Hobbs Army Air Field B-17 Project
on the Plains"
by Brian Norwood
Installation of "Fortress on the Plains" at
Hobbs Industrial Air Park is now complete.
Congratulations to the artist, Brian Norwood on
a successful conclusion to many, many months of hard work!
The reverse of the sculpture showing the heavy
required to support it.
A life-size metal silhouette honoring the men, women
and aircraft of World War II, the sculpture shown in
the artist's conception above depicts the world famous
Boeing B-17 “Flying Fortress” along with support
personnel, air and ground crews. This
one-of-a-kind aviation sculpture by Lea County artist
Brian Norwood has been installed at the Hobbs
Industrial Air Park in Hobbs, New Mexico—site of the
former Hobbs Army Air Field. From 1942 to 1946,
HAAF served as a transitional training base where
pilots learned to fly four-engine bombers, chief among
them the B-17.
With the backhoe holding the 4,000 pound piece of metal in
the site installation of "Fortress on the Plains" is
shown below, as it began to take shape on August 8,
2008. The silhouettes in the photo below may look
like people working on the installation, but they are
actually part of the sculpture itself, symbolizing the
hundreds of men and women who worked together at Hobbs
Army Air Field during its heyday.
work begins to attach it to the frame at the installation site.
Above, the large metal piece representing the fuselage of the
is loaded onto a trailer for transport to the site.
The frame that supports the sculpture is made of 6-inch
Norwood is shown below at work on "Fortress on the
Plains". The size of the sculpture requires the
work to be done inside an airplane hangar. He
begins with massive sheets of quarter-inch thick steel
measuring 10 feet by 40 feet and weighing 4,800
pounds. With the shapes that comprise the plane
and people complete, he is ready to begin construction
on the supporting framework.
Thank you to Brian and to all
who have supported his project for
honoring our World War II veterans!
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