October 31, 2017
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eHangar.com V3 – The Social Network

I’m excited to announce some major changes for eHangar.com in the very near future that will fulfill its original website vision!

When I first started eHangar.com in 2003, the original concept was to make it a site for “everything aviation”. As it was technically too challenging to make it so, I decided to focus on one area initially to establish the site, and that was aviation art.

Even while eHangar.com grew over the years and became the foremost aviation art site in the world, I had always thought of ways to increase its membership base beyond aviation art enthusiasts, into the general aviation world.

Today, we have the mature technology of social networking sites, and so I have decided to convert eHangar.com into the social network site for everything aviation. Yes, I know many aviation enthusiasts are already using Facebook, but I believe a social network site specifically for aviation has real potential.

Who wants to wade through dozens of posts of babies, pets and birthday parties before you chance upon a photograph of a Spitfire or some other aircraft? What if every post was of an aviation nature, by people who are enthusiasts, collectors, pilots, crew, etc, from every sector of aviation, past, present and future?

As a social networking site, I believe eHangar.com will finally be able to fulfill its original vision and mission to be “Everything Aviation Under One Roof”.

What do you think? Would you welcome the chance to be a part of a global aviation social network where everyone is of like mind and focus? Let me know what you think about these plans in the comments section below or in the eHangar forum.

Aircraft wreck

September 6, 2017
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Wreckology – Pre-eHangar Site!

Aircraft wreck MalaysiaBefore 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
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Down & Out by James Dietz

 

"Down & Out" by James Dietz

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. ūüôā

 

June 22, 2017
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Troy White Destroys Own Aviation Art Prints

Troy White destroys his aviation art printsHere’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.