Dee Howard's Aviation Art On Exhibit
If you know the name Darrell "Dee" Howard, either you've been around the business aviation industry a while or, most likely, have read about the post-WWII conversions of bombers and transports into sleek, winged corporate chariots on which his namesake's company made its reputation in the '50s and '60s. Howard, now in his mid-80s, also made a reputation as an innovator, developing thrust-reverser kits for early Learjets and providing maintenance, overhaul and modifications for business jets and heavy airliners. Now, according to the Galveston, Texas, Daily News, 35 original or first-edition prints from The Dee and Betty Howard Aviation Art Collection will be on display at the Lone Star Flight Museum through September of next year. According to the newspaper, an artist featured in the collection is Douglas Ettridge, whose "subjects are taken from the history of flying, from Montgolfier, Bleriot, Santos Dumont [and] Glenn Curtiss," among others. Another featured artist is Stan Stokes, whom the newspaper says is "one of the world’s foremost aircraft artists." Stokes' work includes a 21-foot tall and 103-foot wide mural of a Spitfire Mk-Ia and Messerschmitt Bf 109E engaged during the Battle of Britain. The Dee and Betty Howard Aviation Art Collection is on display at the Lone Star Flight Museum in Galveston through September 2006.