My aviation art Paintings

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DC-6B over the Alps

The Douglas DC-6B is the crown jewel of the “Flying Bulls” fleet. After its transfer from South Africa to Austria and its restoration in Salzburg from 2001 to 2004, it can now be seen again at air shows throughout Europe and on sightseeing flights over the Alps.

(acrylic on canvas, 90 x 60 cm)


Lockheed Constellation “Starliner” over San Francisco

Following the successful deployment of the Lockheed Super-Constellation, Lufthansa acquired four of the successor model Starliner and operated them from 1958 to 1962, primarily on the Atlantic routes. Immediately before the beginning of the jet age, Curtiss Wright delivered his masterpiece with the 3400-hp twin radial engine. 14,439 individual parts, the engine is a highlight in the history of piston engines.

The commissioned work shows the D-ALOL above the Golden Gate Bridge. It is still in existence today and is on display in South Africa.

(acrylic on canvas, 130 x 74 cm)


P-47 Thunderbolt “Dottie Mae”

The plane crashed into the Traunsee in 1945 during a mission over Austria in the last days of the war. The pilot Henry Mohr survived, but the Thunderbolt lay at the bottom of the Traunsee for over 60 years. In 2005 the plane was recovered in good condition and extensively restored in Idaho, USA. In 2017 it made its maiden flight again.

(acrylic on canvas, 90 x 60 cm)


Lufthansa Constellation – A Dream has to wait

The L1649A Constellation Superstar, which has been restored by Lufthansa Technik in great effort, is finally launching into the regular liner service long-awaited by aviation enthusiasts after its transfer from America to Germany. The picture shows a dream which is over. With great idealism and craftsmanship, the plane has been restored in a special hangar at the Auburn-Lewiston Airport since 2008, but Lufthansa didn´t finish the projekt. You can see the hangars of Lufthansa Technik in the background at the international airport in Frankfurt.

(Acrylic on canvas, 120 x 60 cm)


Airrace 1929

Henry Waghorn wins the Schneider-Trophy race for England in 1929 with the “Supermarine S. 6” designed by Reginald Mitchell. He succeeded after a long and technical contest which was first held in 1912 and introduced by Jaques Schneider. Waghorn completed the triangular course with an average speed of 328mph (528kph).
The painting shows his plane and the competing Italian Macchi M52R in front of the “Isle of Wight”.
(Acrylic painting on canvas, 100 x 50cm)


„Who’s that?“

Designed by Reginald Mitchell the “Supermarine Spitfire” is widely considered the fastest and best fighter plane of Second World War. Their fighting power and agility were crucial in the Battle of Britain 1940 and the “dog fights” over English territory.
The painting shows a swarm of Spitfires above the coastline of Dover.
The observer may decide by himself if the scene depicts a historical event from the 1940s or an air show from today. A couple of original planes are kept near Duxford and are – driven by big idealism – still in good condition.
(Acrylic painting on canvas, 90 x 60cm)


Lunchtime

As a airliner of the 1930s the “Lockheed Electra“ is a symbol of the pioneering era in commercial air travel. The elegance of its design fascinates aviation enthusiasts to the present day. In the early days maintenance work often had to be carried out in small hangars or on the runway itself. Spare parts were rare which left time for the workers to enjoy a cup of tea with oil-glazed hands.
The painting shows a Lockheed 12 A Electra-Junior during midday heat.
(Acrylic painting on canvas, 60 x 40cm)


Dornier DO-X testrun

The flying boat DO-X was designed by Claude Dornier and manufactured by the Dornier company in 1929 at Lake Constance. Only three of these visionary concepts seating 159 passengers were ever built. In a spectacular flight a DO-X crossed the Atlantic and completed its flight with stopovers from South America and New York back to Germany.
The painting shows a test run at Lake Constance with a camera boat. The original footage has been preserved to the present day. The Dornier production halls of Altenrhein can be seen in the background, which served as a base for the flying boat.
(Acrylic painting on canvas, 120 x 60cm)

Swiss Patrol

The first flight of the „Messerschmitt BF 109“ took place in 1935. The plane was also purchased by the Swiss air force in 1939. Actually several aerial combats between identical German and Swiss machines took place in 1940.
The painting shows a swarm BF 109 E during an evening patrol above Lake Geneva. The mountain ridge of Canton Jura can be seen in the background.
(Acrylic painting on canvas, 60 x 40cm)


Starfighter F 104-G on intercept-course

The painting shows a Starfighter from the German Air Force during an interception exercise above the Alps.
The F-104 was uncompromisingly trimmed for speed and had to undergo major design changes to fit the requirements of NATO. This made the fighter more fragile. The pilots, however, loved the power of the plane and its superior handling characteristics. Top speed of the Starfighter was 2200 kph and it was capable of reaching altitudes beyond 30.000 meters.
(Acrylic painting on canvas, 70 x 50cm)


DO 24 ATT is visiting Austria

The image is an experimental study of Iren Dorniers plane using real aluminum paint for the DO 24 ATT. The aeroplane visited many aviation events in Europe on several occasions. Thanks to its fascinating design and excellent take-off and landing characteristics the former maritime patrol plane is a regular guest at air shows. The painting pays homage to Iren Dornier and his commitment to the preservation of aviation history.
(Acrylic painting on canvas , 60 x 40 cm)