New Original Oil Painting
Jonah and the Dragon Lady
Jonah and the Dragon Lady
by Kristin Hill
30″ circular canvas
Within the “Dragon Lady”, the U-2 maintainers conduct a thorough review and repair of the venerable high altitude aircraft. U-2 airframes manufactured 30 years ago have several decades of airworthiness remaining because of maintenance regimens and minimal airtime stresses. The jet engine has been removed from this airframe for overhaul. Viewed through the open aft fuselage, the Dragon Lady’s foil heat shields, structural elements, mechanisms, pipes, cables, open panels and dual forward intake vents offer a symphony of visual interplay.
Kristin created this painting from firsthand research and observation at Beale AFB.
It is an oil painting on a 30 inch circular canvas.
2016 ASAA International Aerospace Art Exhibit
Honorable Mention Recognition
on display at
Aerospace Art Exhibit
James C. Westin Gallery
June 2 – July 22, 2016
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, WI
Kristin Hill – Aviation Artist
Exhibit Booth #1158
Exhibit Hangar A
July 25 – 31, 2016
U-2 Dragon Lady 60th Anniversary Print
with U-2 Pilot Signatures
Alone with The Forms II
by Kristin Hill
Limited Edition Lithograph
with more than 160 U-2 Pilot Signatures
Original Oil Painting on Canvas
© Kristin Hill 2015 all rights of reproduction are reserved by the artist
Cover Art by Kristin Hill
~ Once an Eon ~
Original oil painting Once an Eon by Kristin Hill
is in the U. S. Air Force Art Collection
Air Force Art and Department of Defense
new 355 page coffee table publication
A Magnificent Showcase
History , Heritage and Art
The United States Air Force and the Air Force Art Program
Also featured in this remarkable book is Kristin Hill`s U-2 painting
Pacing the Terminator created following her high altitude U-2 flight
and presented to the Air Force Art Collection for display in the Pentagon.
Kristin has more than a dozen paintings in the Air Force Art Collection.
To see more about Pacing the Terminator click here
Purchase this hardcover coffee table book from the Government Printing Office
Visit with Kristin Hill at 2016 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
Before and after AirVenture, Kristin can be reached at her studio to discuss how she can create for you a custom commission painting which captures on canvas your individual personal interests in aviation and flight. Kristin`s art is also available in the form of already created original paintings, reproductions, and special project arrangements.
~ AirVenture 2016 Art, VIP Guests and Events ~
Chris Pocock ~ U-2 historian, author and aviation defense journalist
Major General Patrick Halloran (Retired) ~ U-2 and SR-71 pilot and signed Blackbird print “Chariot of Nyx”
Golden Age Air Museum ~ Mike Damiani ~ about GAAM´s WWI planes at AirVenture 2016
Air Race Classics ~ Youth Art Contest 2016 winning art by Kassi Slowey
~More details and schedules to be posted~
~ AirVenture Art, VIP Guests and Events ~
Kristin Hill Aviation Artist
displays her art and hosts
VIP Guest Authors and Presenters
at her art exhibit display
Exhibit Hangar A, Booth #1158
Kristin Hill – Aviation Artist
To read more about Kristin,
scroll down or Click Here
Visit with Kristin Hill and her VIP Guests
~ some past guests, books and art are listed below ~
Original paintings, commission works, signed prints and books are available, including personalized copies.
In this new edition of his classic 1970 memoir about the notorious U-2 incident, pilot Francis Gary Powers reveals the full story of what actually happened in the most sensational espionage case in Cold War history. After surviving the shoot-down of his reconnaissance plane and his capture on May 1, 1960, Powers endured sixty-one days of rigorous interrogation by the KGB, a public trial, a conviction for espionage, and the start of a ten-year sentence. After nearly two years, the U.S. government obtained his release from prison in a dramatic exchange for convicted Soviet spy Rudolph Abel. The narrative is a tremendously exciting suspense story about a man who was labeled a traitor by many of his countrymen but who emerged a Cold War hero.
~ Gary Powers, Jr. will speak about his father Gary Powers, Sr., Operation Overflight and the Cold War at EAA AirVenture venues and as a VIP guest at Kristin Hill ~ Aviation Artist exhibit booth #1158, Hangar A.
Bridge of Spies
Bridge of Spies is the new movie from Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks about events following the capture of Gary Powers, Sr. and the critical Cold War negotiations between the U.S. and U.S.S.R. to trade Soviet spy Rudolph Abel for American spy Gary Powers.
Movie release date is October 16, 2015, watch the trailer now!
America’s Secret MiG Squadron
The Red Eagles of Project Constant Peg
This book is the story of a group of military pioneers who were intent on using their experience and knowledge to develop a new training paradigm for fighter pilots. As a Vietnam veteran and Phantom F-4 pilot, Col. Gail Peck (call-sign “EVIL”) had been disappointed with the level of training offered to US fighter pilots. He was determined to ensure that US fighter pilots were unbeatable in the air particularly against their Cold War adversaries flying the already legendary MiG fighter jets. Working with the support of General Hoyt S. Vandenberg, Jr., and under conditions of the upmost secrecy the CONSTANT PEG program was launched with Peck as the original “Red Eagle.” This fascinating unknown history was first revealed in Steve Davies’ acclaimed Red Eagles: America’s Secret MiGs but this book is the insider’s perspective complete with never-before published anecdotes and photographs, revealing how Peck battled bureaucracy and skepticism to ultimately establish the premier fighter pilot training center. Along the way Peck explores many of the central questions surrounding the project: why did the combat Air Forces of the USA find themselves in need of a major revision in their approach to air-to-air combat training? How did they secretly build an airfield to clandestinely conduct air-to-air combat training using actual MiGs as the adversary training platforms? What was it like to be a Red Eagle pilot or maintainer and what were the major challenges they faced on a daily basis? What did the USA get out of the program in terms of a return on investment? Was it worth it and where do we go now? Despite operating for a decade no single pilot ever revealed the secret nature of the training until the program was eventually declassified in 2006. Now for the first time we can read about what it felt like to build the airfields, source the MiG aircraft and finally take them to the skies above America itself all in the quest to establish the USAF as the premier fighter jet force the world over.
A Year in the Life of an F-117 Pilot
The F-117 Stealth Nighthawk was a truly groundbreaking aircraft when introduced in the early 1980s. The strange shape of the jet, all flat panels and angles, rendered the aircraft nearly invisible to radar. This highly classified program wasn’t acknowledged publicly by the U.S. Air Force until 1988. The Nighthawk was retired in 2008 after twenty-five years of service, including bombing missions over Panama, Iraq during both Gulf Wars, andYugoslavia during the Kosovo war.
Brad O’Connor flew the Nighthawk during the NATO bombing campaign over Kosovo in 1999. His first-person experience puts the reader in the cockpit of this revolutionary combat aircraft. From his F-117 assignment through training, deployment, mission planning, and combat flights, O’Connor relates the day-to-day life of a pilot in the world’s first stealth fighter.
Golden Age Air Museum
Paul Daugherty ~ Founder, Owner, Pilot and Restorer
Michael Damiani ~ Pilot and Restorer
At the foot of the Blue Mountain ridge in scenic Berks County Pennsylvania, the hands of time have been turned back to the days of Barnstormers. The Golden Age Air Museum is a living museum dedicated to preserving aviation’s golden past, including WW I aircraft.
The Golden Age Air Museum was established in 1997, its mission is to entertain visitors and educate them about the early days of aviation, through its special events and daily operations. The museum offers the chance to explore the past, come and learn how the early aviators flew, what they flew and learn the lost art of early aircraft construction. Craftsmen are continually working on restoring new additions for the collection, this work is done in view of visitors.
Visit with Paul Daugherty and Mike Damiani to learn more about the exciting activities at the Golden Age Air Museum.
Brig Gen (ret) Patrick Halloran
U-2 and SR-71 pilot
Major General Patrick Halloran entered the Air Force in 1949 from his home in Minnesota. He received his wings and commission through the Aviation Cadet program in 1950.
He spent his first 7 years flying F-84 jet fighters from bases in Georgia, Maine, Oklahoma, England, Alaska, Puerto Rico and Japan. He also flew 100 combat missions in the F-84 over North Korea in 1952. In 1956 he was selected in the first group of pilots to fly the new U-2 high altitude reconnaissance aircraft for the Air Force. He flew from overseas operating locations for over 8 years, accumulating over 1600 hours in that plane. He was then selected for the cadre of the new Mach 3 SR-71 Blackbird aircraft that he flew for almost 8 years and in which he accumulated over 600 hours. He was the wing commander when he left that program. He flew missions over Cuba in the U-2 and over Viet Nam in both the U-2 and the SR-71. His next 8 years were spent in command and staff positions in various headquarters, including 3rd Air Division on Guam, 15th AF in California, and Strategic Air Command in Nebraska. His final assignment was in the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in the Pentagon. He retired in 1983 as a Major General, with over 8,000 hours of flying time in the military and 34 years of service. He has been active as a private pilot for many years and has over 12,000 hours of total flying time. He was inducted into the Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame in 2006. He lives in Colorado Springs, owns a Lancair experimental aircraft, and is actively involved in the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA).
Lt Col (ret) Jon “Huggy” Huggins
Executive Director of the Citation Jet Pilots Owner Pilot Association
Lieutenant Colonel Huggins was a U-2 and T-38 Instructor Pilot at Beale AFB until November 2014. He has over 2500 hours in the U-2 and 3800 hours in the T-38. Additionally, he flew the MC-12 reconnaissance aircraft (based on the King Air 350) and logged 109 combat missions in Afghanistan. In total, he flew over 4200 military flights. He was the commander of the Saudi-based U-2 squadron during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is an avid civilian pilot, having flown over 100 types of aircraft, and is currently enjoying a Cirrus SR-22. Huggy is the Executive Director of the Citation Jet Pilots Owner Pilot Association, and is rated in the Cessna 525 series of jets.
Signed Prints – Pilot and Artist Signatures
The Chariot of Nyx
by Kristin Hill
Giclée Print Signed by four SR-71 Pilots and the Artist
The SR-71 Blackbird speeds at Mach 3 and 85,000 feet
This special Artist Proof Signature Limited Edition of only 30 giclée prints is signed by four renowned SR-71 pilots Lt. General William Campbell, Maj. General Patrick Halloran, Colonel Richard Graham and Lt. Colonel Bernard Smith and aviation artist Kristin Hill who experienced a high altitude U-2 flight.
Bill Campbell, Rich Graham, Bernie Smith, Pat Halloran
signing giclée print The Chariot of Nyx by Kristin Hill
Print image size with pilot and artist signatures 14″ x 23″ Purchase Limited Edition Pilot and Artist Signed Print $375
To read more about the signers of The Chariot of Nyx click here
Pacing the Terminator
by Kristin Hill
Giclée Print Signed by 135 U-2 Pilots, 25 Mission Planners and the Artist
The U-2 flies its mission, now approaching 60 years of continuous service
Kristin Hill created her painting Pacing the Terminator following her U-2 flight and additional important research she conducted with assistance from U-2 pilots and support personnel. The painting is part of the 55th anniversary recognition of the U-2 and the service of the supporting U-2 service personnel.
More than 135 U-2 Pilots and 25 Mission Planners signed two Pacing the Terminator U-2 Dragon Lady prints at the U-2 55th Anniversary Reunion. This richly personal recognition of more than five decades of U-2 history includes pilots with solo numbers ranging from 55 to 884. Reproduction giclée prints of the pilot-signed print are available in an artist-signed limited addition of 300 which shows the reproduced U-2 pilot signatures and solo numbers surrounding the image. A plain border print is also available.
Limited Edition giclée print, 24″ x 26″ including signature border
Lt Col Jon Huggins and Kristin Hill with original painting at Air Force Art Presentation 2010.
Purchase Limited Edition giclée print
signed by 135 U-2 pilots and 25 mission planners, and pencil signed by the artist
The First Soars into the Next Century
by Kristin Hill
Original Oil Painting 30″ x 40″ Print Image 18″ x 24″ plus border
Limited Edition Lithograph of 366 prints, of which only these 20 select prints have been hand signed by 1st Reconnaissance Squadron Commanders, U-2 and RQ-4 pilots and the Artist
The 1st Reconnaissance Squadron is the United States military’s oldest flying unit, established as the First Provisional Aero Squadron on 5 March 1913. The squadron has maintained an unbroken heritage from its founding and celebrates its centennial anniversary in 2013. The TU-2S Dragon Lady, T-38 Talon and RQ-4 Global Hawk are currently flown by the 1 RS. The JN-3, Salmson 2A2, B-29, B-47 and SR-71 are five of forty seven airframes flown during its century of service.
1 RS Centennial Painting Unveiling: Kristin Hill, Col Stewart, Lt Col Rodriguez, David Schmall
Original painting The First Soars into the Next Century is presented to the 1st Reconnaissance Squadron
as part of the 1st Aero Squadron Centennial recognition ceremonies.
Purchase Limited Edition Centennial Recognition print, these 20 prints are specially signed by 1st Reconnaissance Squadron Commanders, U-2 and RQ-4 pilots and the Artist. Purchase supports the 1st Reconnaissance Squadron.
Alone with The Forms
by Kristin Hill
Original Oil, to be printed in Limited Edition Lithograph
Preorders can be placed, please inquire with the artist
A U-2 pilot in the PSD transport van pre-breathes oxygen and awaits the walk to his jet for the imminent sortie. Around him a flurry of professional support at every level of flight preparation tightens into a finely straightened line of settled purpose. Now alone, he reviews the final forms for his solitary ten hour mission flight at the edge of the stratosphere.
Kristin Hill specializes in aviation art, concentrating on fine art oil paintings and custom commissions. Her works depict both the man-made aspects of aviation and the natural environment encountered during flight. In the skyscapes and landscapes she paints, the fleeting beauty and power of the skies and environment in which we live are captured for repeated enjoyment.
Kristin draws upon her formal education in fine arts, experiences in a family aviation business and a broad diversity of flight experiences to paint the richness of flight and the skies we explore. Her firsthand research includes flights in the high altitude U-2, contemporary military fighters, refueling and transport aircraft; World War II fighters and bombers; contemporary, antique, corporate, aerobatic and soaring aircraft; hang gliders, balloon and the parachute canopy.
Recognized as an Artist Fellow member of the American Society of Aviation Artists, she has been an artist member since 1987, a president of ASAA and an active participant in the U.S. Air Force Art Program since 1980. More than 250 of her original works are included in museum, corporate, private, foreign and U. S. Air Force collections.
Read about Kristin’s U2 flight experience as an artist in her published article
Amid Reality and Abstraction:
The Painter and the Dragon Lady
“As the heavy canopy was lowered over my helmeted head and I forced the red canopy latch handle into lock position, artist JMW Turner passed fleetingly through my mind. A century and a half earlier, the British painter seized the opportunity to stay above deck on a sailing vessel and observe with his own eyes and being the harsh stormy elements seasoned sailors knew too well. It was now my time to go where the Dragon Lady roams…”
to read the full article click here.