C1 Trader shows off ‘Mudflap Girl’

 

Captain ‘Doc’ Serrato, flying with VAW-77, named his much-loved  C1A Trader   ‘Mudflap Girl’, with the subtitle ‘Haulin the Fleet’s Freight’, in recognition of their missions to fly cargo, medical supplies, medical personnel, and other critical loads to Navy sites, both on and offshore.    The artwork, a young lady, seated in sailor’s garb,  is  a  nod to  those other long-suffering haulers,  semi-truck drivers, with their saucy seated figure found the mud flaps of thousands  of delivery trucks around the United States.  ’Mudflap Girl’ shows up on a brief news clip for the Stuart Airshow, in Florida -see YouTube clip http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKMnygLb-MM

Reno Air Races

“At the Reno Air Races, we’re meeting up with old friends and meeting new ones.  John Brand, attending the races from Ogden, Utah, brought us his AVG jacket, painted by Victory Girl a few years ago. John’s design features the P-40s of the WWII American Volunteer Group ‘Flying Tigers’ and AVG pilot Dick Rossi, whom John was friends with.   Lonnie Ortega, an aviation artist did the initial artwork of Dick Rossi, which we re- created here on John’s jacket.  John tells us that  it is difficult to get his jacket away from his granddaughter, who likes his jacket as much as he does!   Thanks, John, for letting us display your lovely artwork.”

Pinups for Vets and Victory Girl

The pinups we meet are usually in paint and paper, beauties forever frozen in a pretty pose. This weekend though, we got the chance to work with a living, breathing pinup in the form of Gina Elise, the principal force behind Pinups for Vets. Her non-profit organization creates a yearly calendar of her pinup poses, in locations as varied as post offices, donut shops, car hops, tea gardens and jungles. Gina and her team came to Victory Girl to utilize our hangar and vintage aircraft, as well as a few painted leather flight jackets. Gina, in vintage jewelry, stiletto heels and 50s outfits, got some great shots with a Victory Girl ‘Billie Louise’ hand painted flight jacket. Pebbles, our Shi’tzu wandered into the photo shoot looking for treats, and got a flash bulb instead! Both were really good sports though, and let the photographer Tim position them into some adorable poses. You can order Gina’s 2014 Pinups for Vets at her website at www.pinupsforvets.com.

Victory Touring Bike & Victory Girl Nose Art….

Dr. Brett Robinson arrived at the Victory Girl studio comfortably astride a  swept back, lowered, polished 2013 Victory Cross Country Touring bike that he’s recently purchased and is in the process of making improvements to (this is possible? He’s done it!).  We’ve installed a high performance, die cut vinyl ‘Victory Girl’ pinup (‘natch), that looks like it was made for his gas tank. In addition, he’s had the bike lowered from its factory stance, making it more comfortable for him to maneuver the 1500 pounds of streamlined metal and leather  (which weighs more than our Porterfield airplane!). This bike  has more than double the horsepower of our Porterfield as well, at 135hp.  He’s got USB ports everywhere, killer stereo system, and modified the rear foot pegs to better support the passenger’s foot positions.

Now we’re noodling on some fitting markings for his front and rear fenders.   Hmmm, blue flames?

DeHavilland Mosquito Door Squadron Art Bound for Virginia Museum

Christopher Wilkinson with his Mosquito crew door panel (and foam padding for shipping!)

A rare DeHavilland Mosquito crew door, owned by Christopher Wilkinson of Santa Monica is now on its way to The Military Aircraft Museum in Virginia Beach, Virginia, following a long labor of love by Christopher, which included Victory Girl nose art.

Chris found the panel on Ebay, and then began finding American pilots who flew this British designed two engined bomber during WWII.   Chris found several still living, and, at his own expense (he’s an architect in his spare time!) he traveled around the country getting signatures of these unsung heros.  WWII Pilots Dick Hoover and Rolland Bushner, along with First Officer Robert Kirkpatrick, Navigator  William Silva and Armorer Jack Sheer have all signed the panel. Chris then asked us to handpaint the original squadron insignia for these men’s groups, prior to the display of the panel at the Military Aircraft Museum.  The panel will be displayed alongside a restored DeHavilland Mosquito, being delivered to the Museum by owner Jerry  Yagen.

Christopher had a special ironclad case built for the crew door’s travels around the country, and no wonder, this is a one-of-a-kind keepsake of some valiant warriors of WWII.

closeup of the DeHavilland Mosquito door art

 

Debut of Vintage Billboard Art at Cable

Foothill Flying Club billboard

The new vintage flying billboard at Cable!

Mrs Cleaver, on a billboard, wants to fly to Vegas?   Ok, you young pups might not get the reference, but we were tickled to create this vintage billboard artwork for the Foothill Flying Club (www.foothillflyingclub.com) centered around a earnest, 1950s couple peering eagerly at a flight manual, while a sleek Mirage zooms out of the front.   The billboard is parked at the entrance to the Cable Airport, just in front of the ground school building.

 

Come See The Art of the Flight Jacket April 27th

Contact Us

 

 

 


10719 Bernie Webber Drive
Mukilteo, WA 98275
(425) 348-3200
visitorservices@historicflight.org
www.historicflight.org

Upcoming Events

 

 


April 27, noon
The Art of the Flight Jacket and Aviator Fashion Show
May 4
DC-3 and B-25 Rides
B-17 Ground SchoolMay 18
Aviation Day at Paine Field

Admission

 

 


$12 Adult Admission
$10 Senior/Military (65+)
$8 Youth (6-15 years old)
5 and Under Free
$6 per person Group Tour Rate

Hours of Operation

 

 


Historic Flight is open to the public from Tuesday – Sunday, 10-5. We encourage groups and will open in the evening for private events. Aircraft mechanical and restoration work continues during public hours.

This Saturday, April 27th, noon

“The Art of the Flight Jacket”

 

 


Jerri Bergen has distinguished herself as a vintage aircraft artist. In great demand to paint authentic nose art on restored aircraft, she and her partners also design and fabricate lovely leather flight jackets. This specialty has required in-depth historical study of the graphics incorporated into outerwear in the Golden Age of aviation and beyond. Jerri will trace the evolution of flight jackets from WWI to the present day. Following Jerri’s presentation, a vintage aviation uniform fashion show will feature the collections of Alice Miller, Betty Ruckhaber and the Historic Aviators Guild.

 

 

May 18 – This year at Paine Field Aviation Day, HFF will offer a beer garden featuring gourmet street food, craft beers, fine wine, and the music of The Castaways and St. James’s Gate. The location is ideal for viewing the aerial displays. Limited seating. Now is the time to purchase enough tickets for your family, customers and friends. Only $15 includes a beverage.
Buy your tickets here.
May 22 – Join us for a gourmet dinner served from an authentic Army field kitchen as we welcome the crew of B-17 ‘Aluminum Overcast’ to HFF. Actors in period military attire, military vehicles and the music of Glenn Miller and Artie Shaw will transport us to the 1940s. We will honor veterans and aviation workers from the B-17 era. Period attire is encouraged.
Reserve your place before we sell out.

July 22nd – 26th, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

“Alpha Squadron” Youth Camp

 

 

Pilot and educator Gary Evans has developed a one-week aviation camp for up to fifteen lucky members of “Alpha Squadron.” The program targets young men and women entering the sixth, seventh, eigth or ninth grades. Daily activities include an aerodynamics lesson, a practical application of the lesson, and a guided visit to a Paine Field aviation attraction (e.g., Future of Flight, Museum of Flight Restoration Center, Flying Heritage Collection). On Friday, the students will shadow mechanics in the restoration facility for the morning, and in the afternoon, pre-flight and ride in one of the HFF aircraft. Tuition is $350, $295 if you already have a family membership.
http://www.historicflight.org/hf/

What does a Triumph Barchetta Porsche Woodie and Mustang have in common?

The Triumph Ferrari Barchetta Porsche Woodie Mustang have four wheels in common, for sure, but what else?

Eclectic automobiles whose practicality is surpassed by a statement about the individual owners, and about our society for sure.  They are all icons, recognizable from a distance, as are they valuable in today’s world of restorations.

That is not what we are discussing here. Take a look at the Victory Girl artwork by Jerri Bergen of Upland, CA who understands how to paint the gorgeous machines onto leather jackets.

This Triumph Automobile Sunset was painted onto this leather jacket with a special process that adheres the mural to the leather for a lifetime.

Triumph Automobile Painting on Leather Jacket

This painted 212 Barchetta is handcrafted onto this leather jacket with the same special painting process as the Triumph, but tells a different story.

Ferrari Barchetta Painted onto Lambskin Jacket

Victory Girl does not just do single automobiles. With deep roots in aviation it is no wonder that fancy cars and aviators go hand in hand.  This company sponsored jacket of Bare Bones Garage was sketched by the customer and created by Victory Girl who painted it onto this beautiful leather jacket.

Bare Bones Garage Roadster

To go even further into the world of tributes, we would like to make special mention of NeverForgottenInc.com and the car of Max Loffgren that is dedicated to US POW/MIAs.  This tribute is painted onto this leather jackets and bordered by a barbed wire fence with a UH-1 in the background and The Wall in the wall disappearing off into the distance.

Never Forgotten Painted onto Leather Jacket

It is these special murals that provide a unique sense of private reflection and acknowledgement.  Victory Girl is proud to be a part of the individual stories that we receive daily.