A newly completed mural painting called “Fly Navy” will be unveiled at the Museum of Flying this Saturday, Sept. 20 at 2 pm.
The mural was created by aviation artist, author, and historian, Mike Machat. The image depicts the only US Naval cruise on the USS Forrestal that carried all Douglas aircraft in 1958.
On the deck of the Forrestal you will see the famous Douglas A4D “Skyhawk”, the Douglas A3D “Skywarrior”, the largest, heaviest carrier based aircraft ever built, the F4D “Skyray” along with a trio of the famous Douglas “Skyraiders”
The mural commission was funded through a grant from the Employee Community Fund of Boeing California.
This is the second mural funded by the ECF to help to preserve the history of the Douglas Aircraft Company that called the Santa Monica Airport home for more than four decades.
The mural will be dedicated in memory of R.G. Smith who was the official artist and configuration engineer for the Douglas Aircraft Company who work there for 52 years.
The Museum is currently on our fall schedule with hours of operation of Friday through Sunday from 10 am until 5 pm.
The admission to the Museum is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors/students, and $6 for children aged 6 to 12. Children 5 and under are free.
The Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is located at 3100 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90405.
For more information, call 310.398.2500 or visit www.museumofflying.com.