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Craig Kodera - GREEN LIGHT - JUMP! -  LIMITED EDITION PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop

          GREEN LIGHT - JUMP!
by Craig Kodera

Original Retail Price $145.00
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Limited Edition of: 650
Image Size: 32 1/2"w x 16 3/16"h.
Published: February 1990

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It is 12:30 a.m. on D-Day, June 6, 1944. By the light of a full moon, C-47s from the 89th troop carrier squadron, 438th troop carrier group, pass swiftly over the Normandy countryside. These aircraft are among a total of 850 C-47s taking over 15,000 troops to enact the initial assault in the D-Day invasion.

General Dwight E. Eisenhower declared the Douglas C-47 one of the few pieces of equipment "vital to our success in Africa and Europe." The aircraft itself, however, would have meant nothing without the fearless airborne forces, who at the signal "Green light, Jump!" parachuted into battle.

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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