I invited Jonathan, visiting from Australia with Jane Blundell, to sketch at the Museum of Flight today while Jane is teaching.
I have never sketched in the Aviation Pavilion since it opened in May of 2016. Today seemed a good day to start there. My choice was a section of the B-29 Superfortress with the figure posed as those it is a mechanic working on the aircraft. The Museum’s B-29 is known as T-Square 54. It flew 37 missions in the Pacific Theater during WWII.
I’m entering the James Gurney challenge. Paint-a-Monument Challenge: “Public statues and monuments have been in the news lately for political reasons, but we haven’t seen them as much from the artists’ perspective. So I invite you to paint or draw a statue near you.”
My choice is the Museum of Flight’s memorial to Michael Anderson: Scientist, Air Force Officer, Pilot, Astronaut, Hero (died in the Columbia explosion) and African American. I’m not sure I like this sketch so I might go back to try again before the entry deadline.
Though he wasn’t born here, he considered Spokane, WA home. He graduated from Cheney High School in Cheney, Washington, in 1977. Bachelor of science degree in physics/astronomy from University of Washington, 1981. Then earned a Master of science degree in physics from Creighton University, 1990.
He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the US Air Force after his degree and eventually promoted to Lt COL. After several assignments, he was selected by NASA for astronaut training in 1994 and became a mission specialist.
The bronze statue is by sculptor Dorothy Fowler,who, incidentally, is also a pilot. The Museum of Flight raised funds for a second statue. Other funds raised through the campaign created The Michael Anderson Memorial Aerospace Scholarship for Children of Color. This special fund, awarded through the Museum of Flight, will help underserved children to attend educational programs at The Museum of Flight and is intended to help to inspire an interest in science, technology, engineering and math–STEM–education and careers.
The Michael P. Anderson Memorial Aerospace Program is offered to students in 6th – 8th grade and at no cost to participants. Application form, due Nov 30, 2017: https://form.jotform.com/72187295554163