Historic aircraft

I spent a very warm morning and early afternoon on the tarmac of the Museum of Flight for the christening of the Douglas World Cruiser Seattle II.  This has been a 12 1/2 year project, so far, to build a recreation of the aircraft that flew around the world in 1924.  The Pilots and builders are Bob and Diane Dempster.

While the ceremony was going on, I got a spot right next to the fence and sketched it.  It was over 80 degrees by the time I finished so I elected to paint at home

It was towed to the Museum by an antique Ford Model T truck. Like the dedication of the original Seattle, the ceremony will use water taken from Lake Washington instead of champagne to christen the aircraft—alcohol was unavailable for such events in 1924 due to prohibition. Part of the ceremony included a special blessing from the Duwamish People, given in native language by one of Chief Seattle’s great (etc) grandsons, Ken Workman, a Boeing Flight Test engineer.  He said he had to invent a word in the language for aircraft and translated the new word as “thunder canoe”.

Providing music for the event was the Ballard Sedentary Sousa Band

I arrived at the Museum before doors opened so I did a sketch outside.  This is a memorial to LTC Michael P Anderson who died in the Space Shuttle Columbia in 2003.


About redharparts

Born in Michigan. Attended undergrad and graduate universities there. I've lived in England, Germany, Southern California and now Washington (state). I'm a retired Medical Social Worker with a past specialty in Oncology. I've enjoyed exploring historical re-creation through the SCA. I costume in several fandoms. Lately I've returned to Art and have taken up Urban Sketching, a version of en plein air painting.
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