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SPACE ODYSSEY

A TRILOGY OF PAINTINGS (two displayed)
DEPICTING THE INTERACTION
BETWEEN MEN AND VEHICLES OF SPACE
IN PREPARATION FOR LAUNCH

Commissiond by the USAF Art Programme.
The paintings are on display in the Pentagon Washington DC


Picture Top Left
Title
‘PREPARATION AND ASSEMBLY FOR LAUNCH’
3 ft x 4 ft Acrylic on canvas

The painting depicts an Atlas 2 launch vehicle inside its assembly building being assembled and prepared for launch. The scene is shown from the top layer of the gantry looking east, past the payload head which is being guided into position by pulleys, onto the top of the launch vehicle.
The payload is from the 45th Space Wing, 17th Air Force 'Flying Tigers'.

Picture Top Right
TWO
Title
‘INSIDE THE WHITE ROOM’
‘White Room Operations’
The STP-1 is prepared for encapsulation and launch at Cape Canaveral
4ft x 3 ft Acrylic on canvas

This room which is totally sterile 24 hours a day, is used for completion of satellites and payloads for space. All workers and any visitors (few) go through a series of entry procedures to ensure the sterilization process is complete. You will see protective clothing, suits, shoes and hats are worn and in certain areas masks must be put on.
A very interesting day


THREE
TITLE
‘THE THINGS WE DO’
‘All in a days work’
4ft x 3 ft Acrylic on canvas

USAF 920th Rescue Wing
Patrick AFB Cape Canaveral FL.

This unit has the responsibility for all types of rescue procedures at sea and on land. Their primary task is space launch and US military recovery. Civil rescue tasks are also undertaken.
They were ideployed n New Orleans for recovery after the disaster there.
Because they undertake so many tasks, rather than highlight one,
I decided a montage was the best way to cover most of what the do,