Aeroplane Monthly 1986-10
Photographs of a B-17E nose section I took in Chino, California, USA, formed the starting point for this painting. I rearranged the tracery slightly to resemble a B-17B, and then added the much later G model chin and top turrets for the full Christmas tree effect. I intended to paint rivets all over Jane to suggest she had just stepped down from The Outlaw (four are still discernible in her hair). However, I was so pleased with the way the picture was developing, I dared not take the risk of ruining it for the sake of the original idea. Since completing the work in 1979 I discovered that there was a B-29 called The Outlaw flying with the 19th Bomb Group, 5th Air Force in Korea in 1950 with Miss Russell depicted on its side. Philip Castle