William S. Phillips - Fifty Miles Out

It is the last year of the war, and one of Colonel Glen W. Martin's fleet of B-29s, punnily named Dina Might, surges over the clouds during its mission to bomb the industrial cities of Japan. But it is more than just the remembrance of a vital war effort. This is not a portrayal of a particular mission. Rather is an homage to the Superfortress.

Fifty Miles Out could mean from home after the bombing raid, or fifty miles out from target. There's a sense of majesty and exhilaration, but there's a sense of urgency too. Because coming back, they would be setting up to land, with possibly wounded on board. And also fifty miles out from target, there would be a sense of anticipation and some anxiety about flack and fighter coverage. I left the background planes without names. The angle I wanted on them was so that the wing and engine details would block any numbers on the airplane. And I didn't put anything on the nose, because I wanted the people in that unit to be able to feel that one of those might have been their airplane. They could point proudly at either of the two background planes and say, "That's my airplane." – WSP


William S. Phillips - Fifty Miles Out

Release Year: 1991
Size: 21 x 32
Form: limited edition print on paper
Edition Size: 1000 numbered and hand signed by the artist
Artist Proofs: call or email to check on availability.
Custom Framing: available upon request

Product Code: PHIFI1
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