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Jimmy Doolittle ~ 1932 by zulumike Jimmy Doolittle ~ 1932 by zulumike
This was a digtal art mixed media project. It includes a colorization of a B/W photo of J. Doolittle, painting and inkwork of AC and scenery. Edited in Photoshop and GIMP. The clothing colors were based on reserch at the public library from 1932 magazines.

Jimmy Doolittle was an amazing pilot and engineer. He was a MIT aeronuatical engineer graduate and a "hands-on" pilot. He could "walk the talk and talk the walk"

1. First to perform the outside loop, calculated all the stresses and he never took any chances wiltout good engineering back-up.

2. First to land "blind" instruments only. He was the person that pushed instrument flying in the early days.

3. Help develop 100 octane fuel with Shell Oil. Without it our planes in WW II would not have had the power/horsepower.

4. We all know about the B-25 Tokyo Raid, received the (MOH).

Read what Doolittle says about the Gee BEE in thew Compositon.

It was fast but it was very dangerous to fly. He was one of the few that could fly this bullet.

This is a tribute to General James Doolittle.

Thanks for Looking.

Cheers, Mike
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BorisFedorov Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Well that's a US aviation figure I never heard of before, and boy does his accomplishments give Charles Lindbergh Jr. and Amalia Earhart's records look minimal in comparison.
PzlWksMedia Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Professional Photographer
I like your emitional sentiment for Granville Brothers history. The insertion of Jimmy to a photo of the "R2 replica", built by Steve Wolf for Delmar Benjamin is fun. But the R2 Replica and the original R2 have the tapered intake shape because the engine in your photo is the 985 PW. The R1 was the 1340 and had the large cowl intake profile. He was the first person to ever obtain a graduate degree at MIT in aeronautical engineering. His work with high octane fuel chemistry allowed him to actually have ownership of patents for several high octane fuel types...which is why he became so wealthy. Also it's not just that he invented the concept of "instrument flying" or blind flight....but he also designed the insturments and sold the licenses for almost nothing...just aviation would be safer. His ability to teach other pilots to ships by the numbers, via personal demonstration and dual instruction was really his greatest gift. When Martin "short wing" B26...was killing crews almost everyday, most often for single engine operations. Jimmy in what was one of the great examples of all time showed up in a B26 and demonstrated single engine operation and other high risk aerobatic performance. The took them up stairs and put them in the "left" seat and talked them through some of the most dangerous flight situations that were killing crews. HE had the squadron leaders put through an intesive seminar conduncted by Jimmy so they could teach others....none of this knowledge was in the flight manuals or training at the time ! Thus turning the "Widow Marker" into what turned out to be one of the best historical surrival records in the airforce! In the 1970's the Doolittle Raiders reunion was held at Long Beach Airport and we were lucky to be invited and got to spend a few moments talking about accomplishments...his humility amazing also.
zulumike Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks Otto, Glad you like it.
Cheers, MIke
SwiftFlyer Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Here is a picture of the sister ship (a replica) [link] . I have seen this one flown. As you can see in the picture it is not a large airplane. The airframes were the same, but the No. 7 ship used in the Bendix race had a smaller engine. I have seen General Doolittle at the airshow many years ago. I live in Cleveland, Ohio and have always had an interest in the Air racing history.
zulumike Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the link.

I also like the history of air racing.

Went to the Reno Air Races in 19989 and saw Rare Bear, what a beast with it's 3,000 hp in a clpped wing Bearcat. This is the fastest motor sports in the world.

Cheers, Mike
SwiftFlyer Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I remember going to the unlimited air races when they were reintroduced to Cleveland in the 1960's. They had a racehorse start, where they ran across jumped in their planes started them and roared off. A friend restored Roscoe Turner's Wedell Williams and I know one of the guys who has both Mike and Ike.
GrahamTG Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very impressive
zulumike Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks guys, appreciate the comments. This is a second edit of a previous composition I did recently.
With some good feedback from other aviation artists/friends in regards to shadows and color, I went back to the drawing for this final comp. I'm happy with it, I wanted to convey a theme of aviation history during the "Golden Age" of aviation and a tribute to an astounding aviator.

"Keep Pushin' those Pixels"

Cheers, Mike
TarJakArt Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely work Mike. I really like the way you've make the plane and pilot stand out from the background. To drawer effort.
OttoakaMedicineman Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
Great one Mike.
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