Shot this at twenty cold degrees the sun was just glowing on the piece as I hung the bug against a long defunct old sea crane.
Got a great response on my last show at the Society of Illustrators NY this piece was be quested for the society’s prestigious permanent collection, as well as they sold a couple of pieces. Amazing
The Hongzhou Flyer now has a place of honor in the New York office of David Forrest MD
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia Univ. College of Physicians.
This was my inspiration for the next piece, love the scale of this plane notice the size of the three pilots compare to the size of the machine itself. I believe this is a late twenties or early thirties scout plane.
What interests me is how much did the engine weigh, how much did the plane weigh not to mention the weight of three pilots. How much gas did it burn how much horsepower did it generate. Lifting out of water requires major horsepower. As a kid my father and brother experimented with a couple of small speedboats and hydroplaning.
An early American built plane builder unknown idling on the French seaside, a rare early example of a mono wing design
The Bristol Boiler 1904
Continuing my series on Early Steam Flight
Although several attempts were made with this short wheel base mono wing design
no flight was actually recorded.
Although the pilot was able to hop this strange little design several times on the English wind swept shoreline.
The artist currently owns the only known model of this design known to exist
The Black Jackets came to fame soon after the first Great War, when zombies were roaming the north of England’s rural countryside. The undead were walking the fields of poor rural farmers killing and eating their precious farm animals as well as terrorzing the town’s people. With all of the English troops killed off by the Great War, the only troops available were the all female Black Jackets. With their skilled marksman ship and now famous Pilsner Steam rifle they were a formidable force to recon with. The Pilsner Steam Rifle could make a head shot at four hundred feet, soon putting many a zombie to his or her final resting place.
It is now believed that the roaming un- dead was a result of an early strain of mad cow desease and this combined with quick and improper burial techniques, lead a strange bit of post-industrial English folk history.
The Pilsner Steam rifle is currently property of the artist
An Actual photo of a Pendton Steam rifle the Chinese model