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24" X 18", 3/16", birch board, oil, $125 includes free shipping in USA & Canada

The painting is entitled Stratos because both aircraft had Strato in their names. Introduced in 1950 the KC-97 Stratotanker was an aerial refueling tanker variant of the C-97 Stratofreighter (which was itself based on the B-29 Superfortress), greatly modified with all the necessary tanks, plumbing, and "flying boom." The cavernous upper deck was capable of accommodating oversize cargo accessed through a very large right-side door. In addition, transferrable jet fuel was contained in tanks on the lower deck (G-L models). Both decks were heated and pressurized for high altitude operations. It was retired in 1978. The B-47 Stratojet delivered to the U.S. Air Force on  April 10, 1953. It was immediately flown to Grand Central Aircraft Company in Tucson, Arizona, for modification work. In March 1954 it was assigned to the 43rd Bombardment Wing of the Strategic Air Command at Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona. In May 1956 the plane went to the 96th Bomb Wing (SAC) at Altus AFB, Oklahoma. The 380th Bomb Wing at Plattsburg AFB, New York, next received the aircraft in December 1957. While there it was temporarily deployed to McCoy AFB, Florida. The aircraft was dropped from the USAF inventory in July 1966. The song is The Strategic Air Command March by the US Air Force Band.

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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