Academic journal article Naval War College Review

The Art of William S. Phillips: The Glory of Flight

Academic journal article Naval War College Review

The Art of William S. Phillips: The Glory of Flight

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Parks, Edwards. The Art of William S. Phillips: The Glory of Flight. Shelton, Conn.: The Greenwich Workshop, 1994.172pp. $60

Experienced Review readers will probably remember our Winter 1994 cover, the USS Kitty Hawk flying F-14s at sunset (on page 166): "That can't be a painting!" But it was, and here is a whole book of the work of its artist, William S. Phillips, who specializes in aviation. Throughout the book, and especially in the introduction by Stephen Coonts, one can find reasons why the paintings are so authentic and evocative. First, Phillips has not only done the research but has probably actually been there-in the aircraft (or at least replicas), on the ships, in the settings. Second, it seems that he truly sees what is before him; writes Coonts, he wants "to know how this airplane looked." Most of the paintings in The Glory of Flight are of military aircraft, of all vintages; the plurality, perhaps, are of World War II, and with a good many from Vietnam (where Phillips served in 1965-1966 in the Air Force). …

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