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VansAirForce.net caps and shirts sold out for awhile.
A. The VansAirForce.net Baseball Cap
Good Guys Wear White
Unstructured, no button on top, pre-curved visor and a smooth closure (nothing to protrude into your head). Color 'putty' with an olive underside. The hats are made by ProLineCap.com of Ft. Worth, TX.
As you might already know from reading the
all profits from this and future VansAirForce.net items go to charity.
Where the Caps, Shirts and Jackets Have Been:
(got a photo at a scenic place?)
U.S. Senator James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) ...and Doug Reeves at LOE'12
Gianni Caproni Aviation Museum in northern Italy ...Like Perazzolli in Trento, Italy (background on image)
Bahamas...photo taken by Scott and Deb Mills. Donor cap by Scott Card.
Background info by Scott Card:
67,720 feet up in a U2...photos taken by Stu "Meat" Broce of the 1st Reconnaissance Squadron. ...special thanks to Luke Lokowich (RV-8 Prattville, AL) for helping arrange this. From Luke, "Underspeed bug is set at 105 kts & mach overspeed is at 117. Groundspeed of 428 kts ain't too bad for a jet that overspeeds at 160 KIAS!"
Forbidden City, Beijing China......sent in by D. Allan Stern
On the runway: Inspection Team out and
safing the Orbiter 'Atlantis'...sent in by Doug Drewry
North Pole...sent in by Kyle
Mountaintop Outside of Kabul, Afghanistan in
support of Operation Enduring Freedom
At the 2010 Masters...Jon Crain enjoying Tuesday practice rounds.
Over Baghdad in An EA-6B...Naval Aviator Zach Kirby
Cardiac Electrophysiology Lab...Chris
STS-125 One Day Before Launch
...courtesy Doug Drewry
Leaning Tower of Pisa...Doug Crumrine.
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition SWA Jet...Stan.
Final Resting Place of 'The Red Baron'...Mike
Elliott (RV-8A Fuse).
Mayan City of Chichen Itza in Yucatan, Mexico. Pyramid of Kukulcan...Tom and Bonnie Lewis
The Valley of the Kings (Luxor, Egypt)...Henkjan van der Zouw (RV-10 40355). (maps)
Hoa Lo Prison (Hanoi Hilton)...Paul
Chu Chi tunnels North of Saigon, Vietnam...D Allan Stern
Mission Over Baghdad...Terry
Front Left Seat of the Spruce Goose......courtesy Mike Macon!
Trinity Site...courtesy Mannan
Yukon Territory (Alaska)
VansAirForce.net Cap Sighting...courtesy Craig Young (-9A)
On The Statue Beside The F-14 At
The National Museum of Naval Aviation P-Cola...courtesy Randy
Venice...courtesy Jim Cone
At Phil and Angelica Campbell's Wedding!...Dallas Arboretum 5/31/08. Phil is building a RV-8.
Undisclosed Location...sent in by KC
On Portage Lake, at the foot of Burns
Glacier and Portage Glacier in Girdwood, Alaska.
Yosemite National Park!...courtesy Bryan "Groucho" Duke
Red Square!...courtesy Scott Flandermeyer
at Carnegie Hall
of Big Mountain.!
Wall of China
The Met in
Overcast' Columbus, Ohio
American Air Museum
Duxford / 100th Bomber Group Air Base Thorpe Abbot / UTAH Beach
Spruce Goose /
Titan II Missle
Korean DMZ and USS Blue Ridge
Roman Coliseum ...courtesy Jack and Audrey Wigmore
Brazilian Rain Forest
Kauai and Maui
Puerta Vallarta and Doha, Qatar
Wright Bros. Cycle Shop
Somewhere Over Somewhere (mach .789 and
At The Polo Club
7-mile Bridge (Marathon, FL)
Dan Checkoway Decked out on
|Bruce Ray Goes To Austrlia
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1. Auckland, New Zealand 2. Honolulu 3. Brisbane, Australia 4. Sydney, Australia 5. Gulfstream cockpit
Punta del Este in South America (courtesy Alex DeDominics)
Jack Holland VAF # 414:
Just got home from a cruise in the Bahamas and Key West. A nice perk from a company I do business with. Attached is a photo of me with my VAF tee shirt at the bar on deck # 11 of the "Majesty of the Seas" and a picture looking back at the pools on deck # 11. 12 decks in all, nice boat.
Bill Archer "...your Vans RV sweater made it all the way to Anchorage Alaska with me last weekend. I had a 24 hour layover and the sweater came in handy. This picture was taken inside the Captain Cook Hotel in front of the bust of Captain Cook."
- Bill Archer A-320 Captain for America West soon to be US Airways."
- Don Hull
Here’s a photo of me in my VAF.net Cap and Sweater at Daytona International Speedway prior to the 2006 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. I love my sweater; it’s very comfortable and easy to slip on and off. (D. Cunningham Photo)
- Paul Dye
Nassau Bay, TX
Bruce Sacks (RV-9 flying in a few months) "Here is the shirt and me at the Udvar-Hazy Museum in Washington D.C. I wonder how long before an RV will be displayed at the Smithsonian. I think they have earned their place in our nation's aviation history!"
Lake Murray on for a fly-out Christmas Day lunch and a round of Frisbee Golf with Diana (RV-6A), Martin & Claudia (RV-6), Jim & Janet (RV-8), Tom & Bonnie (Grumman Tiger & 7A in the works) & Phillip & Annie [I think – can’t really remember.. arghhhh] (Zenith).
Just happen to have a picture from my latest vacation.
Sunday, December 4th, Sedona, AZ airport. Sorry for the photo quality, all I had was my phone. Unfortunately my RV-8 is not finished yet, so this visit was via B737 and rent car combo. Hiked a couple of trails while there and definitely plan to return ASAP.
RV-8 still building
I'd like if at all possible to get a few photos of the '06 VAF Cap and Shirt in interesting places and add these to the cap/shirt page. Great Wall, North Pole, Smithsonian, Grand Canyon, Sydney harbor....whatever you got. Get a photo of the cap on your head (or shirt) with something real cool behind you and I'll add it to the site. Thanks if you can help! dr
'Collectable' Nose-art-style shirt
IS SOLD OUT!
(only one production run - new design in a couple of years - only a few left).
(about this shirt / latest sightings)
COLLECTOR SHIRT #1 IS SOLD OUT
- TAKE CARE OF YOURS IF YOU OWN ONE.
"Yet it is not the blatant sexuality of nose art that I've fallen in love with, but rather the nostalgia and romance it represents. More importantly, it honors the crews and missing men who once had an almost inconceivable attachment to a single airplane, so much that they named it, painted a lady on it and revered it as something more than an inanimate piece of metal."
- - Sarah Smiley (columns )
A Little History On The Shirt's Back
How do you combine the look and feel of WWII nose art with the romance of flight and the modern practice of 'surfing the web'? Well, this is Ted Robinson's take on it. Using as a backdrop Al Moore's 1949 'Hawaiian Hula Maiden' (licensed copy purchased) the 2005-2006 VansAirForce.net T-shirt tries to combine all these.
Mr. Moore (b:? - d:1991) was a busy artist from the late 30s to the late 50s, generating advertising, story art and pin-ups. Cover art for The Saturday Evening Post and Collier's and interior work for these and Woman's Home Companion, American Magazine, Woman's Day, McCall's and Cosmopolitan. Ad work for Hertz, Whitman's Chocolates, Ford, Camay, Nash, US Rubber, Coke, Old Gold and Botany. He replaced Vargas and Petty as Esquire's main pin-up artist; calendars for Esquire, Brown and Bigelow. His last illustrations were for Pan Am and the US Olympics. Samples of his work.
The modified graphic at right was created by Ted Robinson, brother of RV-9 builder Gary Robinson. It reflects the nostalgia and romance of the time period surrounding WWII aviation: the youth, the passions, the confidence and desires of the men piloting America's bombers and fighters into harm's way. To many, the artwork depicted on their aircraft represented the very thing they were fighting for - their girlfriends and wives. Read the sidebar at right...
Fast forward to 2006 and some will say this isn't the most politically correct image to use. I don't. Flip through the standard channels on your TV during dinner if you want to see something more risqué. If anyone's political correctness is piqued, however, my apologies.
I hope you enjoy the shirt and get a chance to both 'Surf (the web) & Fly (your RV)'.
(related: Politically Incorrect But Inspiring Nose Art by Sarah Smiley and Google 'Bomber Nose Art')
About the front image:
This was submitted by RV-7 builder Brad Oliver. His web site is www.RV7Factory.com. The red in Brad's image was changed to blue at the last minute, as it was going to be rendered nearly invisible due to the shirt's color (done with Brad's blessing).
|Front image (6" across)||Back Image (12" across):|
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|The color of the shirt is very close to
and sorta resembles a faded red shop rag.
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