2013 ASAA International Aerospace Art Exhibition

2013 ASAA
International Aerospace Art Exhibition

June 23-September 23, 2013 Baltimore, Maryland

All art in the Exhibit is displayed on this page.
To see the 2013 Award Winners, click here

Robert G. Aikins
Raptor’s Rage
(18” X 24” Oil)

Lockheed Martin developed the F-22 Raptor from an USAF request for an Advanced Tactical Fighter able to achieve air superiority over hostile territory. Many aviation experts agree that the F-22 is the most capable combat aircraft in the world today. In this painting, a New Mexico-based F-22A Raptor, operated by the 49th Fighter Wing’s 7th Fighter Squadron, spits out flares during an evening training sortie. Flares are a defense against heatseeking missiles.Click on image for larger view

Robert G. Aikins
Island Stopover
(16” X 22” Oil)

Pan American Airways’ Martin M-130 China Clippers crossed the Pacific Ocean in the golden age of the flyingboat, when air travel was a luxury for a privileged few. When it began carrying passengers in 1936, the Clippers were the world’s largest production airliners. PanAm flew from San Francisco to Manila in six days, with a flying time of 59 hours, 48 minutes. The M-130 China Clipper in this painting is pictured at a Pacific Island overnight stopover during a spectacular sunset.

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a Alexander Bostic
At The Ready in DC
(20” X 30” Oil)

As militia units, the units in the District of Columbia Air National Guard are not in the normal United States Air Force chain of command. As a federal district, the units of the DC ANG are under the direct jurisdiction of the President of the United States through the office of the Commanding General, District of Columbia National Guard, unless activated. The District of Columbia Air National Guard is headquartered in Washington D.C.

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Mark Bray
The Lunarian Man
(20” X 14” Pencil)

The Art, The Science and The Faith of the Apollo space program. Using Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man as a backdrop, I wanted to create a piece that represented the enormous effort required by thousands of individuals to put man on the moon. Very symbolic – I tried to acknowledge everything from early astronomy to modern day physics, from science fiction to science fact, from conceptual design to reality – all of this punctuated by basic human emotion – there’s just no feeling like that of wanting to go “home.”Click on image for larger view

Mark Bray
Stand by for Columbia
(30” X 15” Oil)

Space Shuttle Columbia and her crew have moved beyond our reality and entered a stellar portal to the heavens. She and her crew are returning to that from which we all came: the basic building blocks of life. One of the most beautiful sights in our Universe is also one of the most violent and destructive forces: the death of a super massive star. The energy generated by this incredible event moves both space and time, allowing us a glimpse of how this stellar portal to the heavens might look.

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Jesse Buckles
Blue Angels over Ft. McHenry
(30” X 20” Mixed Media)

The Blue Angels’ F/A-18 Hornets flew over Baltimore’s Fort McHenry during its Centennial Celebration of the War of 1812. The Blue Angels used Maryland’s Martin State Airport as a staging area for their flight operations. 

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Hank Caruso
Rinse Spin Drip Dry
(11” X 14” Mixed Media)

Although described conceptually several hundred years ago, the helicopter didn’t come into widespread operational use until the Korean War. The Sikorsky S-51 was the preeminent shipboard search and rescue helicopter during the late 1940s and early 1950s. Many injured ground troops and downed aviators owe their lives to this helicopter’s unique capabilities and the courage of its flight crews.Click on image for larger view

Hank Caruso
The Cat Steps Out
(14” X 17” Mixed Media)

The US Navy’s venerable PBY Catalina was its first patrol bomber. First flown in 1935, it was not finally retired until 1957, a remarkable span of service for a design based on pre-World War II technology. This Aerocature, showing a “Cat” up on the step” ready to lift off of the water, first appeared in Naval Aviation News (September/October 1999).Click on image for larger view

Hank Caruso
Cat Stoke Fever
(14” X 17” Mixed Media)

The Boeing F/A-18C Hornet is designed to withstand the unique launch and landing stresses that go along with US Navy carrier operations. Here a Hornet is given the launch signal from the yellow-shirted launch director. The aircraft is simultaneously being pulled suddenly forward by the catapult shuttle and being pushed from behind by its twin engines in full afterburner.Click on image for larger view

a Douglas Castleman
Mercury Atlas
(30” X 15” Oil)

This painting shows the launch from Pad 14 of the second American orbital mission of the Mercury Space Program (MA-7) with astronaut Scott Carpenter, using an Atlas booster. This mission was less than completely successful, and the astronaut never flew into space again. He went on to study the Earth’s oceans after he left the space program. 

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a Douglas Castleman
Boeing 737
(8” X 24” Oil)

An American Airlines 737-800 jet airliner carries its passengers through the clouds.

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John Clark
First Look
(16″ x x20″ Oil)

Before astronauts visited the moon, scientists had to know if the lunar soil could support the weight of a spacecraft. The Ranger series of spacecraft was designed to take closeup pictures of the moon to help answer this question. Launched on July 28, 1964, Ranger 7 carried six highresolution TV cameras that transmitted images of its last 17 minutes of flight as it plunged towards the moon. This painting represents the close-up “First Look” pictures of the moon taken by Ranger 7.Click on image for larger view

Gary Elshoff
Ming’s Menace
(25” X 25” Stained Glass)

This is a whimsical composition inspired by the 1930’s-era serial movies of Flash Gordon. The image suggests a flight over the menacing planet Mongo by a spaceship in the service of the evil villain “Ming, the Merciless,” while one of Mongo’s moons looms behind the red planet. The work is copper-foiled stained glass, with a black patina over most of the solder seams. However, the spaceship itself has gold leaf covering its seams and joints. 
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Keith Ferris
Rite of Passage
(24″ x 38″ Oil)

The USAF’s T-37 fleet used a high-visibility paint system designed by the artist in 1987. In 2007, he flew with an instructor on a 45-minute, two-ship aerobatic training sortie with the 14th Flying Training Wing at Columbus AFB. The painting conveys the feeling of hanging on the leader’s wing throughout the whole series of maneuvers required as a “Rite of Passage” necessary to become a pilot in the United States Air Force. The painting is a selfportrait of that memorable experience. 

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Charles Kadin
Sea King at 50
(16″ x 20″ Oil)

The Royal Canadian Navy’s first Sikorsky CH-124 Sea Kings arrived at Shearwater, Nova Scotia, in August 1963. Canadian Sea Kings differed from the US Navy version through the addition of unique mission avionics, Helicopter Haul down, Rapid Securing Device Fitments, strengthened main undercarriage and automatic tail pylon folding system. Sea Kings pioneered operations from small destroyers, resulting in a greater range for antisubmarine operations.Click on image for larger view

a David Kalbach
Navy Male
(20″ x 27″ Watercolour)

A C-2 Greyhound pilot delivers the mail as well personal items, equipment, and other cargo of import in support of carrier operations. The C-2 Greyhound is considered one of the more difficult planes to fly.Click on image for larger view

Michele Kimbrough
Needing Repairs
(11″ x 15″ Watercolor)

Maintenance personnel at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, work on an A-10 Warthog in 2002 while dealing with flying dust from a CH-47 Chinook helicopter sling loaded with a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter. The damaged Blackhawk experienced a hard landing and was being moved for transport in a C-17 cargo aircraft. The UH-60 Helicopter was part of the 57th Medical Company (Air Ambulance) out of Ft. Bragg, NC, functioning as a Forward Support Medical Team (FSMT).Click on image for larger view

William Kluge
The One That Got Away
(48″ X 36″ Alkyd)

During one of the many furious air battles following the onset of Operation Linebacker in the summer of 1972, a NVPAF MiG-21 passes close by, following his head-on attack on a flight of F-105G Wild Weasels. Colonel Porter Thompson lights his “burner” and maneuvers his Thunderchief in an attempt to get on the MiG’s tail. But the nimble MiG escapes this hit-and-run encounter, leaving Col. Thompson with only his story to tell of the one that got away.


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Larry Manofsky
Daphnis, Moon of Saturn. Gravity Waves in the Keeler Gap
(24” X 48” Oil)

As Daphnis orbits within the Keeler Gap of the A-Ring of Saturn, its gravitational field disturbs the ring material and produces waves in the particles that form the edges of the Keeler Gap. (Many thanks to Dr. John W.Weiss, Cassini-Huygens team member, in helping to visualize this scene.)
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Priscilla Messner-Patterson
(24″ x 36″ Oil)

Travelers prepare to board a Bering Air Cessna Caravan in Kiana, Alaska. The village, population 361, is 30 miles north of the Arctic Circle and 57 miles east of Kotzebue. 

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a Priscilla Messner-Patterson
(18″ x 12″ Watercolour)

A female Army crew member inspects the forward rotor hub and blades of a CH-47D Chinook helicopter. 

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a Wade Meyers
The Duxford Boys
(20” X 42” Oil)

Maj. Richard A. “Dick” Hewitt logged 426 hours of combat time with the Duxford-based 78th Fighter Group. During his second tour, Dick was promoted to commander of the 82nd Fighter Squadron. His P-51’s moniker alludes to his name and, of course, the traditional Craps call of “Ten.” Flying close formation on Hewitt is 1Lt. Larry Nelson in his “Heavenly Body.”Click on image for larger view

Wade Meyers
Morning Serenade
(14” X 30” Oil)

A Royal Air Force 32 Squadron S.E.5a enjoys a moment of peace while on patrol in May, 1918. The title refers to the sing-song humming of the rigging wires vibrating in the air stream. 

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David Miekle
(12” X 24” Oil)

Republic P-47 Thunderbolts of the 333rd Fighter Squadron, 318th Fighter Group, head out over the Pacific in the summer of 1945. 

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Crissie Murphy
Corner Office
(16” X 20”Acrylic)

My first assignment with the USAF Art Program was to document the Air Mobility Command Rodeo in 2007. Our escort, after much maneuvering, secured a spot for us on a C-130 from Savannah flying a medevac simulation with a Pakistani medical team. It was my first experience aboard a military flight, and I was allowed on the flight deck. As I exclaimed at the spectacular view of Mt. Rainier, one of the crew quipped, “Yeah, there’s a great view from the corner office!”

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Pati O’Neal
Gone West
(18” X 24” Oil)

In this painting, Red Tail P-51C “Tuskegee Airmen” sits on the ramp facing west into the setting sun in tribute to all those that have “Gone West.” The phrase “Gone West” refers to the belief in primitive times that the blessed went off to islands in the sunset when they passed their time on earth. The term gained popularity as a euphemism for death during World War I, when wounded or dead Allied soldiers were sent west on their way home, along with the thought of the sun setting at the end of a perilous day. 

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Pati O’Neal
Coconut Clipper
(18” X 24” Acrylic/Mixed)

This painting, created on actual coconut tree fiber, depicts a Martin M-130 coming in to dock beneath the fronds of tropical coconut palms. This aircraft was better known as the China Clipper, the Hawaii Clipper, and the Philippine Clipper during the Golden Age of Aviation. With the advent of their flights, the dream of exotic locales became known to the masses and a reality to a chosen few. These Clippers and their travels are still viewed as the true essence of the romance of flight. 

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Mark Pestana
Secret Squadron
(18” X 24” Acrylic)

During the 1960s the US Air Force operated a secret squadron of various Soviet fighters in Nevada. The 4477th Test and Evaluation Squadron evaluated Soviet aircraft performance and trained fighter pilots in tactics against these dissimilar aircraft. The painting, on an aeronautical chart of the area, depicts a MiG-21, which was designated as a YF-110 test aircraft to conceal its identity.Click on image for larger view

Cher Pruys
Brilliant Finish
(9″ X 13″ Mixed)

The breath taking image of this gorgeous Beech 18 with its brilliant finish, makes a worthy subject.Click on image for larger view

Cher Pruys
(8” X 13” Watercolour)

These wonderful ” Warbirds” are on display for all to see at an airshow.

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Sharon Rajnus
Mission Enroute
(20” X 14” Watercolour)

Women in Combat” are deployed in various roles, including medics, pilots, ground support, military police, and intelligence specialists. This watercolor depicts a moment in a helicopter’s journey to the scene, the calm before the storm.Click on image for larger view

a David Rawlins
Hollis Hills
(24” X 48” Oil)

Hollis Hills was an American pilot who joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1940. In August 1942, flying an Allison powered P-51 Mustang Mk I over Dieppe, he shot down an FW 190, becoming the first Mustang pilot to shoot down an enemy aircraft. Later, Hills transferred to the US Navy and flew F6F Hellcats in the Pacific Theatre. There he shot down 4 Japanese aircraft to become an ace. Hills retired from the Navy in 1964. 

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Paul Rendel
Leading the Pack
(48′” x 36″Oil)

Soaring cross country can be enjoyable and challenging for any pilot. Be ready on that good soaring weather day and have a crew ready to back you up. If you miss a thermal, landing in a farmer’s field creates a sport that keeps you alert. Having your friends following your flight leads to an important question: What’s my next heading?

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Douglas Rowe
Projection of Power
(12” X 36” Oil)

The presidential aircraft is a prominent symbol of the American presidency and the power associated with the office. It is the most famous and most photographed aircraft in the world. Since 1990, the president has flown predominantly in one of two Boeing VC-25As (depicted in the painting), which are specially configured Boeing 747-200B series aircraft.Click on image for larger view

Norm Siegel
First Encounter
(48″ X 36″ Oil)

As a flight instructor in Hawaii, Cornelia Clark Fort was taking a student for some early morning “touch and goes” out of John Rodgers Airport on December 7, 1941. Quickly taking the controls from her student, Cornelia avoided a mid-air collision with a Japanese Zero that passed closely under her Interstate Cadet. She escaped being shot at and strafed then, only to be the first American woman to die in a mid-air collision 18 months later while ferrying a BT-13 as a WASP.

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Russell Smith
The Eagle and The Butterfly
(22″ x 45″ Oil)

“The Eagle and the Butterfly” depicts the wounding of Manfred von Richthofen in his Albatross D.V on July 6, 1917, during an attack on a flight of F.E.2ds from 20 Squadron RFC.Click on image for larger view

Matthew Smolin
My Ride Home
(40” X 30” Oil)

“My Ride Home” depicts a flight of two Sikorsky UH-60 Blackhawks over the Tigris River en-route from COB Speicher to Baghdad International Airport on October 31, 2012. The artist was a passenger in the lead helicopter on the first leg of his ride home from Iraq.Click on image for larger view

Mimi Stuart
Spirit in Space; John Herrington
(24” X 24” Mixed)

Commander John Herrington, USN (Ret.), made history as the first Native American in space when Space Shuttle Endeavor STS-113 launched on November 23, 2002. To honor his Native American heritage, mission specialist Herrington carried a Chickasaw Nation flag into space. The flag represents the past, from the ancient American peoples to the present day. Herrington’s portrait depicts the spirit of wise Chief Tishomingo rising from the astronaut’s hands, ready to face a limitless future. 

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a Charles Thompson
Suspended Aviation
(24” X 18” Oil)

A Bell P-39 and General Dynamics F-16 are suspended in the Virginia Air and Space Museum in Hampton, Virginia.Click on image for larger view

a Charles Thompson
Concorde Finale
(18” X 22” Oil)

The British Airways Concorde Supersonic Transport made its final commercial landing at Heathrow Airport on October 24, 2003. It was the end of the supersonic age for airline transport. 

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Charles Thompson
Bridging the Gap
(24” X 36” Oil)

During World War II, German U-Boats took a heavy toll on Allied convoy shipping in the Atlantic. For a long time, there was a mid-ocean “gap,” beyond the range of Allied patrol aircraft until the Consolidated B-24 Liberator began flying from bases in Iceland and was able to “bridge the gap.” Shown here is Liberator GRIV of 220 Squadron, RAF Coastal Command, fitted with a radar dome under its fuselage and Leigh Light (for night vision) under its wing.

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Andrew Whyte
DC in the Rain
(18” X 25” Oil)

The Douglas DC-3 was the most popular transport/ airliner ever built. Easy to fly, forgiving of pilot error, and aerodynamically sound, it could carry 21 passengers at 180 mph through and above the weather. It was also an excellent transport in World War II for cargo and paratroopers. 

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