Into the Sunlit Splendor: The Aviation Art of William S. Phillips

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Greenwich Workshop Press, 2005 - Art - 224 pages
In a Willian S. Phillips painting—a tight formation of F-4 Phantoms screaming over Crater Lake, Oregon; the Blue Angels soaring near the California coast; a violent confrontation between a German Bf-109 and a RAF Spitfire above Sussex's Beachy Head; a line of Bell Hueys passing through a monsoon-soaked valley in Vietnam—a viewer can almost feel the pressure on his body from the groundblurring speed of the plane, his mouth go dry in the desert air, or the chill on his neck when it's so cold it hurts to breathe. Phillips is also a superb landscape and “skyscape” painter who places his subjects in geographic and historical context.

A wealth of aviation and military history by Ann and Charlie Cooper accompanies the paintings, as do Phillips's own archival photographs.

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About the author (2005)

Ann Lewis Cooper has written nine books and hundreds of articles on aviation and aviation art. A pilot and flight instructor, she was inducted into the Women in Aviation International Pioneer Hall of Fame.

CHARLES S. COOPER, a retired major general and commander of the New York State Air National Guard, is a Master Navigator and was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal.

William S. Phillips had the honor of having a one-man show at the National Air and Space Museum and was a U.S. Navy combat artist. Appointed by the U.S. Park Service to be its first artist-in-residence in the Grand Canyon, he has created the paintings for two U.S. Postal Service aviation history stamp series.

Alan LaVern Bean was born in Wheeler, Texas on March 15, 1932. He received a bachelor's degree in aeronautical engineering in 1955 from the University of Texas. He obtained a commission in Navy aviation and after completing test-pilot school was selected by NASA as one of 14 new astronauts in October 1963. He was a member of the Apollo 12 crew and became the fourth person to walk on the moon. In July 1973, he commanded a three-man flight to Skylab orbiting laboratory. The astronauts on that mission spent 59 days in space. He retired from the Navy in 1975, but remained with NASA until 1981 overseeing the training of future astronauts. He became a full-time artist. He wrote several books including Apollo written with Andrew Chaikin. He died on May 26, 2018 at the age of 86.

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