Painting Aviation's Legends: The Art of Mike Machat

Painting Aviation's Legends: The Art of Mike Machat

by Mike Machat


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Aviation in the 20th Century changed the world forever, and this book portrays that history through art. In addition to more than 60 original fine art paintings of significant moments in aviation history are the dramatic and compelling personal stories of 30 renowned airmen who blazed new trails and accomplished many significant 'firsts' in American skies. Names like Chuck Yeager, Scott Crossfield, Pete Everest, and Joe Engle grace this list. Add pilots like "Fitz" Fulton, Jack Broughton, and "Tex" Johnston, and you have a veritable "Who's Who" of America's greatest aviation legends.

This book gives readers a special "behind-the-scenes" look at the actual process of how aviation art is made. Many projects are shown from the very first "back-of-the-napkin" sketch to the complex developmental steps leading to final engineering drawings and finished paintings. If you've ever wondered how aviation art is created, this book not only explains the process in detail, but shows how the pilots contribute to finished artwork as well.

Through his award-winning artwork, Mike Machat has documented aviation for the past 40 years in ways never before seen, a process made possible by flying in many of the aircraft he painted, and developing life-long personal friendships with pilots of the aircraft he has preserved for history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580072366
Publisher: Mike Machat Illustration
Publication date: 04/15/2016
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 10.30(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Originally from New York, Mike Machat is a well-known American aviation artist, author, and historian. He served in the U.S. Air Force, was a Staff Artist for McDonnell Douglas Corporation, and was elected first president of the American Society of Aviation Artists. Machat’s artwork has won numerous awards, and his paintings reside in the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum and the Pentagon. As a pilot, he holds an FAA Commercial Certificate, has flown in 225 different types of aircraft, and logged more than 2,000 flights in sailplanes.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Walter J. Boyne, Col., USAF (Ret.) 5 About the Author 7 Acknowledgments 7 Dedication 9 Preface 10 Introduction 12 Evolution of a Technique 18 Chapter One: The Greatest Generation 22 Photo Finish: Colonel Clyde B. East 22 JG400: Rudy Opitz 27 Lightning Over Leyte: Colonel Charles MacDonald 28 Tiger With A Tale: Brigadier General Robert L. Scott, Jr. 30 Fearsome Foursome: Colonel Herschel Greene 32 Dogfight Over The Russells: Lieutenant Colonel Ken Walsh, USMC 35 Chapter Two: The Fabulous Fifties: The Jet Age Begins 36 Early ‘Birds: Colonel Jack Broughton 37 Tossin’ One Back: Boeing B-47 Stratojet 40 Fistful of Throttles: Boeing B-52 Stratofortress 42 Faster Than A Speeding Bullet: Beryl A. Erickson 45 Hun Over The Top: Bill Dana 49 AB to Go, Stick on the Side: Jack McKay 51 Shoot Out at the OK Corral: Captain Bob Elder, USN 52 Seabee on the Step: George Hildebrand 54 Chapter Three: Test Pilots: Toward the Unknown 58 The Beginning: Lieutenant General “Bill” Craigie 59 Hey Pard: Brigadier General “Chuck” Yeager 64 Everything She’s Got: Scott Crossfield 68 Starbuster Returns: Brigadier General “Pete” Everest 71 First of the Spacemen: Captain Iven Kincheloe 76 Stiletto: Bill Bridgeman 78 Lakebed Liftoff: Brigadier General “Pete” Everest 79 Return From Mach 6: Major General Robert M. White 82 The Last Flight: Scott Crossfield 85 First Re-Entry: Major General Joe H. Engle 86 Knighthood at Mach 6.7: Colonel “Pete” Knight 90 Dance of the Valkyrie: Lieutenant Colonel “Fitz” Fulton 93 Free Enterprise: Major General Joe H. Engle 95 Chapter Four: Come Fly with Me: Airliner Classics 103 Home For The Holidays: Ren Wicks 104 Gold Cup Roll: “Tex” Johnston 106 Clipper Stargazer: Pan American Boeing 707 112 Airbus Industrie: Europe’s First Family of Jetliners 114 Air France Concorde: Mach 2 Charter Flight 119 Chapter Five: Modern Aviation: End of the Cold War 124 Sandy One: Captain Richard S. Drury 125 Cold War Intercept: Lieutenant Colonel Bill Flanagan 127 Kitten and the Bears: Fifth Fighter Interceptor Wing 130 Habu’s Last Hurrah: SR-71 World Record Flight 133 Rescue at Santa Cruz Island: Aerospatiale HH-65 Dolphin 137 Thunder From the Sky: Rockwell International B-1B Nose Art 139 Chapter Six: Then and Now: Mixing Generations 144 40th Anniversary of the 15th Air Force: B-24 Liberator and KC-10 145 Fifty Years at a Glance: T-6 Texan and F-16 Fighting Falcon 147 Blue Angels 35th Anniversary Year: F6F Hellcat and A-4 Skyhawk 149 Rippers Charlie: Boeing F4B-1 and F-14 Tomcat 153 Chapter Seven: Honoring Aviation History: Wall Size 159 Lightning Over Burbank: Tony LeVier 160 Golden Age of Flight Test: The X-Planes 161 Fly DOUGLAS!: Douglas Airliners 167 Fly NAVY!: Douglas Navy Aircraft 173 Chapter Eight: Aviation Art Today 177 Owens Valley - February 17, 1986: Grob G-102 Astir III 179 Flight Level 310: Piper Aerostar 700 184 The Batmobile: Mooney Acclaim Type S 185 High Cay Departure: Glasair II-S FT 188 Epilogue 191

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