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
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. We had to wait
another twenty years for a photograph of the Featherington-Kite
artwork to appear. The above photograph of VH-AGS was taken
by Brian Costello, presumably at Coen in 1970.
All artwork by Peter
Photographs by Peter Shute and Brian Costello.
a photograph of the Featherington-Kite artwork on
VH-AGS thanks to Mike Costello.