Above is the original pencil drawing concept that I created for the mural in my office in the Fairchild AFB Weapons Storage Area (WSA). The vertical line about 1/3 of the way to the right is where I scotch-taped two pieces of typing paper together to give me the width I needed for the art.

Many changes took place between the concept and the final mural artwork. My original idea was to have the B-1 just lifting off the runway, thus the runway lights and markers still visible in the lower part of the drawing. If you look closely, you can also see where I erased the flaps on the wings that were down for the take off. The wings themselves are swing wings and they are in the extended position here, compared to the swept position in the final cruise aspect used in the mural. I figured that drawing in the landing gear and such would make it more difficult, so I went with the clean configuration. However, I liked the idea of a really low altitude run, so I took a different tack and went way overboard on the weapons aspect of things by having fun (!) with adding cruise missile launches and even a nuclear explosion in the background.

High overhead, you can see another missile launch taking place, and even a Space Shuttle launch, of all things! This was several years before the first launch ever took place. The entire mural is 7-feet tall by 17-feet wide. There was a vertical heating pipe at the 12.5-foot mark, as shown by the line about 2/3rds of the way to the right.

In the end, the only elements kept were the head-on view of the B-1 in flight (with no weapons release!) at cruising altitude, with puffy clouds and the sunburst at the extreme right. Unfortunately, it is not in any of my photographs of the finished artwork.

A section of the completed mural (approximately 5 x 12 feet). The clouds were airbrushed in place with the help of Jim Amador. The entire room was painted the sky blue background shown here, and the cloud deck was airbrushed on all four walls. It was a very cool room to work in after that.