Red Tail Fly-By - Then and Now
The Tuskegee Airmen were chosen as a project of mine to create the avaition artwork in memory of their services to protect the greatest of all we take pride in, our freedom. As an artist I wanted to take it a little bit farther and actually have a meet and greet with the pilots. I started to look for names in different chapters to find out if these guys would help me with my project. One pilot was actually from my home town, a dentist and another was from Long Island. We started doing shows at schools and libraries where people would ask different questions about their experiences. We also displayed 5 pieces of my aircraft art to show the public the aircraft that they flew. The P-47 War Hawk, And then into the very popular P-51 Mustang. Their identity was their tails where painted red ..... They where know as the famous RED TAILS. The avaition art that I create captures their unique airplanes and it was a great honor to share my aircraft art with the public.
The B-17 Superfortress Pilots have a lot to be grateful for being escorted by the Tuskegee Airmen,the Black Afro American pilots called The Red Tails. At first they where not identified of who these guys where.
The Tuskegee Airmen where created by Capt. Benjinum O Davis A West point Graduate who formed the squadron... Tuskegee Airmen" refers to those involved in an experiment called The "Tuskegee Experiment," an Army Air Corps program to train African Americans to fly and maintain combat aircraft. The project included pilots, navigators, bombardiers, maintenance instructor and all of the ground crew that kept the aircraft Flying.
During the 1940s, African Americans were limited to certain Jobs in the Military They where not classified for training flying an aircraft. In 1941, there would be an African American flying squadron established called in Tuskegee, Alabama.
The purpose of this Army Air Corps program was to train African Americans to fly combat aircraft. The pilots in this experiment where called the "Tuskegee Airmen." All members of this squadron were not to all pilots, some were classified as navigators, bombardiers, maintenance and support staff, some where made instructors Basically all the pilots involved in keeping the Aircraft in the air were "Tuskegee Airmen."
Together Then and Now, another wards how it looks, or how it looked. This painting shows how technology has changed the world in shape, speed, and form. It brings to my attention how both gave me a peice of history in time. The Falcon and the Mustang almost sounds poetic.
The Tuskegee Airmen will put into the minds of all, that all men are created equel regaeding race, color, and creed.
So my final thought about this painting is that the Tuskegee Airmen gave there services and gave them well. To protect and serve will always be the land of the free
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Straighten Out / Fly Right
This Digital Painting of two Red Tails Climbing into the clouds where as in the movie The Tuskegee Airman where Hannable and is buddy A-Train would fly a mission together where Hannable would say Straighten Up and A-Train would respond Fly Right was recently added to the website because of it's power climbing up in to the clouds. It is considered at this point to be one of my best, and I hope that it will be yours or who may be viewing this art work.
The Tuskegee Airmen mean a lot to me as to mention all the shows that I have presented my art work to them. They should never be forgotten and to always be remembered for there great bravery in keeping freedom and what they stood for. it will always be remembered in my heart and in my mind that saying to all of us when they where receiving there orders, Not An Order but They where Requested, mission accomplished.
His P-51 Mustang read # 66 on the side of his aircraft, in the front of the fuselage it read By Request. I will tell you a short story about what those words mean.
The Tuskegee Airmen went through a trauma being told that they where inferior to leadership to pilot military aircraft in the Army Air Corps.
Many times during there cover of escorting the B-17s many B-17 pilots didn't know who where giving the Germans a run for there money. All that was identified those where those Red Tails shooting by.
A special not after all the tribulations, the orders came, not as an order but those historic words .... By Request