100 Years of American Air Power - Breguet 14 to SR-71 Blackbird - Relics Display
This display reveals the incredible advancement of American aviation technology in a mere 100 years - from the World War I Breguet 14 to the Mach 3+ SR-71 Blackbird - from doped linen skin to titanium alloy skin.
This handmade creation, by artist Ron Cole, combines an authenticated swatch of original doped linen cut from the wing of an American (AEF) Breguet 14, and a cut fragment of titanium alloy skin from the fuselage of a USAF SR-71 Blackbird, with Ron's original artwork of both aircraft in flight. All are presented in a polished black frame (12 x 18 inches), under glass, ready to hang. Each display signed & numbered by the artist.
The square of Blackbird titanium is from the outer skin of SR-71A serial number 61-7970, nicknamed 'Super Skater', which crashed after an accident on June 17th, 1970 (no fatalities).
The matched square of AEF fabric was cut from the lower underside wing of a Breguet 14 B2 that crashed at Clermont Ferrand, France c. 1918.