The U.S. Navy Test Pilot School, located at Patuxent River, Maryland, has a rich heritage, and through its halls have walked some of history’s most notable figures in the fields of Air and Space. Early in 1945, an informal 3-month Test Pilot’s training program was initiated, which evolved into a formal 6-month program Training Division by 1948. By the late ‘50s, it was officially designated the U.S. Navy Test Pilot School, and its program lengthened to 8 months. Over the years, USNTPS would go on to train experienced pilots, flight officers and engineers to become Test pilots, Test Officers and Test Engineers. All U.S. military services, including the U.S. Coast Guard, NASA, FAA, industry, and numerous foreign countries send personnel to the school. To date, the members of well over 100 classes have graduated. They have played and continue to play major roles in all aspects of test flying in the aviation industry.
In 1995, USNTPS commissioned John Shaw to paint Thunder Over the Patuxent to commemorate their Golden Anniversary. In this scene, three types of aircraft which they felt best represented their 50-year history, ranging from a post-war F4U Corsair, to the F4 Phantom, to the FA/18 Hornet, all in original USNTPS colors.
THE ARTIST SIGNED EDITION
Each print has been signed by the artist John Shaw.
THE MAIN EDITION
This edition was signed at the 50th Anniversary USNTP reunion by the following Mercury astronauts who graduated from the Navy Test Pilot School.
Captain WALTER “WALLY” SCHIRRA
Commander SCOTT CARPENTER
Rear Admiral ALAN SHEPARD Jr.
Colonel JOHN GLENN Jr.
It was further signed by the following highly distinguished men of the USNTPS:
Vice Admiral JAMES STOCKDALE Medal of Honor
Lieutenant SCOTT CROSSFIELD
Captain SYDNEY SHERBY
Colonel BRYAN O’CONNOR
Captain JOHN KEILTY
THE GICLÉE PROOFS ON CANVAS
Using the most sophisticated digital Giclée technology, each Canvas Proof is printed directly on to fine canvas creating the look and feel of an original painting.
The Canvas Giclee Edition is available in two different sizes: 40″ x 27″ and 42″ x 29″