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First Rollout of the Enterprise

...Mort Künstler painted the First Rollout of the Enterprise? It was the first painting of the major commission from Rockwell International and NASA to record the development, launch and touchdown of the first Space Shuttle, Columbia.

On September 17, 1976, the test Space Shuttle Enterprise was first rolled out of its hangar in Palmdale, California. In Künstler’s words, “After I received the commission to document the Space Shuttle, I became totally involved in the program and saw the hangar at Palmdale and the Enterprise up close. This painting is a reconstruction of the rollout; I did not witness the actual event. After seeing many photographs taken on that historic day, however, I noticed that none had been taken from inside the hangar, and immediately decided upon that as the perspective of my painting.”

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...Mort Künstler did this cover painting for Los Conquistadores?

...Mort Künstler did this drawing of a Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton for Dinosaur Story?

...Mort Künstler painted this picture of German counterfeiters during World War II?

...Mort Künstler painted this threshing scene in 1974?

...Mort Künstler did this painting of Jack Dempsey?

...Mort Künstler illustrated The Field and Stream Guide to Upland Game Birds, by Clare Cloney?

...Mort did this illustration for Newsweek of the arraignment of Patty Hearst?

...Mort Künstler painted the First Rollout of the Enterprise? It was the first painting of the major commission from Rockwell International and NASA to record the development, launch and touchdown of the first Space Shuttle, Columbia.

...the cover painting for the Doc Savage book Brand of the Werewolf was painted by Mort Künstler?

...Mort Künstler painted the box cover art for Aurora of the Blue Knight?

...Mort Künstler painted this cover for Lucinda Marries the Doctor by Elizabeth Seifert? This was just one of the many covers he did for Elizabeth Seifert’s “Doctor” series.

...Governor James Gilmore declared March 18, 1999 Mort Kunstler Day in the Commonwealth of Virginia?

...Mort Künstler painted this jaguar and cub in 1974?

...Mort Künstler did the painting for this April 1964 cover of Boy’s Life?

...Mort Künstler did three paintings for the movie The Taking of Pelham 123?

...Mort Künstler did his first military drawing at the age of seven?

...Blind Date by Berta Ruck was one of the first book jackets Mort Künstler did - fresh out of art school?

...Mort Künstler did many paintings of the war in Vietnam?

...Mort Künstler did this painting for the advertising campaign for Bacchus, the after-shave?

...Mort Künstler painted this watercolor of Lindbergh’s famous first flight across the Atlantic?

...Mort Künstler painted the cover for Trail Smoke by Ernest Haycox?

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