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" Misty Mission " a commissioned work  for a book.
"Misty  Mission"

Neil Aird  ©  2003

The 243rd and 230th de Havilland Canada L-20 Beaver utility aircraft
from the Downsview production line,
United States Army tail numbers  51-6789 and 51-6783,
break formation and head in different directions
in the early morning sunlight
over South Korea in 1952.

 Acrylic on canvas  24" x 18"

This painting was commissioned for a book
 " Canadian Airmen and Airwomen in the Korean War"
 by Carl Mills.
This painting has since been donated to
Toronto Aerospace Museum, Downsview,
and proudly hdisplayed in the very hangar
where the Beavers were actually assembled !

Note: The Museum was forced to vacate the historic property, and items are now in storage awaiting a new venue at Toronto International Airport.

A comment was received from a retired Army aviator in the southern United States, made my efforts worthwhile, after all this scene was from my imagination!

Dear Neil:  

Greetings and thank you for the message.  Congratulations are in order for the beautifully done painting and the fact that it will be displayed in a place of honor at the Toronto Aerospace Museum.  In my opinion, you captured the right feeling and it brought back memories of years past,when I was young, flying the US Army L-20 Beaver in "The Land of the Morning Calm", years 1951 to 1952.  


Warm regards.   Colonel(R) Carlos E. Urrutia