Historic Aviation Art
by Paul Eckley
Paul enjoys researching and completing aviation paintings that tell a story and that record actual events. Many of his paintings depict his personal experiences while flying B-17's on missions out of Java, Australia and New Guinea in the first year of World War II. We hope you enjoy the paintings displayed here and their narrative accounts.
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About The Artist
As far back as I can remember I have had my head and my heart in the sky. My first flight was in a J-1 Standard with the Gates Flying Circus at Ithaca, New York in 1927. I later graduated from Pratt, The Art School, in Brooklyn, N.Y. Six months later I enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps Aviation Cadets. I graduated from flying school five days after Pearl Harbor as a 2nd Lieutenant and Pilot. Less than a month later I was a co-pilot on a B-17E that departed MacDill Field at Tampa, Florida and ended up in Java...