B25 haeder
Gerhard Barkhorn's Bf109G-6
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Walter Nowotny's Fw190
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Walter Nowotny's Fw190
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with pilot’s signature
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Fw190 signed
P-38 Lightning
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P38 Lightning
P-38 Airacobra
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P39 Airacobra
P-40 Warhawk
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P40 KittyHawk
P-51 Mustang
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P51 Mustang
Burt Avedon's F4U4
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F4U4 Corsair
B-25 Mitchell
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B25 Mitchell
B-26 Marauder
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Mike Lynch Graphic Designer & Illustrator

When he was in high school, Mike discovered he had a real gift for drawing and creating three-dimensional art forms. Even so, he planned on pursuing an engineering career. Ten years later, however, he shifted to a career in art. After graduating from Colorado Institute of Art, Mike moved to Dallas and worked as a Graphic Designer for one of the largest systems and financial application software companies, UCC/UCCEL Corporation. Seven years later, after a brief stint at General Dynamics illustrating F16s, Mike started his own graphic design company, MWL Design, Inc. During this time, influenced by aviation artists like Keith Ferris and Frank Wootton, he created his first World War II aircraft pencil illustration.

Illustrations during this period typically depicted colored aircraft in flight without the pilot. But Mike wanted to take his aviation illustrations to the next level. He envisioned the WWII pilots as “latter day gladiators,” and felt it was important to show the pilot with his aircraft. To maintain the nostalgic look and feel of 1940s photography, Mike created highly-detailed black and white pencil illustrations. Over the years, Mike’s aircraft illustrations have been a great source of enjoyment for him, and include commissioned projects for the 386th B-26 Marauder “Son of Satan” crew. Original art was donated to the Colorado Air Force Academy and Corsair pilot Burt Avedon (who flew in the Marianas turkey shoot). Prints of Mike’s aircraft illustrations have also been marketed at local air shows such as those organized by the Confederate Air Force.

As a gamer and virtual online pilot, Mike has created numerous aircraft nose art illustrations and aircraft skins for his fellow virtual pilots which you can view below on this website.

Mike is also an avid scuba diver and has created many stunning underwater scuba illustrations using airbrush and electronic media. You can view his commercial portfolio samples at his business website, http://www.mwldesigninc.com. Additional samples and referrals are also available on his Facebook and LinkedIn pages from his website.

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Gerhard "Gerd" Barkhorn (20 March 1919 – 8 January 1983) was the second most successful fighter ace of all time after fellow Luftwaffe pilot and friend Erich Hartmann. Barkhorn flew 1,104 combat sorties and was credited with 301 victories on the Eastern Front against the Soviet Red Air Force piloting the Messerschmitt Bf 109 and Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-9. He flew with the famed Jagdgeschwader 52. He was known as the “Knight of the Russian Front” for his unwavering honor and chivalry. In at least one famous incident, he pulled alongside a Soviet plane he’d just shot up and crippled, motioned the enemy pilot to jump and held his fire while he did. Witnessing the whole thing, Hartmann asked why. Gerd, who married Christl in 1943 (their daughter Ursula was born the following year), told him: “Bubi, you must remember that one day that Russian pilot was the baby son of a beautiful Russian girl. He has his right to life and love the same as we do.” Barkhorn survived the war and in 1962 was flying Lockheed F-104G, as Colonel commanding JaBoG 31 “Boelcke”. Barkhorn retired in 1975. In 1983 he and his beloved Christl where killed in an auto accident. He has been remembered as the fighter commander of whom every fighter pilot dreams—leader, friend, comrade, father—the best I ever met,” declared Erich Hartmann, “...one of the few commanders whose men thirty, forty, fifty years later, continue to speak of him with respect and affection. Gerd Barkhorn was an unforgettable man.”
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