One of A Kind P-40 V.W. Specialty Vehicle

John Zeigler, of north Richland hills, Texas, recently acquired honors for his one-of-a-kind ‘P40-mobile’,  a snazzy custom vehicle, complete with a sliding canopy cockpit, nose art and wing stubs, based on a 1970 VW Beatle chassis. “Cindy Ann” won 3rd place at the huge Texas VW Classic car show and competition in the Specialty Vehicle category. “Specialty Vehicle” might be a bit of an understatement for this nifty number!

P40 style specialized vehicle

P40 style specialized vehicle

John, a flight mechanic for American Eagle, has had a passion for old aircraft all his life, starting with the fleet of models he built as a kid. John soloed in a Citabria on his 16th birthday, had his license by the time he was 17, and went on to get a multitude of ratings shortly after that. When he began the “Cindy Ann” car project 4 years ago, he knew it would be aviation related. He had the backbone of a 1970 VW Beatle that he envisioned as the cockpit of a P40 Warhawk. He custom built the frame, interior, body and canopy, and had Victory Girl hand paint nose art ” Cindy Ann” to a cowling he specially designed to fit just forward of the “cockpit”.

John is very pleased with the results and, so is everyone who gets to see this marvelous machine in action!

P40 style specialized vehicle

P40 style specialized vehicle

P40 style specialized vehicle

P40 style specialized vehicle

His lovely, patient wife Cindy Anne has put up with the late nights in the garage, the metal chips in the laundry and mutterings of john arguing with himself over the merits of a dihedral design versus a straight wing.  John named this quirky little car ‘Cindy Ann’.

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 ( 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

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




$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.

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 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.

Teardrop Trailer is Nose Art Canvas…

Michael and 100 other Teardrop trailer enthusiasts took over Lake Perris State Campground this last weekend, showing off all sorts of Teardrop trailer configurations,  amazing outdoor kitchens, custom teardrop interiors, dutch oven cooking gear and matching vehicle paint schemes. Michael chose to customize his trailer with a Victory Girl custom-painted aviation nose art vinyl (34″ tall) ‘Ready For Duty’ – a design we created based on a WWII pinup by A. Varga.   See more of these tiny teardrop campers at www.teardro

Friday Flyin-Gillespie Field

Erich Moulder and the folks at CAF unit Air Group One, of Gillespie Field, El Cajon, CA  cut up a rug the first Friday every month- in connection with the Gillespie Airport Cafe.  We (Mike n I in the back) flew ‘Lady Satan’ down to Gillespie to join the fun.  Jim Slattery, also on the field, brought over his tremendous PBY- Catalina–  (which he’d flown that morning!)- that turned out to be great shade for the event, and spectacular to see, from the inside out.   A reggae band played while attendees  foxtrotted on the ramp and ate fish tacos.  Bailey, a cute-as-a-button 40s model and CAF member got all the photographers snapping pictures, while L5 builders took notes, comparing their build plans with ‘Lady Satan’.  I got to see some of my jacket artwork walking around (thanks Heather!)  -and thank you everyone for your great hospitality!

Bailey and Howard at Gillespie

L5 and dancers at Gillespie

Lady Satan at Jet Air-Gillespie

Washing a Leather Jacket Painted with Custom Nose Art…

painted flight jacket, fresh out of the washing machine

painted flight jacket, fresh out of the washing machine


We’re always experimenting with new products to create ever better, longer lasting, beautiful nose art on painted jackets, and one of our ongoing tests is the durability of our paints.  I’ve taken my own cowhide A-2 flight jacket, painted with our speciality leather paint, and put it into our commercial washing machine, to see what would happen! I do NOT advocate stuffing your leather goods into the washing machine, mainly because it takes out much of the oils in your leather, needed to keep the skin supple and malleable.  But!– we were grateful to discover that the paints held up very well– there is no evidence at all that the jacket even got wet, other than my cuffs and waist band are now a bit misshapen.  So, naturally, I had to try the dryer as well!   Same results!  The artwork looked exactly the same, and my ribbing is still a bit floppy- hmmm-  not sure what to do about that.

After laying the jacket flat to reshape itself, I rubbed in some Skidmore’s Leather Cream, -adding some of those oils I’d just rashly washed out (see

My jacket has the standard acrylic sealant that we put on all our finished art pieces, to give the paint an additional scuff protection – although, the paint is very sturdy, and the acrylic coating really supports the surrounding leather quality more than the paint itself, which doesn’t need much protection.

We’ve had a jacket, with art painted by someone else, shipped to the studio recently that a client mistakenly took to the dry cleaners. The paint has actually been smeared across the leather, and the client has asked us to repair what we can (I’m working that one now).   I’ve never tried dry cleaning the painted areas, but ask dry cleaners to lightly steam just the interior of the jackets to freshen the liners.


More pictures on that later!