In the aviation world of the weird and wonderful, the Convair XFY-1 "Pogo" certainly fits into the first category. Conceptually, an aircraft that was capable of vertical takeoff and landing made virtually every ship in the Navy an aircraft carrier-an arguable solution to the fear that the CV's were more vulnerable than made the brass comfortable. Convair and Locheed were each contracted to develop their own airplane with the Pogo finally getting into the air first-and last. Two very large Allison Turboprop engines drove contra-rotating propellers providing enough thrust to pull the airplane off the ground vertically and conversely let it settle to the ground when the time came without disastrous results. The only pilot to fly the Pogo, without benefit of tethering ropes to keep it upright, was Convair test pilot Skeets Coleman. Skeets, now long retired in San Diego, told me that the airplane was really simple to fly, "once you got the hang of it."
The illustration below depicts the artist's own airplane. Following WWII, Walter Beech of Beech Aircraft felt that the militaries of this country and indeed of those around the world, would demand a new generation trainer to replace the aging and outdated equipment left over from the war years. As a consequence, and because of his strongly held belief, he developed the T-34 without benefit of government funding to answer that need. And he was correct. Before production had ceased on the A and B models in 1957, nearly 900 of the little trainers had been built and they would serve to train a generation of american military pilots in both the Navy and the Air Force. With a top speed of over 200 mph, the '34 is also a good cross country airplane and with approximately 175 examples flying today, you will often see them at airshows, usually flying in formation with one another.
For the millions of young boys who grew up in the 1950's in love with airplanes, perhaps none other has provided the lasting memories that has the F-86 Saber from North American Aviation. Clean, classic, light weight and maneuverable the baby Saber served admirably in the Korean War era. Pictured here in basic generic markings, the Saber normally carried auxillary wing tanks to enchance its range.
Based upon a design dating from 1935, the North American Aviation T-6 Texan claims a venerable history in the annals of military pilot training. Virtually every pilot in the USAAF and the USN that flew single engine aircraft during WWII trained in the T-6 or the Navy's version, the SNJ. Powered by the Pratt and Whitney R-1340 of 600 hp, the T-6 was capable of speeds of 200 mph or more, but they cruised at a more mundane 150 mph. By the very early '50's as the jet age rolled in, the T-6 was retired in favor of more modern trainers after 15 years or more of service. Pictured below is a flight of two late model T-6's in generic markings of the late 1940's.
One of the more unusual, yet highly successful aircraft of the WWII era, is the de Havilland "Mosquito." What made it unusual is the fact this versatile craft that performed in the roles of bomber, interceptor, reconnaissance platform and even attack aircraft is that it was crafted almost entirely from laminated plywood. The "Mossie" as the Brits called her was powered by a pair of Rolls Royce Merlin engines and was capable of speeds of up to 415 mph at 28,000 feet.
Aviation companies in this country sprung up like weeds during the very prosperous "20's era. Among them was the Stinson Aircraft Company founded in 1920 by Eddie Stinson, one of America's best known stunt pilots. By the end of the decade Stinson was a name to be reckoned within the aviation community. It was about that time that the company developed the nifty little Stinson Junior, an example of which you see below. This particular aircraft carries the marking of the Portland
Airways and would have been typical in about 1930. The Junior carried up to four passengers in reasonable comfort over short distances of speeds not to exceed about 110 mph. Note the huge landing light on the wing not found on most Juniors.
To downed pilots in the Pacific ocean during WWII there may have been prettier sight than a Consolidate Aircraft PBY "Catalina" settling onto the waves for the rescue. Although not at all glamorous, and not very fast, and not very comfortable, the PBY performed admirably in its own element throughout the war. It was equipped variously as an escort, torpedo bomber, scout, reconnaissance, and patrol craft and with a range of over 2500 miles there was virtually no place it could not get to-albeit at a somewhat leisurely pace of about 125 mph. Over 4000 of the notable amphibian were built and they were employed by the militaries of several countries in addition to our own.
In addition to prints matted to 8X10 inches, we are offering an assortment of the prints on gallery pages 1, and 2, made up as note cards. Overall size is 4.25X5.5 inches (three writing pages each card) with the illustrations being slightly smaller. They will be offered in packages of ten and twenty note cards complete with mailing envelopes and shipped in view top gift box as shown below. The price will be $12.95 for 10 cards and $17.95 for a box of twenty. All cards will be different in the ten pack and there will be repeats of five cards in the twenty pack.
In addition to his artwork Terry also does a significant amount of writing. Pictured below is the cover of his recently completed series of essays on the wonders of growing up on the shores of Lake Michigan in the small village of Grand Beach, Michigan. Whimsical, comical, and sentimental, are adjectives that describe the style the author employs to take the reader back to a time much kinder and gentler to America's youth. Here is your chance to look once again at the world through the eyes of a youngster and his brother as they romp through childhood with abandon, frolick in the waves of the big lake, and live in awe at the power of nature. You'll laugh, you'll cry and you will enjoy Sassafras Leaves and Snowflakes (290 pages). The cover price of $18.95 includes shipping and handling.