Lone Star exhibit features rare art

The Lone Star Flight Museum in Galveston, Texas, has on display 35 original or first edition prints from The Dee and Betty Howard Aviation Art Collection, through September of next year. Featured are paintings by such recognized artists as Douglas Ettridge and Stan Stokes.Ettridge was born in London but spent many years working in the United States. During the 1960s, he did many paintings for Lockheed, including a 25-foot mural commissioned for Luke Air Force Base in Arizona.

Stokes is a prize-winning Californian considered one of the world’s foremost aircraft artists. Several of his paintings are in the Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

In 1991, he created a huge mural, 103 feet wide, depicting the Battle of Britain and showing a Spitfire and a Messerschmitt in a classic turning duel. Both aircraft are full-size in the painting.Dee Howard is a pioneer and innovator in the aircraft industry. He began by remanufacturing World War II surplus aircraft as high-speed, long-range business aircraft. In the early 1960s he built the first full-scale mock-up of the Learjet. In 1964, he founded the Dee Howard Co. to provide maintenance, overhaul and custom services for business and commercial jet aircraft. His current company, River City Products, develops technology to increase safety and reduce driver fatigue in the heavy vehicle industry.

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