HUDSON NOSE ART
by Peter Shute
Portrait of the artist as a young
OH GOOD GRIEF
adorns the nose of VH-AGX at Townsville in July 1969. Prior to applying
the artwork with a texta pen, Peter had cleaned the oxidised paint from a section
of skin. This may create the illusion that the artwork was a temporary fixture
but it was applied directly to the aeroplane.
Featherington - Kite
Open basket-weave flying machine for Gentlemen Mk II
|Peter painted this inscription
on the nose of VH-AGS with DCA runway paint one morning during several
non-flying days at Coen in July 1970. Apparently it was short-lived as it was
removed when the aircraft returned to Sydney. Brian Costello recalls that: "Jack
McDonald was not too pleased but we had polished the whole aircraft with Turtle
Wax which went some way toward atonement."
The above artwork was drawn by Peter more than thirty years after it was first
applied to the aeroplane. Click here
to view the only known photograph of the original artwork on VH-AGS.
All photographs and artwork by Peter