Airmail's Joe Jones is elated to share - "In the life of each artist there are those all-illusive moments that personify their purpose and galvanize their legacy as a creative human being, this is one of those!"
Unveiled for the first time at the President's reception at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum in Washington, DC, 9/18 (in prelude to their huge annual signature National Aviation Hall of Fame Enshrinement event) the roll-out of Jones' latest signature commemorative illustration work was presented to his legendary friend, Robert "Hoot" Gibson: One of the fastest men on Earth - 5-time Space Shuttle Commander, and famed Reno Air Race champion.
We now share now his seventh piece in an ongoing series of signature commemorative works carefully produced together with the vision of long-time friend Ken Perich, Director of (NAHI) the National Aviation Heritage Invitational (shown presenting to Hoot on the left) THIS is one of his finest.
Jones shares: "As cool as they come, and one of the very best pilots this solar system has ever known â€" you could hardly imagine what an honor it is for me to work with such a truly remarkable living pioneer. The very first NASA shuttle commander to ever dock with the Russian space station MIR, it is so cool to be able to ask any real-world space science question I could ever imagine to an actual astronaut (one that has logged over 14,000 hours in 140 types of aircraft, one that has made over 300 carrier landings, and one that has personally orbited the Earth well over 1,000 times at nearly MACH23 / 17,500mph in five different Space Shuttles.
Can you even imagine? Gibson is every inch the American hero they write about, and a hell of a lot more! He is one of the most humble, but remarkable beings I have ever known. He IS the measuring stick!" Joe Jones