Airmail Greetings steps up once again as a major supporter of The National Aviation Heritage Invitational, hosted by Rolls-Royce.
Official artist for the sixth year in a row, Joe Jones proudly unveils our 2009 National Aviation Heritage Invitational flagship art developed for Rolls-Royce and event director, Mr. Ken Perish, steadfast custodian of our aviation heritage. As many of you probably know, this great annual restoration competition has three main catagories.
Antique: Aircraft built and operated before 1936
Classic: Aircraft built and operated after 1936
Military Warbirds: Just about any type.
Teaming up again with Ken Preish this year, Joe Jones also had the great privelege to work directly with Mike Houghton, President/CEO of the Reno Air Racing Association during the development phase of this year campaign artwork. As a visual extension from our ICAS awarded 2008 NAHI artwork, the 2009 concept would continue from there to develop a classic, first-person, render of Reno's, Stead Airport ramp looking out to towards the pylons in the far distance. Looking past the Stearman in the mid-ground you can see the Unlimited racers shown neck-to-neck as they battle it out for each pylon.
Coupled with that is a salute to Rolls-Royce, and the legendary "Merlin" engine. Which, as you know, both powered the RAF's Supermarine Spitfire -- credited for helping win the Battle of Britain in 1941, and a just a few years later over Germany in 1945 while fitted in the North American P-51 Mustang. With the hot Nevada sun streaming down on the ramp our Mk1A Spitfire is prominently featured in the foreground nicely wrapped around the NAHI trophy.
This year, we simply wanted to extend a warm and heartfelt invitation to come and help celebrate the spirit of aviation with The National Aviation Heritage Invitational this year at Reno.
Please, come join us again at the Reno National Championship Air Races, September 16-20, 2009. For more information on this great event, please visit: www.heritagetrophy.org.