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.
October 24, 2016
In April 1944, while B-17 Flying Fortresses of the USAAF’s 8th Air Force 381 BG bombed German aircraft production centers, they were intercepted by Messerschmitt Me 410s of Stab II / ZG 26.