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Aviation Artwork

Thanks to a generous donation by Ohio State graduate and former Ohio State Airport employee Edward Pernotto, the following collection of artwork will be on permanent display on the second floor of the Austin E Knowlton Executive Terminal and Aviation Education Center beginning in February 2019.

Gathering of Eagles 1982 by William J. Reynolds

Gathering of EaglesGathering of EaglesThe first “Eagles” spanned aviation history from World War I to the space age

In 1982, the first official Gathering of Eagles, known at the time as "Great Moments in Aviation History," was held at Air Command and Staff College Maxwell at Air Force Base in  Alabama.  Lt. Col. David L. McFarland, the principal advisor of this program from 1982 through 2000, invited famous aviators worldwide to participate and be honored in the program, and his name is referenced in the annual booklet that was published for each gathering. The following aviators autographed this limited edition print:

  • George Vaughn, fighter ace in World War I and Distinguished Service Cross, Britain's Distinguished Flying Cross, and Silver Star recipient.
  • Leigh Wade, one of eight Army aviators who took off from Seattle to fly around the globe in four 2-winged, single-engine Douglas aircraft in 1924, which took 175 days.
  • Jimmy Doolittle (WPAFB and CNAR), helped develop instrument flight, lead the famous Doolittle Raid  on Japan in World War II.
  • Curtis LeMay (The Ohio State University graduate), designed and implemented an effective, but controversial, systematic strategic bombing campaign in the Pacific theater of World War II.
  • George Gay, of the 30 VT-8 aircrew from Hornet that participated in the pivotal Battle of Midway, Ensign Gay was the sole survivor.[1][2]
  • Joe Foss, leading Marine fighter ace in World War II.
  • John Mitchell, leader of Operation Vengeance, the mission to shoot down Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto during World War II.
  • Chuck Yeager (WPAFB),  the first pilot confirmed to have exceeded the speed of sound in level flight.
  • Gail Halvorsen (WPAFB), an Air Force pilot who gained fame after World War II for dropping candy to German children during the Berlin airlift from 1948 to 1949.
  • Paul Tibbets (EJA president), Air Force pilot who dropped the first atomic bomb used in warfare on Hiroshima, Japan during World War II.
  • Gabby Gabreski, the Air Force  fighter ace over Europe in World War II and a jet fighter ace with the Air Force in the Korean War.
  • Robin Olds (Cleveland NAR), fighter pilot during World War II and Vietnam who was considered one of the best wing commanders of the Vietnam War.
  • Michael Novosel, served in World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam. Awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery in Vietnam.
  • Pete Knight (WPAFB),retired colonel, Air Force test pilot, set airplane speed record in X-15 of 4,520 miles an hour or Mach 6.70, a record that still stands.
  • Neil Armstrong, first person to walk on the moon (born in Wapakoneta, Ohio), Navy fighter pilot during Korean War, test pilot including piloting the X-15 seven times, Gemini 8, Apollo 11, professor of aerospace engineering, University of Cincinnati.

*WPAFB:  Wright Patterson Air Force Base

**CNAR: Cleveland National Air Races

***EJA:  Executive Jet Aviation


Naval Aviators in SpaceNaval Aviators in Space

Robert L. Rasmussen Series: (1989)

  • “Naval Aviators in Space” Naval aviator and artist Rasmussen painted a watercolor depicting scenes from America’s four greatest manned spaceflight programs:  Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and the Shuttle. This is a limited edition print signed at the Naval Aviation Museum by nine Naval astronauts.
  • Alan B. Shepard, Jr., first American in space: Apollo 14
  • John H. Glenn Jr., first American to orbit the earth: Friendship 7
  • Jim Lovell, first man on the moon
  • Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the moon
  • Gene Cernan, last man to walk on moon: Apollo 17
  • Charles "Pete" Conrad, Jr., captain, USN (Ret), Gemini 5, Gemini 11, Apollo 12, Skylab 2, third human to walk on the moon.
  • Wally Scherra, one of the Mercury 7 and the only astronaut to foy lin the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs
  • Jack Lousma, colonel USMC,(Ret.), Skylab 3, STS-3.
  • Frederick "Rick" Hauck, Captain USN (Ret,) STS-7, STS-51A, STS-26.

“Naval Aviation" Hand signed by twelve notable Naval aviators:Naval AviationNaval Aviation

  • Former president George H.W. Bush: TBM Avenger
  • John H. Glenn Jr., one of the Mercury 7 and first American to orbit the earth: Friendship 7
  • Gregory “Pappy” Boyington (Marine Corps ace with 28 victories:  F4U Corsair
  • Alan B. Shepard, Jr., first American in space: Apollo 14
  • Gene Cernan, last man to walk on moon: Apollo 17
  • James Bond Stockdale, POW for seven and a half years in North Vietnam: F8 Crusader
  • Jeremiah Denton, U.S. Senator and 7 year POW: A6 Intruder
  • Joseph J. Foss, Medal of Honor , top Marine ace with 26 victories: F4F Wildcat
  • Thomas H. Moorer, Chair of the Joint Chiefs, CNO: PBY Catalina
  • David McCampbell, top Navy ace with 34 victories: F6 Hellcat
  • Clyde E. Lassen, Medal of Honor for night rescue behind enemy lines: H2 Seasprite
  • Randal “Duke” Cunningham, Navy ace in Vietnam and former Congressman


Apollo: Navy to the MoonApollo: Navy to the Moon

“Apollo:  Navy to the Moon” Print, signed by four Naval astronauts

Scenes depict the Apollo missions to the moon and signed by James Lovell, Neil Armstrong, Alan Shepard, and Gene Cernan. The print was produced to raise funds for the Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola, Florida.


“Space… The Pioneers” signed by four Mercury astronauts

Color lithograph showing one of the Mercury launches, the first manned space program, signed by the following:

  • John H. Glenn Jr., first American to orbit the earth: Friendship 7 and one of the Mercury 7Space...The PioneersSpace...The Pioneers
  • Scott Carpenter, one of the original seven astronauts selected for NASA's Project Mercury in April 1959 
  • Wally Scherra , one of the Mercury 7 and the only astronaut to fly in the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs
  • Gorden Cooper, the youngest of the Mercury 7 
  • Rasmussen (artist)