Monday, December 7, 2009

Inspirations #20: Airplanes

My father was in the Air Force for 17 years in the U.S. and Great Britain, where I was born. This is ironic because he was deathly afraid of flying. His last flight was when we returned to the U.S. for good in 1963. As a result of his phobia, I never got on a plane again until 20 years later. He wouldn't even drop-off/pick-up any of us (kids) at the airport. Even so, I have always been fascinated by airplanes.

Boeing, McDonnell-Douglas, Airbus... they all look the same today. But back in the day, aircraft were as distinctive as automobiles. Lines, curves, shiny, oh my!

Tri-Motor, 1935, Brett Weston

Super Constellation, Randy Efros

The images below were taken on the tail end of a Rod Klukas/Randy Efros workshop in Tucson in 2008. After the workshop was over several of us went over to the Pima Air Space Museum. If you are ever in the area, take a day and visit this amazing museum. Make sure you bring lots of sunscreen and water... it can get really hot there.

Air Force One, Tucson, AZ, 2008, Richard M. Coda

Super Constellation, Tucson, AZ, 2008, Richard M. Coda

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