September 6, 2017
Before eHangar.com was born in 2003, I had created a few other aviation-related sites. Mind you, these were literally hand-coded, typing in raw HTML codes into a text editor, and thus were very basic in appearance and functionality. These old sites are long gone from the Internet, but one day I thought of a subsite I built before and dug into my old backups, and lo and behold, I found the original HTML files!
This subsite from my old flight2000.com site came about when a newspaper reported the finding of a wreck in a Malaysian forest. Aviation forums and netizens attempted to identify the wreck from the photos posted, and this subsite was my contribution to the effort. My armchair sleuthing helped to identify the wreck, which is why I have always been proud of this subsite which chronicled my efforts. Continue Reading →
August 25, 2017
This is a relatively new aviation art painting by James Dietz. I found it on another website.
As with many of James’ paintings, the human element is the main focus, and the machine is in the background.
Down and Out depicts the three-man crew of a bullet-riddled US Navy Grumman TBF Avenger getting into a dinghy after ditching in rough seas. A squadron mate circles overhead to confirm the crew is out safely and has probably already radioed their position for a rescue operation.
I don’t have much info on this painting, which I understand was privately commissioned and has not been released in any print form. I am hoping an eHangar member or James himself will chime in here with more details. 🙂
June 22, 2017
Here’s something you don’t often see – an aviation artist destroying his own limited edition print copies.
Troy White posted videos and photos on his Facebook fan page of him cutting up stacks of his old limited edition prints with a circular saw, much to the dismay of many people, who registered their surprise, shock and dismay on his posts.
Troy wrote that he was preparing to move from Uruguay back to his native Australia, and he wasn’t planning to bring back his unsold prints, as they have “crossed the Pacific twice and that’s enough”. He will be cutting up almost all of my his 12 signed and numbered limited edition print runs–around 3,000 of them. However, he will be donating a box of prints to a local church charity.
Not everyone decried the act, however. Long-time eHangar.com member and noted aviation art collector, Kurt Kuberek, said it was “the smartest thing” he would see today. “If you gave the unsold prints away, as some suggest, it would not be very good for your customers who paid for one of your prints. He added that he hoped more publishers follow Troy’s lead, for destroying print editions that are unlikely to ever sell out.
October 25, 2016
The German Henschel Hs-129 is not often depicted in aviation art. Marii Chernev’s painting, titled “Soviet Steel Train Lost”, is a welcome addition to the very small stable of aviation art featuring this ungainly aircraft.
The German Henschel Hs-129 was a single-seater twin-engine attack aircraft built for combat against tanks and armored trains.
Despite the plane’s shortcomings, the Luftwaffe desperately needed aircraft for the assault of 1940, and in the winter of 1940, Henschel received an order for a series of Hs-129 planes. With the occupation of France, a large number of Gnome-Rhone 14M engines were confiscated, each running at 700 hp. Experiments with installing more powerful (albeit unreliable) engines led to the creation of the Hs-129B, which had superior specs to the original Hs-129 and could return all the way to base if forced to fly with only one engine.