Brothers.
RC-135V/W Rivet Joint
The RC-135V/W Rivet Joint reconnaissance aircraft supports theater and national level consumers with near real time on-scene intelligence collection, analysis and dissemination capabilities.
The aircraft is an extensively modified C-135. The Rivet Joint's modifications are primarily related to its on-board sensor suite, which allows the mission crew to detect, identify and geolocate signals throughout the electromagnetic spectrum. The mission crew can then forward gathered information in a variety of formats to a wide range of consumers via Rivet Joint's extensive communications suite.
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Art depicts the last flight of the last flying boat in the US Navy, a P5M-2S Marlin as it approaches Paxtuxent River NATC, Maryland.
It made its final water landing on July 12, 1968, over 40 years ago. This Marlin was on outdoor display for many years at Pax River, and then it was transferred by barge to NAS Pensacola in 1987, it is the sole survivor Marlin where it is currently on outdoor display at the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola.
Actual combat for the Martin Marlin came at the very end of its service life, off Vietnam. Between 1964 and 1967 three squadrons based at Sangley Point Naval Air Station in the Philippines operated from tenders anchored in Cam Ranh Bay near Saigon, patrolling the Southeast Asian coasts as part of Operation Market Time. They occasionally attacked small surface vessels supplying enemy forces, using rockets mounted under their wings or machine guns fired from open doors
LZ-129 Hindenburg & JU-52
LZ -129 Hindenburg was a large German commercial passenger-carrying rigid airship, the lead ship of the Hindenburg class, the longest class of flying machine and the largest airship by envelope volume. It was designed and built by the Zeppelin Company on the shores of Lake Constance in Friedrichshafen and was operated by the German Zeppelin Airline Company. The airship flew from March 1936 until destroyed by fire 14 months later on May 6, 1937, at the end of the first North American transatlantic journey of its second season of service.
The Hindenburg made 17 round trips across the Atlantic in 1936, its first and only full year of service, with ten trips to the United States and seven to Brazil. The first passenger trip across the North Atlantic left Friedrichshafen on 6 May with 56 crew and 50 passengers, arriving Lakehurst on 9 May. The ten westward trips that season took 53 to 78 hours and eastward took 43 to 61 hours. The last eastward trip of the year left Lakehurst on 10 October; the first North Atlantic trip of 1937 ended in the Hindenburg disaster.
The Hindenburg was used for propaganda when it flew over the Olympic Stadium in Berlin on August 1 during the opening ceremonies of the 1936 Summer Olympic Games.
P-40 Looking for Trouble
Three P-40 Warhawks climbing to service ceiling in the fall of 1944 over central China. The P-40 was durable but not particularly good technically or in performance. At best, it was only a "good second choice." The Curtiss Warhawk first flew in the autumn of 1938 and was produced until 1944. By July 1945 only one P-40 group remained operational.
The Warhawk is most associated with the Flying Tigers of the American
Volunteer Group (AVG) and the distinctive shark mouth paint scheme. The AVG formed in mid 1941 to fight the Japanese from China with a force of 90 P-40's made up of three squadrons. The USAAF continued the Flying Tigers name and paint scheme in China, although they did not have the charisma or success rate of the AVG.
"Duke" Hedman, a member of the Flying Tigers, became the first American ace when he shot down five enemy aircraft over Rangoon, Burma, on Christmas Day 1941. "The ace of the American Scalpers squadron is an unassuming straightforward farm boy from South Dakota who is known as "Duke" to American fliers in Burma," Actor John Wayne later picked up the nickname "Duke" after playing a role as a member of the Flying Tigers.
B-47B release inert Mk-6 Atomic bomb
Art depicts a B-47B release of an inert Mk-6 Atomic bomb casing during a training mission in the mid 1950s. It is a Boeing B-47B-50-BW Stratojet, serial number 51-2323.
If war had come with the Soviet Union, more than a thousand B-47s would have simultaneously swarmed Russia, each with an Mk-6 Atomic bomb.
The Boeing B-47 was America's first swept-wing multi-engine bomber. It represented a milestone in aviation history and a revolution in aircraft design. Every large jet aircraft today is a descendant of the B-47.
Training flight of four T-2 Buckeye's, which
were a familiar sight in the skies over Pensacola, Fl.
The North American Aviation T-2 advanced trainer has been responsible
for training and carrier qualifying more than 11,000 US Navy fast jet
aviators since the early 1960s.
In all, 550 Buckeyes were built from 1958 through 1976.
The XB-70 Valkyrie was the prototype version of the proposed nuclear-armed deep-penetration strategic bomber for USAF SAC.
Art depicts a B-70 test flight with an F-104 safety chase aircraft.
Designed by North American Aviation in the late 1950s, the Valkyrie was a large six-engined aircraft able to fly Mach 3+ at an altitude of 70,000 feet.
This painting depicts an RF-4C Phantom reconnaissance plane of the
California ANG on a 1980 low level training mission in the San Joaquin Valley.
The "Double Ugly" flew low and in your face photo missions, unlike the
U-2 that was almost never noticed, everyone knew when the mighty Phantom screamed overhead, the roar was high on the pucker factor scale.
Ryan NYP "Spirit of St. Louis"
This painting depicts Charles A. Lindbergh midway across the Atlantic
in the middle of the night, the only lights are the stars and his
planes exhaust flashes.
Lindbergh spent his life savings on the plane and borrowed more money
from some supporting business men in St. Louis, for which he named
On May 21, 1927, Charles A. Lindbergh completed the first solo nonstop
transatlantic flight in history, flying his Ryan NYP "Spirit of St.
Louis" 3,610 miles between Roosevelt Field on Long Island, New York,
and Paris, France, in 33 hours, 30 minutes. He repaid all of his debt's
with the prize money.
KC-97F Stratotanker & B-47
This painting depicts 19 USAF KC-97 Stratotankers being met by 44 USAF B-47 Stratojets over the mid Pacific in the summer of 1954. The USAF Strategic Air Command would conduct long range exercises to demonstrate it's "projection of power" capabilities to it's adversary, the Soviet Union. This SAC Wing is flying from March AFB in Southern California non stop to Guam in the Western Pacific for a 60 day TDY. Each B-47 is carrying a live Mk-6 Nuclear Weapon with a 154 kiloton yield that may be used for air burst over soft targets or contact for hard target attacks. If war had come then, over a thousand B-47's in waves would have bombed their targets, the power of SAC continued to grow to even much higher levels over the following years.
The Boeing KC-97 made the long reach of SAC possible. The C-97
Stratofreighter was a cargo version of the B-29 with the same wings,
tail and engines. The prototype first flew in 1944 and the tanker
version KC-97 was introduced in 1950 using the "flying boom" refueling
system developed by Boeing.
To accommodate the much faster B-47 jet, the refueling connection would be made at the KC-97's service ceiling and then the bomber and tanker flew down hill or "tobogganed" together enabling the tanker to pick up more speed.
Starting in 1956, the jet KC-135, also called the "Stratotanker",
gradually replaced the KC-97. The last USAF C/KC-97 was retired in
Lockheed Super Constellation
My favorite big prop airliner is the Lockheed Super Constellation, it’s beautiful dolphin-shaped fuselage and triple tail that was low enough to fit into existing hangers. This image depicts flying through light rain.
The first Connie flight was in 1943 with a top speed of 375 mph, faster than the Japanese Zero fighter of the time.
Art of a Boeing P-26 Peashooter, this was the first American all-metal production fighter aircraft and the first pursuit monoplane used by the United States Army Air Corps.
Designed and built by Boeing; the prototype first flew in 1932, and the type was still in use with the U.S. Army Air Corps as late as 1941.
C-17 Globemaster III
Art depicts a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III from March ARB, California on a mission to the Pantex Nuclear Weapons Plant near Amarillo, Texas.
The C-17 is the newest, most flexible cargo aircraft to enter the airlift force. It is capable of rapid strategic delivery of troops and all types of cargo to main operating bases or directly to forward bases in the deployment area.
Aviation art depicts an F4U Corsair fighter equipped with night mission belly Radar, two bombs and eight rockets. The tail code is for USMC VMF-214 during Korea.
The Corsair was fast, sturdy, powerful, well-armed and versatile. The F4U is often said to have been the most successful air-to-air fighter of WW-2 based upon a claimed 11 to 1 kill ratio.
Art depicts a U.S. Navy P2V-7 Neptune on patrol over Antarctica in the late 1950’s.
The Lockheed P-2 Neptune (designated P2V by the US Navy prior to September 1962) was a Maritime patrol and ASW aircraft. It was developed for the United States Navy by Lockheed, it was designed as a land-based aircraft.
F-100 Super Sabre
Super Sabre, also called the Hun, was the first supersonic fighter. The North American Aviation F-100 Super Sabre was a sleek, swept-back-wing fighter.
Since May 1953, when the first prototype model bettered the speed of sound on its first flight, the versatile fighter set numerous records for speed, endurance, range and maintenance.
In addition to its four 20 mm cannons the F-100 had nuclear bomb armament, the Super Sabre could be equipped to fire rockets and missiles, including the heat-seeking GAR-8 Sidewinder.
Art depicts the B-29 Tokyo firebombing raid, Operation Meetinghouse, the deadliest attack in history. Greater than Dresden, Hiroshima, or Nagasaki as single events.
On the windy night of March 9-10, 1945, 334 B-29s took off to raid with 279 of them dropping 1,665 tons of bombs on Tokyo.
Almost 90% of the bombs dropped on the home islands of Japan were delivered by the B-29 bomber.