Warbirds featured in this edition include:
• Grumman TBF Avenger
Entering service in 1942, the three-man crew Avenger first saw action at the Battle of Midway. It was the most effective and widely-used Allied torpedo bomber of World War II.
• Messershmitt Bf-109
The backbone of Hitler’s Luftwaffe, the BF-109 single seat fighter was flown by the three top-scoring fighter aces of all time, who claimed 928 victories among them.
• Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
Developed in the 1930s, this heavy bomber flew daylight strategic raids in Europe, dropping more bombs than any other U.S. aircraft in World War II
• Lockheed P-38 Lightning
Developed in 1939 for the U.S. Army Air Corps, the single-seat P-38 served as a fighter, bomber-escort, tactical bomber, and a photo-reconnaissance platform.
• Douglas C-47 Skytrain
The Skytrain or Dakota was a military transport aircraft developed from the civilian Douglas DC-3 airliner. It was used extensively by the Allies during World War II.
• Avro Lancaster Bomber
This British strategic bomber was used as the RAF’s principal heavy bomber during the latter half of WWII.
• de Havilland Mosquito
Developed in 1940 for the RAF, the very fast British Mosquito served as a medium bomber, and was unusual in that its frame was constructed of wood, hence its nickname “wooden wonder.”
• Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
This four-engine B-17 became a key weapon in the attack on Germany during WWII, and ultimately dropped more bombs than any other plane. The B-17 had a 2,000-mile range and a reputation for reliability.
• Focke Wulf FW 190
Entering service in 1940, the fast and agile FW 190 Würger (strike) fighter served, along with the Bff 109, as part of Hitler’s Luftwaffe.
• North American B-25 Mitchell
Introduced in 1941, the B-25 was a medium bomber that was flown by many allied forces in all theaters of WWII.
• Curtis P-40 Warhawk
The single seat P-40 fighter gained fame as the plane flown by the American Volunteer Flying Tigers against the Japanese in China.
• Supermarine Spitfire
First flown in 1936, the Spitfire was a single-seat fighter that was used by the Royal Air Force and other Allied countries before, during, and after World War II.
About the Artist
Artist Larry Grossman’s professional art career began when he bought an airbrush at age fifteen. He soon began painting and selling wild T-shirts at hot rod shows and events such as The Teen-Age Fair in Hollywood, often working for the legendary King of the Car Kustomizers, George Barris.
In 1967 Larry moved to Berkeley, where he graduated (majoring in film and photography) from CCAC Art School. An animation short film he single-handedly created as a senior won Grand Prize in several film festivals, and he later returned to CCAC to teach animation. In 1981 the Disney Studios enticed Larry back to L.A. to work as a designer on the studio s landmark first-computerized film Tron. After that, Larry created airbrushed art on a free-lance basis for Disney, Warner Bros., and Dreamworks Studios, and also illustrated album covers for legendary musician Frank Zappa, among others.
In the mid 90 s Larry retired his trusty airbrush after becoming enthralled with the creative potential of the computer while working on the 1982 film Tron. Larry soon developed his current unique artistic process, which combines digital airbrushing with his own photography. The resulting images are distinctive, unique and striking, and often reflect Larry s love for the styles of the 1930-50 s (Art Deco in particular). In addition, he owns a 1932 Ford hot rod and a 1961 Nash Metropolitan Convertible (he does all of his own work), and also collects and wears vintage clothes from those periods as well.
The art Larry creates through his current business, Retrovisions, is currently exhibited at galleries and museums worldwide, including the Petersen Automotive Museum, the Museum of Neon Art, the National Hot Rod Museum, the Gene Autry Western Museum, and many airplane museum gift shops. In addition to self-publishing more than seventy-five posters, Larry has also created art for companies such as In-N-Out Burger and Bob’s Big Boy. He also accepts commissions from customers who want custom-tailored art featuring themselves, their airplanes, cars, or whatever.