Thai Air Force Aviation Art - Bearcat

June 8, 2015
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Thai Air Force Aviation Art

Thai Air Force Aviation Art - Bearcat

I visited the Royal Thai Air Force Museum in Bangkok in November 2012 and just recently looked again at these photos I took of the aviation art displayed there.

I believe aviation art enthusiasts will be interested to view these.

The quality of the art work is quite good and I wonder if these artist or artists are local Thai or a “farang” (foreigner) was commissioned to paint them.

At any rate, please enjoy them ūüôā

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May 30, 2015
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Mavis vs B-17

B17 vs Mavis

I just came across this interesting story of a Mavis Japanese flying boat dogfighting with a B-17 Flying Fortress.

The incident happened over the Solomon Islands on November 21, 1942. Two B-17s spotted the lone Mavis 150 miles south of Guadalcanal.

The aviation art depicting the action is from a cover of a book written by Lt. Cdr Hitsuji. The artist is Yoshiyuki Takani.

The bow gunner peering behind P. O. Kenzo Takahashi. He is indicating to the pilots of the Mavis to manoevre into a better position for the tail gunner to fire his 20mm gun at the chasing Flying Fort.

The Mavis was holed by 50 bullets, and two crewmen were seriously wounded but she returned home to her base safely.

Source of story: Mr Minoru Kamada

Postscript:

Kenzo Takahashi with Ron Werneth 2002

Photo source: Ron Werneth @ Facebook.com

Kenzo Takahashi was a navigator on both the Imperial Japanese Navy’s¬†Kawanishi H8K1 Emily and Mavis flying boats.¬†He survived heavy combat sorties including Dutch Harbor and the Solomons.

Aviation Art - Release Your Brakes and Hunt for Heaven by William S. Phillips

April 18, 2015
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Release Your Brakes and Hunt for Heaven by William S. Phillips

Aviation Art - Release Your Brakes and Hunt for Heaven by William S. Phillips‚ÄúThey came from our secret base at Shangri-la,‚ÄĚ President Roosevelt claimed of Doolittle‚Äôs ‚Äúland-based‚ÄĚ B-25 bombers that attacked Japan on April 18, 1942. It is common knowledge today that they flew from the deck of the carrier USS Hornet. However, back then, the idea of a fully laden, twin-engine bomber taking off in less than 500 feet was just as much a surprise to the Japanese as it was just to the US airmen whose job it would be to fly the mission.

Beginning 1 March 1942, in preparation for the famous Doolittle Raid on Tokyo, twenty-four crews were selected to pick up modified B-25 bombers in Minneapolis and fly them to Eglin Field, Florida. There the crews received intensive training for three weeks in simulated carrier deck takeoffs, low-level and night flying, low-altitude bombing and over-water navigation, primarily out of Wagner Field, Auxiliary Field 1.

Here William Phillips‚Äô Release Your Brakes and Hunt for Heaven depicts Lieutenant Henry Miller, USN, from nearby Naval Air Station Pensacola supervising the training which would prepare the crews for their carrier take-offs. Airmen were instructed to ‚Äúdrop the landing flaps, pour on the coal and pull-up on the yoke.‚ÄĚ None of the assembled volunteers would have ever guessed that in just under two months, sixteen B-25‚Äôs, loaded to 31,000 lbs ‚Äď a ton greater than its designed maximum load ‚Äď would claw their way into the air in less than 300 feet from a carrier off the hostile shores of Japan.

Aviation Art - Into the Storm by Roy Grinnell

February 25, 2015
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Into the Storm by Roy Grinnell

Classic Grumman A-6 Intruder painting by Roy Grinnell.

Available as a lithographic and giclee print, the original painting is displayed at the US Naval Museum in Pensacola.

Aircraft info from Wikipedia:
The Grumman A-6 Intruder was an American, twin jet-engine, mid-wing all-weather attack aircraft built by Grumman Aerospace. In service with the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps between 1963 and 1997, the Intruder was designed as an all-weather medium attack aircraft to replace the piston-engined Douglas A-1 Skyraider. As the A-6E was slated for retirement, its precision strike mission was taken over by the Grumman F-14 Tomcat equipped with a LANTIRN pod. From the A-6, a specialized electronic warfare derivative, the EA-6 was developed.