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Craig Kodera - THE A TEAM: AIR FORCE RESERVE AND AIR -  LIMITED EDITION PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop

by Craig Kodera

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Limited Edition of: 850
Image Size: 28"w x 28"h.
Published: September 1986

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The Air Reserve Forces, comprised of the Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard, account for better than fifty percent of the total flying sorties conducted by the Air Force as a whole.

The Reserve Forces used to be known as the "Hand-me-down Roses" of the Department of the Air Force. This painting was done to emphasize the fact that since 1974, with the enactment of the "Total Force Concept" these forces have been receiving brand new, state of the air aircraft.

The painting depicts the newest Reserve/ANG aircraft in the inventory; F-16s from the Hill unit and ANG F-16s from the 169th Tac Fighter Group at McEntire ANG Base, South Carolina. Also center stage is the McDonnell Douglas KC-10 Extender. The KC-10 is the most effective tool the Air Force has to implement Strategic Power and project the U.S. force around the world. Capable of 13 hour flights while refueling fighters, the range of the Extender is unsurpassed.

"The painting shows a KC-10 from the Reserve's outstanding unit for the past 5 years, the 452nd Air Refueling Wing, at March AFB, California. This is an

associate unit, not owning the aircraft but providing reserve crews to man the airplanes. The artist is an Aircraft Commander on this airplane, belonging to the 79th Air Refueling Squadron. We see the moment when the F-16 is just about to make contact with the boom and start taking fuel. The KC-10 has started a slight left turn and the formation is at just that moment when the tanker is turning into it."

Craig Kodera
Aviation is this artistís living. Painting is a joy and a choice; not his career. Craig Kodera career is as an airline pilot, so each of his paintings reflect an intimate knowledge of how it feels to fly and what it looks like out the cockpit. "I paint what I see," he says,"and my office window is at 35,000 feet." An appreciation of aviation came easy, since Kodera was raised in what he terms an "aviation family," which included an uncle who flew with the famous Doolittle Raiders during World War II. At an age when most teens were trying to ace the driverís test, Kodera had earned his private pilotís license. A love of painting also came early. Kodera started seriously studying it at fourteen. He graduated from UCLA with a degree in mass communications and spent a year as a commercial artist before joining the Air Force Reserve, where he was assigned to the Air Rescue Service and then the Strategic Air Command. There his knowledge of air war history grew while he logged literally thousands of hours flying. Eventually Kodera left the service and joined American Airlines. When he isnít flying, heís usually painting. His artwork is part of the Smithsonian Institutionís National Air and Space Museum permanent collection and hangs in many museums. He is also the charter vice president of the American Society of Aviation Artists, a member of the Air Force Art Program and serves with the Los Angeles Society of Illustrators.


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