This illustrated, large-format book presents the U.S. Air Force Art Program's depiction of the Air Force across the service's history, starting with the birth of U.S. military aviation under the auspices of the Army. It interweaves the story of the Art Program, including features on artists and their thoughts on significant works, with the history of the birth and growth of the Air Force itself. The volume includes a foreword by Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, the current Air Force Chief of Staff, who calls the book a "celebration" that records "how the connection between Airmen and artists began, how this relationship evolved, and how artists have documented Air Force operations over the decades." This publication would make a great coffee table book.
The author, Dr. Timothy R. Keck, spent his career in the Air Force History program and championed the Air Force Art Program while serving as command historian of Pacific Air Forces. He retired as the Air Force senior historian in 2012.
This historic art reference work may appeaal to current airmen, veterans, and members of the general public with an interest in the history of air power, particularly as it is portrayed in Air Force. Additionally, art students and libraries with art history and military collections may also be interested in this work.
A suitable companion work published by the United States Army includes the following:
In the Line of Duty: Army Art, 1965-2014 can be found at this link: https://bookstore.gpo.gov/products/sku/008-029-00579-4
Other products published by the United States Air Force can be found at this link: https://bookstore.gpo.gov/agency/888
Keywords: Art History; United States Air Force; USAF; Air Force History; air force history; united states air force art history; u.s. air force; U.S. Air Force; aviation; military aviation; united states air force; usaf; usaf history; usaf art history;
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- Defense Dept., Air Force, Air Force History and Museums Program; and Air Force Art Program
- Keck, Timothy R.Dawson, Lori A.
- 2015: 355 p.; ill.
- Although this title does not have and 008-070 stock number stem, it is an Air Force publicaiton. Preliminary title was: Air Force Art Book.
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- Air ForceArtAir Force HistoryMagnificent ShowcaseHistory, Heritage, and Art: The United States Air Force and the Air Force Art Program
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- 7.8125 lb.
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