National Geographic : 1960 May
OIL BY LOUIS S. GLANZMAN© NATIONALGEOGRAPHICSOCIETY Ready to Scramble on Instant Notice, an F-86 Pilot Reads Beneath His Umbrella There was a shooting war in Indochina when artist Louis S. Glanz man went to Japan in September, 1954. Pilots sat in their planes during 24-hour alerts against possible Red Chinese action in Korea or the Formosa Strait. "This man raised his umbrella," Mr. Glanzman observed, "as much for protection against the burning sun as against the rain that comes and goes during typhoon season. Closing the canopy would have meant no ventilation and more sweating. "The umbrella was such a good idea and so typical of our guys that a picture just naturally followed. The incongruity of an um brella over such a powerful piece of machinery shows how human we are, after all. And the mechanics working on the engine reveal how necessary the human mind and hand are in piecing together our mechanical masterpieces." Mr. Glanzman inscribed the word "Buck" on the plane in com memoration of his World War II days in the United States Army Air Corps, where he was known as Buck. Three planes in the stormy sky billow smoky exhaust plumes. Black-and-white-striped cart at right ignites the jet engine. If the call-"Scramble!"-came over the phone in the field alert shack, the pilot would toss umbrella and book to the crew chief and thunder away as if pulled by a magnet.