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      The Show Off

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

The picture is entitled The Show Off flying low level in the British Supermarine Spitfire. The Spitfire’s maiden flight was on March 5th 1936. It finally entered service with the Royal Air Force in 1938. It remained in service with the RAF until 1955. During this time, 20,351 Spitfires were built and about 50 are still flying. Though it is assumed that ‘Spitfire’ came from the awesome firing capabilities, it was also an Elizabethan word that meant someone who had a fiery character. Other names considered for the aircraft were ‘Snipe’ and ‘Shrew’. Despite the fame of the Spitfire and its association with the Battle of Britain, the Hurricane actually shot down more enemy planes during this battle. By 1939, about 10% of all Spitfires had been lost as a result of training accidents. The Spitfire was the only Allied fighter to be production for the duration of World War Two. In the later years of the war the Spitfire was used for low-level reconnaissance flights. The Spitfire first saw action over foreign soil at the evacuation at Dunkirk in 1940. The distinctive roof bulge in the cockpit was to allow for taller pilots. The song is entitled Show Off by Original Cast Recording.

The Greatest Singer of All Time...
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...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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