The image collection of incredible planes has been taken by American graphic artist and photographer Bob Seidemann. He is famous for the creation of several album covers and portraits of musicians, such as Eric Clapton, Janis Joplin, etc. However, from the late 1980 through the 2000 photographer took a series of aviation themed photographs called “The Airplane as Art” with aviation geniuses and their incredible planes. Airplanes may not have been the photographer’s subject during his career, but they were always his passion.
The image collection were filled from thousands of images of commercial and military airplanes, along with many of their chief engineers, designers, and pilots. In those pictures Bob Seidmann connected mes who designed and flew planes with their favorite machines - incredible planes. “I thought that if the airplanes were art, then the people that make them are artists", said photographer, whose collection “The Airplane as Art” sold for $236,750.
Here you can see the gallery of an amazing aircraft and people, who are related to them:Photographer Bob Seidemann (left) shakes hands with Robert Sandusky, chief designer of the Northrup YF-23 behind them, Edwards Air Force Base, 1991. Ben Rich, chief designer of Lockheed's F-117A Stealth Fighter, photographed at Lockheed's Palmdale facility, Plant 42, 1991. The right engine of an SR-71, photographed at the Lockheed facility in Palmdale, California, 1998. George Schairer championed the swept-back wing design and put it into practice for Boeing's B-47 (seen here). Photographed by Bob Seidemann at Boeing's Museum of Flight, Seattle, Washington, 1991. Gordon Fullerton, moments before piloting the 747 carrying a Space Shuttle behind him from Edwards Air Force Base to Cape Canaveral, Florida, 1993. Inside the cockpit of a Canadair CT-114 Tutor, flying with the Snowbirds near Mt. Shasta in northern California, 1989. Alan Mulally at the Boeing Renton factory, holding a model of the 777, for which he was the chief designer, 1991. Boeing 747 tail section being assembled at the 747 plant in Everett, Washington, 1991. Douglaas "Wrong Way" Corrigan, with the 1929 OX-5 Curtis Robin airplane he flew solo, without permission, from New York to Ireland in 1938. Photographed at Hawthorn Airport, California, 1988. A World War II-era Consolidated B-24H over Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, 1999. A B-2 bomber in flight over Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, 1998. F-86 wreck with skull, China Lake Naval Weapons Station, 1987. A pair of SR-71 reconnaissance jets parked at the Lockheed facility in Palmdale, California, 1998. B-52 hulks on the desert floor, Edwards Air Force Base, 1988. Convair B-58 Hustler hulk at Edwards Air Force Base, 1988. Boeing Stratofreighter cockpit, China Lake Naval Weapons Station, 1987. Tex Johnson, former chief test pilot for Boeing, in the cockpit of the original Boeing 707 prototype, 1991. Johnson is famous for barrel-rolling this plane during a demonstration flight. General James Doolittle, who led the Doolittle Raid over Tokyo and other Japanese cities within months of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Photographed at his home in Carmel Valley, California, 1988. Walter Spivak, the first designer Seidemann photographed, is shown here in 1988 at the Rockwell facility in Palmdale, California, with his B-1B bomber. Saburo Sakai flew Mitsubishi Zeros for Japan during World War II. Photographed at Planes of Fame in front of the only airworthy Zero in North America, 1990. Arthur Raymond designed the DC-3 for Douglas Aircraft Company in the 1930s, making commercial airflight viable. Photographed in Long Beach with a DC-2, which he also designed, 1989. General Vladimir Ilyushin is the only man to have flown the intercontinental nuclear bomber prototype behind him. Photographed at the Russian Air Force Museum, south of Moscow, 1990. Time-exposure photograph of a Grumann F-14 taking off from the deck of the USS Nimitz, off the coast of San Diego, 1988.
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