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Don Connolly

Liane and Don Connolly

Don was a major proponent in the founding of the CAAA and has served several years as president and then another five as editor of the CAAA newsletter, AerialViews. Liane has also been an active member and supporter of the CAAA since its inception and served ably for many years as the CAAA Treasurer.

Don specializes in capturing aviation history on canvas and extensively researches his paintings to ensure accuracy. He is a a former RCAF navigator and is recognized for his expertise in both aviation art and history. He describes himself as "an aviation nut who paints".

Don's work is widely distributed and can be found in many museums, such as the Canada Aviation Museum, the Canada War Museum, the British Columbia Aviation Museum, the RCAF Museum and the USN Aviation Museum.

 
Second Wind - CF-5 fighters of the RCAF refuel from a CC-137 tanker aircraft - by Don Connolly

 

 

Second Wind
by Don Connolly

CF-5 fighters of the RCAF refuel from a CC-137 tanker aircraft.

20 x 60 inches, Acrylic on Board
1985
Private Collection

Sabres Supreme - Canadair Sabres 'dice' with RAF Meteors over Europe in the 1950's - by Don Connolly

 

 

Sabres Supreme
by Don Connolly

Two Canadair Sabres 'dice' with RAF Meteors over Europe in the 1950's. This painting was done for a print publisher in 1991. Completed in 1985 - private collection

30 x 40 inches Acrylic on Board
1985
Private Collection

 

 

Training Flight Over Quebec City - CC-109 Cosmopolitan - by Don Connolly

 

 

Training Flight Over Quebec City
by Don Connolly

A CC-106 Cosmopolitan on a training mission. Commissioned in 2003

24 x 36 inches, Acrylic on Board
2003

 

 

9th Air Force Martin Marauders Roll Out - by Don Connolly

 

 

9th Air Force Martin Marauders Roll Out
by Don Connolly

 

 

 

 

A Flight of FE.8 Fighters - WW I - by Don Connolly

 

 

A Flight of FE.8 Fighters
by Don Connolly

 

 

Loudon Watkins MC - Canadian pilot Loudon Watkins, flying a Be12, brings down Zeppelin L48 just before daybreak, over the Wash, England in 1917 - by Don Connolly

 

 

Loudon Watkins MC
by Don Connolly

Canadian pilot Loudon Watkins, flying a Be12, brings down Zeppelin L48 just before daybreak, over the Wash, England in 1917.

20 x 39 inches, Acrylic

 

 

Elementary Moth - deHavilland Tiger Moth elementary trainer - British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP) of WW2 - by Don Connolly

 

 

Elementary Moth
by Don Connolly

A deHavilland Tiger Moth elementary trainer , operating from a Canadian airfield as part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP) of WW2.

16 x 20 inches, Acrylic

 

 

BCATP Harvard - North American Harvard advanced pilot training aircraft - British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP) of WW2 - by Don Connolly

 

 

BCATP Harvard
by Don Connolly

A North American Harvard aircraft, used for advanced pilot training in the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP).

36 x 48 inches acrylic

 

 

Lake Bound - Fleet Canuck elementary trainer crossing the Lasalle Causeway - by Don Connolly

 

 

Lake Bound
by Don Connolly

A Fleet Canuck elementary trainer is shown crossing the Lasalle Causeway at Kingston, Ontario ca. 1949, heading towards Lake Ontario.

31 x 35 inches acrylic

 

 

Just Enough Lake - Bellanca floatplane - by Don Connolly

 

 

Just Enough Lake
by Don Connolly

A Bellanca floatplane takes off with just enough runway provided by a lake in the Canadian hinterland during the interwar period.

 

 

Lucky Break  - Bellanca floatplane - by Don Connolly

 

 

Lucky Break
by Don Connolly

A Bellanca floatplane descends for a lake landing in the Canadian hinterland through a 'lucky break' in heavy overcast.

 

 

Paulhan at Rheims - Louis Paulhan flying a Voisin in the distance competition at the first great international aviation meet in 1909 at Rheims, France - by Don Connolly

 

 

Paulhan at Rheims
by Don Connolly

Flying a Voisin in the distance competition at the first great international aviation meet in 1909 at Rheims, France, Louis Paulhan crosses the finish line as rainbows appear beyond. (He placed third).

15 x 28 Inches, Acrylic

 

 

Atlases Over Trenton - Armstrong Whitworth Atlases of #2 Army Co-operation Squadron, RCAF over Trenton, Ontario - circa 1937 - by Don Connolly

 

 

Atlases Over Trenton
by Don Connolly

Armstrong Whitworth Atlases of #2 Army Co-operation Squadron, RCAF over Trenton, Ontario circa 1937, with message snatch hooks underneath.

18 x 24 inches, Acrylic on Board
1985
(Collection of the Artist)

 

 

Bad Day for 'Arry Tate - Fokker Dr.I Triplanes attacking R.E.8 reconnaissance aircraft - by Don Connolly

 

 

Bad Day for 'Arry Tate
by Don Connolly

Fokker Dr.I Triplanes attacking R.E.8 reconnaissance aircraft.

 

 

At the Lido - 1927 - British entry in the 1927 Schneider trophy competition - by Don Connolly

 

 

At the Lido - 1927
by Don Connolly

One of the British entries in the 1927 Schneider trophy competition flies down the Lido beachfront at Venice at full throttle during the event.

18 x 27 inches, Acrylic

 

 

RCN Banshee Missile Shoot at Yeovilton - by Don Connolly

 

 

RCN Banshee Missile Shoot at Yeovilton
by Don Connolly

 

 

Return to Etah - Loening OA2 amphibians are led over the Davis Strait by Richard Byrd on their return to their base at Etah, Greenland, 1925 - by Don Connolly

 

 

Return to Etah
by Don Connolly

Seen over the Davis Strait on return to their base at Etah, Greenland, Loening OA2 amphibians are led by Richard Byrd. This 1925 flight was Byrd's first aerial venture into polar regions.

21 x 36 inches, Oil

 

 

Battle Break - CF-18 Hornets - by Don Connolly

 

 

Battle Break
by Don Connolly

A flight of four CF-18 fighters initiates a classic "Battle Break" maneuver prior to landing.

27 x 36 Inches, Acrylic

 

 

Welcoming Party - CF-18 escort greets the new Canadian Forces strategic airlift C-177 Globemaster on its arrival - by Don Connolly

 

 

Welcoming Party
by Don Connolly

A CF-18 escort greets the new Canadian Forces strategic airlift C-177 Globemaster on its arrival.

24 x 36 Inches, Acrylic

 

 

Mission Accomplished - Boeing Vertol CH-113 Labrador Search and Rescue SAR Helicopter - by Don Connolly

 

 

Mission Accomplished
by Don Connolly

This commissioned painting was done to be used as part of the commemoration of the retirement of the Canadian Forces Labrador helicopter fleet in 2004.

22 x 27 Inches, Acrylic on Board
(Collection of Boeing/Vertol)

 

 

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