"Welcome to Manas" - 24" x 49" - oil
So some of you may know that every now and then I get to go on some awesome trips for the United States Air Force. For those of you that don't know...well I just told you. The deal is that for every trip that I go on, I donate one painting that sums up or documents the trip. Well in the past year I've been sent on three different trips. The time has come to turn these paintings over to the Air Force. For about three months these pieces will be on display at the National Museum of the US Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB.
My trip to Manas Air Field in Kyrgyzstan was as close as I could get to Afghanistan. I took advantage of seeing our brave young men and women make their last pitstop before heading to Afghanistan and in some cases, heading home from their first, second or third tour.
The trip to Los Angeles was for the artists to get a better understanding of the Air Force's part in space exploration and technology. Most of the stuff that they were talking about we couldn't actually see or take photos of but somehow I was able to put together a decent piece.
"Working on the Mini-RF" - 14" x 24" - oil
My last and most recent journey took me to Elmendorf's AFB near Anchorage, Alaska. The 477th Fighter Group was the initially a bombardment group to help train the Tuskegee Airmen in World War II. This group was reactivated in 2007 and they became the first Air Force Reserve unit to fly, maintain and support the F22A Raptor. Basically, it's a big deal. You can read about the full trip through this link http://www.jber.army.mil/aw/2010/100416/Story8.htm
"Elmendorf's 477th Fighter Group: Air Force Reserve Command's First F-22A Raptor"