Artwork on aircraft started in WW1 and continued ever since. Each Aircraft had its own mark or art that was important to the crew members that flew these amazing aircraft. When I paint or decorate a panel, I try to use authentic recycled aircraft sheet metal or fabric. These panels are a great idea for Reunions, gifts or presentation items.
Vietnam scene theme painted on a Huey Main Rotor Blade Coffee Table donated to RI Army (Aviation) National Quonset Point RI
Commemorative panel for George L. Sutcliffe P47 Pilot (Junior) was a World War II fighter pilot, honored for his many combat successes that were featured on the History Channel
An opportunity presented itself recently, I was asked by a volunteer group in Alabama to reproduce the nose art of a Vietnam Helicopter that is currently being restored to its Vietnam days. The picture above was taken in Vietnam, the one on the bottom is the painting I finished. They wrote me "New door installed. We owe a big North Alabama shout out to Don Mong in Rhode Island for the art work"!
In the picture to the left, I painted a replica of the artwork that appeared on the side of the aircraft flown in WW1. The canvas is aircraft Ceconite, makes a great effect. The Lafayette Escadrille (from the French Escadrille de Lafayette) was an escadrille of the French Air Service, the Aéronautique Militaire, during World War I composed largely of American volunteer pilots flying fighters. This type of Artwork is great for a meeting room, hangar, or even a museum display commemorating an event
Operation Lam Son 719 was a limited-objective offensive campaign conducted in southeastern portion of Laos by the armed forces of the Republic of Vietnam between 8 February and 25 March 1971, during the Vietnam War. The objective of the campaign was the disruption of Ho Chi Minh Trail (the Truong Son Road to North Vietnam).
The art work above is from a piece of Huey sheet metal. It is commemorating the unit logo from F Troop 2/17 Cav Vietnam "Comanchero's"
Huey Helicopter main rotorf blade tip with commemorative art on wooden base
Huey tail rotor blade in wooden crate commemorative box with working clock and 101st Airborne logo.