If Only I Could Fly

I grew up on a farm in Southwest Michigan. The small town airport of Dowagiac was only a few miles away. A single, short, paved runway, an intersecting grass strip and a few hangars and ramshackle buildings made up the airstrip and FBO. The place I loved to ride my bike to was managed by a former WWII pilot by the name of Don LaPoint. Don flew B-24’s over Europe in the war and then returned home to run the airport and a small flight school. My very first airplane ride was purchased by my Mom and on my 13th birthday my feet finally slipped the fetters of earths gravity, for a ride with Don in a Cessna 150.

Because of the layout from the air and the distance from the airport, our farm was a navigational point and students would make a turn over the fields I worked in as a young boy. I spent many a moment gazing up through the hot sunshine of a summer day at Cessnas and Pipers as they flew over. The most vivid memory was of wishing that it was me up there and wanting to experience the adventure of flight. Little did I know that my artistic skills, yet developing at the time, would be the route to fulfilling that dream someday.


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Bent Wing Sonata

Bent Wing Sonata Aviation ArtThough not a specific event, Bent Wing Sonata by Rick Herter, typifies air combat action in the South Pacific during WWII. As American Army Air Corp B-24 Liberators leave the target area, they are met by their regular aerial foe, the Japanese Zero. On this day the Liberator crews have some added safety in the form of U.S. Navy Corsairs from VF-17 the Jolly Rogers.

A Zero has just been struck and the pilot struggles to free himself from the smoking aircraft. The victorious Corsair pilot takes in the scene as he flys by. The Navy pilot’s sense of victory and jubilation is tempered though because he knows that the nature of air combat is fickle. Though today he is the victor, tomorrow the role may be reversed. Today we’ll drink a toast but tomorrow the song and dance will begin anew.

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