KOSU Aviation Artwork Online Gallery The Ohio State University Airport is home to an impressive gallery of aviation and aerospace artwork, located on the second floor of the Austin E. Knowlton Executive Terminal & Aviation Learning Center. The prints are on permanent display thanks to a generous donation by Ohio State graduate and former Ohio State Airport employee, Colonel Edward “Otto” Pernotto, USAFR (Ret.). The Pernotto Historical Collection is a lifelong assemblage of aerospace and military artifacts and prints. Enjoy this digital selection of artwork.

He Who Dares – Rick Reeves

When Ensign Jesse Leroy Brown became the U. S. Navy's first African American aviator, he fulfilled a childhood dream to fly. Brown enrolled in The Ohio State University in 1944 as an engineering major and was accepted into the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corp program. Location: KFC Classroom Hallway

Devotion – Matt Hall

Ensign Jesse Brown crashed into the mountains of North Korea during a battle. His wingman, LTJG Thomas Hudner, purposefully crash-landed his own plane, stumbling to his friend and attempting to dig him out. Brown died before Hudson could free his leg from where it was trapped under the wreckage, and Hudson went on to be awarded a medal of honor by President Truman for his courage and loyalty. Location: KFC Classroom Hallway

Gathering of Eagles 1982 – William J. Reynolds

In 1982, the first official Gathering of Eagles was held at Air Command and Staff College in Alabama. The theme of this first meeting was “Great Moments in Aviation History.” Lt. Col. David L. McFarland, the principal adviser of this program from 1982 through 2000, honored famous aviators worldwide. Location: KFC Classroom Hallway

Gathering of Eagles 1985 – J. Ashurst

In the 1985 Gathering of Eagles, Chuck Yeager was honored for becoming the first man to break the sound barrier. Also honored were John Voll, the highest-scoring ace in the Fifteenth Air Force during WWII, and George A. Vaughn, Jr., the highest-scoring ace from WWI. Location: KFC Flight Education Second Floor

Gathering of Eagles 1987 – J. Ashurst

Wolfgang Spӓte was honored in the 1987 Gathering of Eagles as an ace in both piston-powered aircraft and jets. Also honored were Lieutenant Colonel Ken Walsh, with 21 air victories and 140 combat missions, and Reade Tilley, an ace with seven victories. Location: KFC Flight Education Second Floor

Gathering of Eagles 1997 – J. Ashurst

Dora Dougherty Strother, the sixth woman to earn an airline transport pilot license in the U.S., was honored in the 1997 Gathering of Eagles, along with Bernard Adolph Schriever, founder of the Air Force Space and Missile Program, and Robert M. Robbins, an aeronautical engineer and test pilot. Location: KFC Flight Education Second Floor

Gathering of Eagles 2002 – J. Ashurst

In 2002, the Gathering of Eagles honored Florene Miller Watson, one of only 25 women to qualify for the Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron. Colonel James Robinson “Robbie” Risner, who fought in three wars and returned from Vietman as a prisoner of war, was also honored, as well as Charles H. “Chuck” Older, who served four different military organizations in two wars. Location: KFC Flight Education Second Floor

Gathering of Eagles 2005 – J. Ashurst

Among those honored in the 2005 Gathering of Eagles were Brigadier General Robin Olds, a WWII ace with 107 combat missions and 14 aerial victories, and Colonel Charles E. McGee, a Tuskegee pilot who fought in WWII, Korea and Vietnam. Location: KFC Flight Education Second Floor

Tuskegee Airmen – Larry Selman

In July, 1941, 13 African American men came from all over the country to the Tuskegee Army Airfield in Alabama to learn to fly. They were the first black military airmen, the pioneers of the 992 men who would graduate by the end of WWII. Known as the Tuskegee Airmen, they would go on to send four fighter squadrons into battle, emerging victorious. Location: KFC Classroom Hallway

The Legend of the Red Tails – Ray Simon

Colonel Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. and his Tuskegee Airmen look on as the Airmen fight for their country in WWII. This mission, conducted on March 23, 1945, saw a great victory as the Airmen flew 1600 miles round-trip and bombed the Daimler-Benz assembly plant in Germany. Location: KFC Classroom Hallway

On Target – Ric Druet

The 99th fighter squadron was the first Tuskegee squadron to see combat. This painting is the first in a set of four honoring the 332nd fighter group, signed by the airmen themselves, including Colonel Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. Location: KFC Classroom Hallway

Drop Tanks, Follow Me – Ric Druet

The second of the set, this painting depicts the 100th fighter squadron of the 332nd fighter group as it engages in battle. After the end of WWII, the squadron would be reactivated at the Lockbourne Army Airbase near Columbus, Ohio. Location: KFC Classroom Hallway

Red Tail Fury – Ric Druet

The third painting of the set, Ric Druet portrays the 301st fighter squadron of the 332nd fighter group. Each of the four squadrons captured in Druet’s Tuskegee Airmen series have continued to be deployed by the United States Air Force to this day. Location: KFC Classroom Hallway

Button Up Time – Ric Druet

Today, after many relocations, the Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska is home to the 302nd fighter squadron. Originally flying the P-51 Mustang, produced by North American Aviation, the 302nd now flies the F-22 Raptor, manufactured by Lockheed Martin. Location: KFC Classroom Hallway

Two Down, One to Go – William S. Phillips

Clarence D. “Lucky” Lester was one of two pilots to shoot down three enemy planes on a single mission during his time in service in WWII. Lester was a Tuskegee pilot who served in the U.S. Army Air Corps, the U.S. Army Air Force, and the U.S. Air Force. Location: Aerospace Research Center

Space…The Pioneers – Robert L. Rasmussen

The Mercury space program was the first to send manned space flights outside of Earth’s atmosphere. A highlight of the infamous Space Race, the program’s main goal was to send manned spacecraft safely into orbit before the Soviet Union could do the same. Location: KFC Classroom Hallway

Naval Aviation – Robert L. Rasmussen

In the realm of naval aviation, the sky isn’t the limit. Naval aviators have played their part in breakthroughs in spaceflight, sending spacecraft along with U.S. aviators (such as Neil Armstrong and Alan Shepard), into space. The first in a series of four prints, Robert L. Rasmussen, naval aviator and artist, depicts America’s famous Gemini mission. Location: KFC Classroom Hallway

Apollo: Navy to the Moon – Robert L. Rasmussen

July 20, 1969 will forever be remembered as one of the most important days in the history of spaceflight: the day the Apollo program landed astronauts on the moon. Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong led the charge in Apollo 11, followed by ten more men spread across six missions, lasting until 1972. Location: KFC Classroom Hallway

Naval Aviation in Space – Robert L. Rasmussen

August 30, 1984 marked a momentous day for the history of spaceflight as NASA’s third orbiter, Discovery, was successfully launched from Kennedy Space Center. Discovery would go on to surpass its predecessors by completing over 30 successful missions. This print is signed by nine naval aviators, including John Glenn, Neil Armstrong and Alan Shepard. Location: KFC Classroom Hallway

Free Enterprise – Mike Machat

In one of the first test flights of the space shuttle Enterprise, a highly modified 747 carrier releases the orbiter for its test in approach and landing. The orbiter had also been modified, allowing this test to run much more smoothly than previous tests and cutting the landing time in half, from over five minutes to two and a half. Location: Aerospace Research Center

Helping Hands – Alan Bean

Alan Bean, the fourth man to walk on the moon, is the only extra-terrestrial painter who has ever seen the world he depicts. Here, Bean remembers a moment of teamwork between himself and fellow astronaut Pete Conrad during the Apollo XII mission. Location: KFC Classroom Hallway

The Great Moment – Paul Calle

Neil Armstrong sets foot on the moon on the momentous day of July 20, 1969. Artist Paul Calle renders the step that would go on to become “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Location: KFC Classroom Hallway

International Space Station – Official NASA Photograph

In 2009, the International Space Station Program received the Collier Trophy, which is the top award in aviation, for designing and manufacturing the world’s largest spacecraft. Location: KFC Classroom Hallway

Lockheed Legends – Mike Machat

Lockheed Martin’s “Skunk Works” company has created an array of legendary aircraft, including the SR-71 “Blackbird” (top left) and the F-117 “Nighthawk” (top right). Today, Skunk Works has long been a pioneer of aircraft innovations, engineering impossible missions for both the U.S. military and NASA. Location: Aerospace Research Center

Last Hot Flight – Dru Blair

Lockheed Martin’s “Skunk Works” Advanced Development Company produced the SR-71 “Blackbird” in 1966. The Blackbird flew over three times the speed of sound (Mach 3) and at altitudes over 85,000 feet in missions for both the United States Air Force and NASA, before retiring in 1999. Its final flight, depicted here, took place on March 6, 1990. Location: Aerospace Research Center

The Final Ascent – Dru Blair

During the Blackbird’s final flight, pilot Lt. Col. Ed Yielding and Reconnaissance Systems Operator Joseph Vida broke a world record by flying from Los Angeles, California to Washington, D.C. in one hour and four minutes. Yielding and Vida averaged 2,124 miles per hour. Location: Aerospace Research Center

Lockheed SR-71 "Blackbird" climbing above the clouds – Brian Shul

After joining the U.S. Air Force in 1970, Brian Shul served as a Foreign Air Advisor in the Vietnam conflict. His aircraft was shot down in the jungle over Cambodia, and he barely survived, spending two months in intensive care. Fifteen major operations and months of physical therapy later, Shul was cleared to fly once again. He went on to fly the SR-71 Blackbird, the world’s fastest jet, passing the Blackbird’s grueling physical examination with no waivers. Location: Currently not on display

Thunderbirds – Dugald Cameron

The United States Air Force (USAF) Air Demonstration Squadron, also known as the Thunderbirds, tours the world to demonstrate the USAF’s agility and expertise. The third oldest air demonstration squadron in the world, the Thunderbirds began demonstrating in 1953 and to this day return to their headquarters at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada after each mission. Location: Currently not on display

Thunder in the Canyon – William S. Phillips

The roar of the Thunderbirds blends with the rumbling of thunder from distant storm clouds as six F-16s sweep through the Grand Canyon in Delta formation. Location: KFC Flight Education Staircase

The Red Arrows – Dugald Cameron

The Red Arrows are the aerobatics display team of the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force. With their characteristic Diamond Nine formation, the Arrows have displayed their talent in 57 countries worldwide. Location: Currently not on display

Ruby Reds – Robert Tomlin

To celebrate the Red Arrows’ 40th season, Robert Tomlin wanted to pay homage to the Arrows’ 2004 team by depicting them in their distinct Diamond Nine formation. After gaining permission from the team, Tomlin included intricate detail, including their cars in the parking lot and even the dogs of one team member playing in the grass. Location: Currently not on display

Red Arrows Helmet and Tail – Brian Shul

The Red Arrows of the Royal Air Force fly the British Aerospace T1A Hawk. Designed for training, the Hawk can reach Mach 1.15 in a dive, which allows trainees to experience transonic flight before entering an aircraft designed to fly at supersonic speeds. Location: Currently not on display

U.S. Navy Blue Angels 1978 Team

The Blue Angels sweep over snowy mountains. The Blues are the second oldest formal aerobatic team in the world, and still employ many of the same techniques that they used in their inaugural season. In addition to the dozens of demonstrations they participate in each year, members of the Blue Angels also visit schools and community events to share their passion with the world. Location: Currently not on display

Sunward We Climb – William S. Phillips

The Snowbirds enter a loop above Waterton Lake, Canada. The Snowbirds are the Air Demonstration Team of the Canadian Forces. They made their first appearance in 1972 and have since displayed their skill to over 30 million spectators throughout North America. Location: KFC Flight Education Staircase

Hey Pard, You’ll Get a Free Steak at Pancho’s Tonight – Mike Machat

On October 14, 1947, Captain Charles ‘Chuck’ Yeager made history as the first person to break the sound barrier. On his return, chaseplane pilot Bob Hoover acknowledged his accomplishment by reminding him that Pancho Barnes’ ranch was offering a free steak dinner to the first man to fly faster than sound. Location: Aerospace Research Center

Yeager’s Conquest – Roy Grinnell

Artist Roy Grinnell portrays Chuck Yeager’s historic flight in 1947, in which he broke the sound barrier. Yeager himself sits in the cockpit of the X-1 “Glamorous Glennis.” Location: Currently not on display

Return from Mach 6 – Mike Machat

On November 9, 1961, then Air Force Major Robert M. White flew to a speed of 4,093 mph, breaking records as the first aircraft to fly six times the speed of sound. Because of this accomplishment, President John F. Kennedy presented White with the Robert J. Collier trophy. White remains one of only a few men who have flown into space without a conventional spacecraft. Location: Aerospace Research Center

Everything She’s Got – Mike Machat

In 1953, Scott Crossfield became the first man to fly twice the speed of sound (Mach 2). The Douglas aircraft wasn’t designed to go faster than Mach 1.5, leading many to believe Crossfield would fail. Exceeding all expectations, he pushed the aircraft as fast as it would go and broke the record. Location: Aerospace Research Center

Faster than a Speeding Bullet – Mike Machat

In 1960, The Convair B-58 “Hustler” was introduced as the first operational bomber capable of flying twice the speed of sound. Just six months earlier, Chief Test Pilot Beryl Erickson flew the Hustler 1,400 miles from Texas to California in just two hours, without inflight refueling. Throughout this flight, Erickson never ascended higher than 500 feet above the ground. Location: Aerospace Research Center

Staying Power – Gil Cohen

Colonel Gail Halvorsen, participating in the Berlin Airlift in 1948, noticed that children would line the airfield, watching the planes come and go. He decided to circle the airfield, deploying candy by parachute for the kids. For this, Halvorsen became known as the “Candy Bomber.” Location: Currently not on display

The Beginning – Mike Machat

The Bell XP-59A became the world’s first jet-powered aircraft in 1942. Although it never saw combat, the P-59 paved the way for future jets to be produced. Location: Aerospace Research Center

Lakebed Liftoff – Mike Machat

The Douglas X-3 “Stiletto,” flown by Lt. Col. Frank K. "Pete" Everest, Jr., lifts off from the runway. Many of the test pilots who flew it said the X-3, which made its first appearance in 1952 and retired just four years later, was one of the most difficult aircraft they’d ever encountered, requiring a 3-mile runway to lift off. Location: Aerospace Research Center

Six Turnin’ and Four Burnin’ – Mike Machat

The massive Convair B-36 “Peacemaker” takes off on a mission. The Peacemaker, introduced in 1948, is the largest piston-engined aircraft ever mass-produced, weighing 410,000 pounds. It had four bomb bays and was powered by six piston engines and four jet engines. Capable of flying at altitudes of over 43,000 feet, the Peacemaker’s top speed was 418 miles per hour. Location: Aerospace Research Center

Lest We Forget – William S. Phillips

Reflecting on his visits to a number of abandoned air force bases, painter William S. Phillips remembers the way nature’s calm had overtaken what used to be a bustling hub of aviation. Phillips pictures six of the aircraft that would have flown from these bases, with a memorial in the center to pay tribute to the aviators who served, “lest we forget.” Location: Currently not on display

The Phantoms and the Wizard – William S. Phillips

The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II entered service in the Navy in 1961, and has broken 15 world records to date. In this painting, three Phantoms soar in slot formation over Wizard Island in Crater Lake, Oregon. Location: Currently not on display

A-6 Intruder over U.S.S. Midway – Robert L. Rasmussen

The Grumman A-6 Intruder pierces through gray skies over the USS Midway. The Intruder was introduced into the U.S. Navy in 1963 in response to the need for an all-weather attack aircraft. Previously, air support had often been unavailable at critical moments in the Korean War due to harsh weather, so the Intruder’s hardiness gave the United States a leg up in combat. Location: Currently not on display

U.S. Marine Corps Aviation – Robert L. Rasmussen

The aviation unit within the United States Marine Corps assists missions by providing air transport and close air support to ground forces. The aviation unit officially began in 1912 and has provided support in both World Wars. Location: KFC Classroom Hallway

VAL-4 Black Ponies – Robert L. Rasmussen

The VAL-4 “Black Ponies” entered service in 1969, and were deployed to Vietnam, where they supported U.S. Allied and Vietnamese operations. During the course of the war, the Black Ponies saved more allied troops and defeated more enemies than all the other naval squadrons combined. Location: Aerospace Research Center

Night Departure – John Young

Artist John Young envisions a Lockheed 1049G Super Constellation on a rainy night. The Constellation was introduced to the U.S. Navy and Air Force in 1951, to be adopted into commercial service by Northwest Airlines in 1955. Location: Currently not on display

Two Majesties – John Young

The Boeing Model 314 cruises through the hazy sky as Mount Rainier scrapes it in the background. The 314 was first flown in 1938, and it set the precedent for passenger comfort. Location: Currently not on display

The 200th Hour – Lee Herron

On December 14, 1986, Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager rumbled down a 15,000-foot runway in the Rutan Model 76 Voyager and took off on a record-breaking flight around the world. Many, including Rutan himself, believed they wouldn’t make it, but they touched down nine days later with only two hours of fuel left. This print is signed by both Rutan and Yeager themselves. Location: KFC Classroom Hallway

F-4 Phantom Full Afterburner Takeoff at Dusk

A McConnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II rises into the sky at dusk. The Phantom is an interceptor capable of flying up to Mach 2.2 and carrying more than 18,000 pounds of weapons. It was introduced to the United States Navy in 1961 and became a key player in the Vietnam War. Location: Currently not on display

Springtime Flying in the Rockies – Craig Kodera

Two biplanes rise above the clouds in this painting by artist Craig Kodera. Kodera portrays the “golden age” of aviation in the 1930s, when advances in technology – and aviation – allowed for these biplanes to emerge, quickly becoming the first line of defense in the skies. Location: Currently not on display

Brian Shul T-38 Self Portrait Over the Sierras – Brian Shul

Photographer Brian Shul passes a comrade in his T-38 Talon over the Sierras. Manufactured by Northrop Corporation, the Talon was introduced to the United States Air Force in 1961 and is still in use today. NASA employs a fleet of Talons in their astronaut training, and it became a tradition for astronauts to arrive at the Kennedy Space Center in this aircraft. Location: Currently not on display

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