Honored to have painted the nose art on this tanker a while back...hard to believe its about 60 years old. Recently honored as a "perfect airplane". I remember realizing why they chose the spartan theme once I saw the 0300 tail number in the hangar.
UPDATE: Tail #300 has flown 8 missions in black letter status as of December 14.
The 126th Air Refueling Wing flew a black letter mission today at Scott Air For...ce Base. The tanker is maintained in partnership with the 906th Air Refueling Squadron, a Total Force Association unit blended with an Air National Guard Wing. Illinois National Guard Air Mobility Command Air National Guard
Well I haven't done any nose art for a while...so please indulge me this self indulgent post.
Been banging out some velvet portrait commissions. Not quite done with "Deanna" yet but she's coming along. Maybe I need to do some aircraft on velvet? Hmmmm....that could be pretty cool.
You can follow my velvet page at Velvet Portraits on fb. These start out at $250 for 16x20. Larger sizes available. Shipping is additional.
Recent crew chief retiree Pete Rabyk was given this awesome parting gift by the rest of his crew and co workers. Its the pattern I used to execute his nose art on 0358 surrounded by other paraphernalia in a super nice frame. Not a small item! Super cool! Thanks for letting me share Pete!
Ok fb keeps telling me people haven't heard from me in a while. No nose art gigs for a while....but I decided to woodgrain one of my spare hardhats (gonna be woodgraining for about one to two months starting next week!). And yes yes I know...it's not kosher with osha or at least with the hard hat manufacturers. (Pretty much all of them say not to paint or put stickers on them...ever been to a jobsite? Lol)
Heading to southeast Kansas for about three weeks for "other" artistic type work. Of course I've got my airbrushes with me so it me up if you need any nose art. Have airbrush...will travel!
Some great color pix of B-24 nose art in the video. Some of them are pretty good...probably from around the time some of the movie studios or Disney or warner bros were sending artists to paint nose art.
Thanks Nick Veronico for the awesome hi rez photos from the boneyard. I didn't actually recall that I did this once twice until seeing the pix! Might want to pass this along to Les Pete Rabyk
Photo credit Nick Veronico and Jim Dunn.
Check out their great book Boneyard Nose Art if you haven't down so already. Available on amazon and elsewhere. I'm honored to have several pieces feature in it as well as on the cover!
Took this pic at the air park at SAFB where 3691 is on permanent display. One of my favorite nose arts that I've done. This airframe was was actually the very first Nose art I ever painted. At that time I was adorned with "United in Memory" artwork shortly after 911.
Neat video about the KC-135