ASAA 2016 International Aerospace Art Exhibit

The James C. Westin Gallery
At the Art Center of Greater Kalamazoo
(The Epic Center)

Kalamazoo, MI

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June 1 – July 25, 2016

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Robert Aikins
21” x 49” Oil

“Thunder Over Michigan” (the annual air display sponsored by the Yankee Air Museum), was held in August 2005. Over 50,000 aviation buffs braved the summer heat to view the sounds and splendor of more than 60 WWII “Warbirds.” I attended early Saturday morning to obtain this view of the “Flightline.”
Pictured are a P-40 Warhawk, four P-51 Mustangs and all eight of the flyable B- 17’s parked behind them. It was a dramatic moment to have been able to capture these magnificent “Warbirds” and to appreciate the history and sacrifices of those who flew them.

Robert Aikins
“Hawaiian Air”
(3) 21” x 17” Oil
Inter-Island Airways began operations in the Hawaiian Islands in 1929, flying Sikorsky S-38 and later S-43 flying boats. In October 1941, it changed its name to Hawaiian Airlines and began to phase out the flying boats in favor of the Douglas DC-3. The Sikorsky S-43 as pictured in this ‘triptych’ painting was known as the “Baby Clipper.” It was first flown in 1935 and Pan American Airways was its primary user, with a total of 53 being built. Hawaiian Air converted two S-43s to airfreight configurations for use during WWII.

Robert Aikins
“Lancaster Down”
19” x 25” Oil
During the night air war over Europe (1939-1945), the RAF lost almost 8,000 bombers, of which an estimated 5,800 were lost to Luftwaffe night fighters; 55,000 British airmen perished! In this painting, a German Junkers Ju 88G-1 night fighter has just downed a RAF Avro Lancaster Mk.III bomber. The Ju 88G-1 appeared in early 1941; it was equipped with the Lichtenstein SN-2 radar and armed with four 20mm cannons. And so continued the parallel developments of RAF night bombing and the Luftwaffe’s night fighters.

Steve Anderson
“Bristols Over Cairo”
19” x 25” Oil
A pair of RAF Bristol F.2B Fighters makes a slight detour on their way back to Aboukir to fly past the Pyramids of Giza. The year is 1926 and the British Empire has many responsibilities in the post-WWI era to fill in the vacuum left behind by the defeated Ottoman Empire.

Steve Anderson
“Grim Reaper”
22” x 19” Oil
Leading Spa.94 ace Pierre Marinovitch may have terminated the career of a notable German ace, for his kill coincided with the death of Vizefeldwebel Karl Schlegel of Jagdstaffel 45 at La Malmaison. With a score of 22 victories, 14 of which were over balloons, Schlegel, who had attacked a balloon and a Spad XI near La Malmaison and Amifontaine when his luck ran out. Schlegel was the last German ace to be killed in action during World War I, at 1405 hrs., October 27, 1918.

Gerald Asher
“Hooks, Wheels, Flaps and Boards”
25” x 31” Oil
The Lockheed T2V-1 Seastar was an attempt to take the company’s very successful T-33 design and make it better suited for shipboard operations, hoping to expand its market. The Navy bought some, but their service life was relatively short where Naval Aviator carrier qualifications were concerned. The aircraft spent most of its life with Naval Reserve units as a “hack,” helping desk-bound pilots retain their flight status. This painting depicts a solo student in his Seastar over the fleet training carrier USS Antietam, the first American carrier to receive an angled deck, sometime around 1960.

Gerald Asher
“O’er the Ramparts They Watched”
30” x 36” Oil
The crew of a Lockheed F-94C Starfire works on a practice radar-intercept mission in the night skies somewhere over America in the mid- 1950s. Scenes such as this occurred with monotonous regularity all over the United States as the military sought to keep a finely honed edge during the Cold War.

Brian Bateman
“Unscheduled Delivery”
34” x 36” Oil
Sometime in the 1970s, a pair of F-4Cs egress the target range at low level. The Phantoms, sometimes called “Rhinos” by their aircrews, are no longer part of the Nevada desert scene, but the mustangs, descendants of horses brought to the area by Spanish explorers in the 16th century, are still here.


Ardell Bourgeois
“Position Found”
22” x 30” Oil
A Harvard Mk.II flying from the BCATP base at Penhold, Alberta, passes over Barrhead (Northwest of Edmonton) while on a training flight. The iconic grain elevators that dotted the landscape were useful navigation tools, as they were proudly emblazoned with the town name. While students could come to find they were not where they wanted to be, they at least knew where they were. This painting is dedicated to Arthur ‘Swede’ Warehime, who served in the Canadian Army and the RCAF during the Second World War and provided invaluable information used to produce the painting. Always enthusiastic and willing to help, he was a true gentleman.

Paul Burrows
22” x 28” Oil
The North American F-86F Sabre was, by all accounts, one of the best fighter aircraft ever built. It, and the pilots who flew it, became well known to MiG drivers during the Korean War. Here, I’ve depicted S/N 12910 of the 39th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, 51st FIW, returning to Suwon Air Base after a fight, as evidenced by the missing drop tanks and blackened gun ports. Captain Joseph McConnell flew this aircraft, his third during the war, when he became a triple ace.

Paul Burrows
“Windsong’s Halo”
22” x 28” Oil
My homebuilt Fly Baby and I have been flying buddies since 1998. I named her Windsong and this is our version of the pilot’s halo.

Hank Caruso
“B-2 – Out of the Shadows”
11” x 14” Ink & Prismacolor
The Northrop (now Northrop Grumman) B-2 bomber was the first operational bomber to incorporate so- called stealth technology. Hidden for years in the shadows of Air Force black programs, it first saw the light of day (publicly) when it was rolled out on 22 November 1988 from Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, California.

Hank Caruso
“Rough Day at the Office”
11” x 14” Ink & Prismacolor
During World War II, Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bombers brought the war to Nazi Germany from many airfields throughout Europe. North American P-51 Mustang fighters flew as escorts, looking out for the health and welfare of their larger brethren. In this Aerocature, P-51s scan the skies for enemy fighters while all eyes in a combat-handicapped B-17 widen the search in every direction.

Hank Caruso
“Fish Story”
11” x 14” Ink & Prismacolor
During World War II, more than 9800 Grumman TBF/TBM Avenger torpedo bombers delivered their deadly fish (torpedoes) against enemy shipping and submarines in both the Pacific and Atlantic theaters. The most notable Avenger pilot was future US president George H.W. Bush. Actor Paul Newman flew as an Avenger turret gunner. After the war, the Avenger was developed into an electronic warfare platform.

Douglas Castleman
“Close Encounter”
12” x 24” Oil
A Lockheed P-38J Lightning of the 55th FS, 20th FG, 8th Air Force in a close chase with a Luftwaffe Focke-Wulf FW-190A of the famous JG26, somewhere above France during the Battle of Normandy, July 1944.

John Clark
“The Jupiter Effect”
20” x 31” Oil
An alignment of the moons of Jupiter.

Steven Cox
“Nice Ride”
18” x 24” Acrylic
In 1946, the last DC-3 built by the Douglas Aircraft Company was delivered to The Texas Company (Texaco). This aircraft, a DC-3D, was operated as an executive transport. In its day, it was considered state of the art and quite the nice ride.

Steven Cox
“Show Off”
8” x 10” Acrylic
Designed in the 1930s by Al Mooney as a light two seat trainer/sport aircraft, the Culver Dart has always reminded me of the many balsa and tissue “stick models” I slaved over as a kid. This one is a regular visitor at the Arlington, Washington, annual fly-in.

William A. Dodge
“Angels Over Long Island”
24” x 36” Oil
The skies clear just in time for the Blue Angels to perform at the annual Memorial Day Air Show at Jones Beach, New York.

Keith Ferris
“The Concorde Remembered”
28” x 42” Oil
The Aérospatiale/British Aircraft Corporation Concorde entered service forty years ago in 1976. She was a true pioneer, the only successful supersonic airliner, allowing passengers to fly intercontinental air routes at Mach 2, twice the speed of sound (1,354 mph at cruise altitude). The Concorde served both Air France and British Airways for the next 27 years, greatly reducing flight time between destinations for a privileged few. Its limited capacity of 92 to 128 passengers finally forced its 2003 retirement for economic reasons.

steve fritz, 1/22/16, 1:55 PM, 8C, 8964x12000 (35+0), 150%, Custom, 1/30 s, R77.3, G39.0, B52.4

steve fritz, 1/22/16, 1:55 PM, 8C, 8964×12000 (35+0), 150%, Custom, 1/30 s, R77.3, G39.0, B52.4

Steve Fritz
“Breaking Dawn”
22” x 40” Gouache on Board
A Flight of three VF31 Hellcats F6F-3(late) from the USS Cabot, during early morning operations.

Kristin Hill
“Jonah and the Dragon Lady”
30” Circular Oil
Within the “Dragon Lady,” U-2 maintainers conduct a thorough review and repair of the venerable high-altitude aircraft. U-2 airframes, even though manufactured thirty years ago, have several decades of airworthiness remaining because of rigorous maintenance regimens and minimal airtime stresses. The jet engine has been removed from this airframe for overhaul. Viewed through the open tail cone, the Dragon Lady’s foil heat shields, structural elements, mechanisms, pipes, cables, open panels, and dual forward intake vents offer a symphony of visual interplay.

Greg Jackson
“One for the Record Books”
24” x 36” Oil
Air racing was
tremendously popular in the 1930s, and the Thompson Trophy race, held in Cleveland, Ohio, was sure to draw huge crowds. The 1932 race involved ten laps around a 10-mile course, but racers first had to qualify in the Shell Speed Dash. Jimmy Doolittle, flying the Gee Bee R1, easily qualified. However, in an era when seaplanes held the absolute speed records, he wanted to set a new record for land-based planes. On his fourth attempt at the Dash, on September 3, 1932, he averaged 296.287 mph. On his fastest run, shown here, he reached 309.040 mph.

Greg Jackson
“Leaving Lae”
24” x 36” Oil
Amelia Earhart departed Lae, New Guinea, on July 2,
1932, to complete her round-the-world flight attempt. She flew the modified Lockheed Electra 10E, and Fred Noonan was aboard as her navigator. They never reached their intended destination of Howland Island. Many theories have been proposed to explain their disappearance. One possible explanation, depicted here, is that the wire antenna was ripped from the bottom of the aircraft on takeoff, preventing her from hearing instructions from the Coast Guard Cutter Itasca. The starboard Pitot tube under the nose, to which the wire was attached, is shown bent back by the mishap.

Marilyn Phillips Johansen
“Leaving Quang Tri to Phu Bai”
22” x 30” Watercolor
This is a composition of three elements, the American Flag, a letter written home from a marine in Vietnam and a photo of marines leaving Quang Tri boarding a plane bound for Phu Ba in 1968.

Tom Kalina
“Pacific Princess”
24” x 36” Oil
Hawaiian Airlines entered the long-haul market in 1983 with the use of several Douglas DC-8s, beginning with worldwide charter operations and soon afterwards with scheduled service on new routes to the South Pacific, American Samoa, and Tonga, initially. The DC-8s were phased out in 1993 with the addition of larger aircraft. In this scene, a Hawaiian Airlines DC-8-62 cruises above the Pacific Ocean enroute to Honolulu.

Bruce Mackay
“Merlin’s Web”
16” x 32” Oil
The Merlin is the first of a new generation of advanced, medium support helicopters for the RAF designed to operate away from base workshops and in difficult terrain._CONTENT_HERE

Priscilla Messner-Patterson
“Supplies for Fish Camp”
10” x 14” Watercolor
A DeHavilland Beaver is being loaded with groceries and other supplies for one of the many commercial set-net sites around coastal Alaska.

Wade Meyers
“Fighting Cobras”
25” x 50” Oil
Triple ace Major Don M. Beerbower, in his P-51 Mustang “Bonnie B II,” leads a flight of 353rd Fighter Squadron P-51s in a little cloud hopping as they return from a mission. Beerbower was part of the original cadre of 354th Fighter Group pilots. Their US training paid off, and many 354th pilots achieved ace status. Don proved to be a natural leader, and he was eventually promoted to commander of the 353rd, nicknamed the “Fighting Cobras.” He was killed in action while strafing an airfield on August 9, 1944. He is credited with 15.5 aerial victories.

Incoming, 3/8/16, 9:42 AM, 8C, 5048x9063 (1300+1035), 100%, Art 1, 1/30 s, R114.6, G83.1, B95.0

Crissie Murphy
30” x 15” Acrylic on Canvas
A few years ago, I had the opportunity as a member of the USAF Art Program, to travel to Fort Bragg/Pope Air Force Base, North Carolina, to draw Special Ops Forces Combat controller training. This elite group of men, drawn from all ratings, volunteers to serve in the “First There” (their motto) Combat Control Unit. This is the advance-advance team that drops behind enemy lines and sets up a control operating location from which they coordinate air strikes, determine the ground conditions in establishing landing zones, takeoffs, and troop movements; in other words the crucial link to a successful operation.

John Nicklin
“Lunch Stop at Flight Deck Café”
12” x 30” Prismacolor
This is a stylized representation of a scene I photographed in 2001 while flying in for lunch with a private pilot friend at Williams Gateway Airport (now Phoenix- Mesa Gateway Airport and formally Williams Air Force Base), Arizona. After performing several touch-and-goes in a Piper, we landed full stop to grab a bite to eat at the Flight Deck Café. Walking across the ramp, I saw what for me was the quintessential scene: two T-38s in the desert sun, canopies open, flight gear hanging from the fuselage, and flight crews in the lunch line at Flight Deck Café.

Michael O’Neal
8” x 10” Oil
Two Fokker Eindeckers cruise over France in the spring of 1916. The first fighter aircraft to carry forward-firing machine guns, they were the “Scourge” of the western front in 1915-1916.

Darby Perrin
“Sinister’s Wingman”
24” x 36” Oil
This painting depicts an F-15E Strike Eagle, an all-weather multirole strike fighter derived from the McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle. The F-15E was designed in the 1980s for long-range, high-speed interdiction without relying on escort or electronic-warfare aircraft. Its role as a lone gunman adds to the mystique and sinister nature of each strike mission.

Darby Perrin
“Fueling the Night Fight”
36” x 48” Oil
On a recent deployment, I was struck by the beautiful scene that unfolded before me, night after night: moon-lit clouds; silent radios; the precise ballet of aircraft and Airmen merging in the sky; the intense drama of battle, tens of thousands of feet below, all but unknown in this small allotment of sky. The painting depicts an F-15E Strike Eagle taking fuel from my KC-135R Stratotanker.

Darby Perrin
“American 787”
24” x 36” Oil
The 787 “Dreamliner,” Boeing’s newest long range, wide body commercial aircraft. Stylish sleek lines and American Airlines new paint scheme are combined and give this machine artistic merit before I ever touched paint to canvas.

Mark Pestana
“Firehawk Attack”
30” x 15” Acrylic
A Sikorsky S-70 Firehawk, one of several helicopters flown by Los Angeles County, releases 1000 gallons of water during firefighting operations in Southern California. Based on the UH-60 Blackhawk, these versatile aircraft are also used for search and rescue, and to deliver fire fighters directly into rugged terrain not accessible by ground vehicles.

Marcus Poole
“Cactus Welcome Wagon”
22” x 28” Oil
A US Marine Corps F4F-4 Wildcat flying high-cover maneuvers to intercept a flight of incoming Japanese G4M Betty bombers en route to their almost daily noon-time raid on Henderson Field on the island of Guadalcanal (code-name “Cactus”) in the fall of 1942.

Marcus Poole
“Countdown to Showtime”
8” x 10”
Oil on Board
It’s the morning roll-out at the Golden Age Air Museum in Bethel, PA, in preparation for the day’s upcoming air show. Where else would you expect to see a Fokker Dr. I and a Curtiss Jenny sharing the ramp? This painting began life on-site en plein air, but was completed in the studio after my moving targets flew away to participate in the day’s events! 

Marcus Poole
“Fit to be Tied”
18” x 24” Oil
A clear morning greets a seasoned Cessna 150. What adventures are scheduled for today? Some local pattern work? Maybe a cross-country? Then again, it might be about time for that annual inspection.

Cher Pruys
“Waco Taperwing”
6” x 10” Mixed Media
This is one of the true classics of the Golden age of biplane flying, air racing and barnstorming. The well-known aviator Johnny Livingston flew a Taperwing to victory in the 1928 National Air Derby. (Thanks to Ken Mist for permission to create this painting.)

Cher Pruys
“Lockheed Electra”
8” x 10” Mixed Media
This Lockheed Electra was a member of the Trans-Canada Air Lines, a Canadian Airline whose head office was in Montreal, Quebec. It operated as TCA from 1937 to 1965, and then became Air Canada.

Cher Pruys
“Catching the Rays”
10” x 14” Oil
This beautiful Lockheed L-12A Electra Junior, with its all-metal structure, trailing-edge wing flaps, low-drag engine cowlings, and twin-bladed propellers, is on display at The Canadian Aviation Museum in Ottawa. (Thanks to Ken Mist for permission to create this painting.)

David Rawlins
24” x 35” Acrylic
The most beautiful airliner ever built is without a doubt the Boeing 727. N8842E entered service with Eastern Airlines in 1970. After nineteen years with Eastern, she was leased to PanAm in 1989, and was then passed on to Amerijet International in 1995. She was scrapped in the Mojave Desert in 1996.

Steven Roberson
“Black Sheep CAS”
16” x 20” Oil
MF-214 became the first US Marine Corps squadron to see action in Korea. They provided nearly continual air cover, interdicting supply and communication lines, and inflicting heavy damage on numerous ground emplacements, and enemy armor.

Steven Roberson
“Floyd Bennett”
20” x 30” Oil
In 1928, Admiral Richard Byrd began his first expedition to the Antarctic, involving two ships, and three airplanes. This painting depicts one of those airplanes, a Ford Trimotor—called the Floyd Bennett after the recently deceased pilot of Byrd’s previous expeditions—struggling to gain altitude to clear the head of the Liv Glacier on its way to becoming the first aircraft to fly around the South Pole.

Steven Roberson
“Flight Ops”
18” x 24” Oil
This scene depicts flight operations aboard an amphibious assault ship, part of a three-ship Amphibious Readiness Group (ARG). This painting prominently features the now retired CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter.

Douglas Rowe
24” x 36” Oil
Built as “Number 240” in 1937 by Lockheed for Continental Airlines, this Electra 12A Junior was sold to Transcontinental and Western Air in 1940 as an executive transport and airborne research laboratory. It was sold to Texaco in 1945. “Ellie” was purchased in June 2005 by Ruth Richter Holden, daughter of TWA co-founder Paul Richter, Jr., and returned to its TWA livery. The aircraft is now based in California, but on occasion you can view it at the TWA museum, located at the Charles B. Wheeler Kansas City Downtown Airport.

Norm Siegel
“Special Issue: 35 Cents”
24” x 18”
Oil on Board
While rummaging through the remainder bin at a Saugatuck, Connecticut, Library sale many years ago, I found this somewhat “battle-weary” copy of the October, 1943, special issue of Flying magazine, dedicated to the US Army Air Forces at War. Obviously this wasn’t the magazine’s first mission through a remainder bin. It previously had been marked down to 35¢, hence, the title for the painting.

Craig Slaff
“Fast Eagle Inbound”
16” x 20” Oil
The Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet can perform many roles. One of them is the first aerial tanker with self-defense abilities. This allows the tanker to fly with the strike “in country.” This means strikes will no longer have to fly to a safe zone for refueling and can be refueled in a direct flight path to the strike. This saves time and fuel in all operations. Equipped with centerline and four external tanks, the Super Hornet can carry a total of 29,000 pounds of fuel, nearly twice the fuel the S-3B, the Super Hornet’s tanker predecessor, could carry. “Fast Eagle” is the call sign of the VFA-41 Black Aces.

Mimi Stuart
“Nine 99s”
30” x 36” Mixed Media
In 1929, all of America’s 117 licensed female pilots received invitations to Curtiss Field, New York, to promote opportunities for the advancement of women in aviation. However, only ninety-nine female pilots could make it to the event. Hence, the assembled “Ninety-Nines: International Organization of Women Pilots,” came into being.

Charles Thompson
“Spirits in the Sky”
24” x 36” Oil
A pair of RAF Phantom FRGs emerges from a cloud bank into the sunlight.

John Thompson
“Lone Eagle”
25” x 18” Oil
Charles Lindbergh is shown posing with the Spirit of St Louis at Lambert Field, St. Louis, Missouri. He was born in Detroit, Michigan, on February 4, 1902. The Spirit of St Louis is a silver monoplane, named in honor of Lindberg’s financial supporters and built with one goal, to win the $25,000 prize offered in 1919 by Raymond Orteig, to the first aviator to fly non-stop between New York and Paris. Flying from Roosevelt Field on May 20 at 7:52 am, fighting fog, icing, and sleep deprivation, he landed at Le Bourget Field in Paris at 10:22pm on May 21, 1927.

Richard Wheatland
“Audley Autumn”
18” x 24” Oil
Following an enjoyable and successful Guild of Aviation Artists sketching session at Audley End airfield near Saffron Walden, Essex, England, in October 2011, the artist was inspired to use those sketches back in the studio to create this seasonal scene. The oil painting features a De Havilland Tiger Moth and some local residents from the copse nearby.

Richard Wheatland
“Meeting the Pilots”
14” x 18” Mixed Media
This painting was created following the 2014 ASAA Forum visit to the ‘Planes of Fame’ fly-in at Chino, California. The McDonnell Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk has just arrived and this scene caught the artist’s eye as the pilots meet two well-laden photographers.