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24" X 18" X 5/8", stretched canvas, oil, $150, free shipping in USA & Canada

The painting is entitled Catalina. The PBY Catalina was the definitive air-sea rescue aircraft of the 1930s and 1940s. It was equipped with depth charges, bombs, torpedoes, and machine guns, and its job was to seek out the enemy at sea. PBY is literally: P, patrol; B, bomber. Y, Consolidated's manufacturer identification. The US Navy contracted Consolidated Aircraft and Douglas Aircraft Corporation in October 1933. Consolidated's XP3Y-1, was further developed and eventually became the most extensively built flying boat in aviation history. Stabilizing floats that could be retracted in flight to form streamlined wingtips made for another aerodynamic innovation. The XP3Y-1 had its first flight on 28 March 1935 after which it was transferred to the US Navy for service trials.  XPBY-1 had its maiden flight on 19 May 1936, during which a record non-stop distance flight of 3,443 miles (5,541 km) was achieved. The final construction figure is estimated at around 4,000 aircraft, and these were deployed in practically all of the operational theaters of World War II. The Catalina subsequently equipped the world's smaller armed services, in fairly substantial numbers, into the late 1960s. The song is Winds of Catalina by Penny Unniversity.

The Greatest Singer of All Time...
...Great Britain's Sarah Brightman

When I decided to dedicate this web site to The Greatest Generation I thought I would mostly play 1940's music from the time they were young. Also, the salute I gave to the pretty lady with the magical voice wasn't yet born, nor were many of us.  I still paint to her music and thought which musician could inspire more than Sarah Brightman and her orchestra? She has so many songs I could still pick them to go with the 1940's scenes. This web site gives credit where its due. Why not tell the truth and at the same time give credit to the generation that so well deserves it?

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