"F-16 Fighting Falcon"
|When I began working as a Technical Illustrator for Hamilton Sundstrand Aerospace Corporation in 1987, one of my tasks was to learn the new InterCap computer aided design (CAD) software system. I had taken college courses to learn basic CAD, and drew side profiles of jet aircraft as part of my class assignments; however, my airplane drawings became too complex and crashed the professor’s computer system. The CAD software I was learning at Hamilton Sundstrand was a new, powerful tool, which, along with other CAD systems, was moving technical illustrators away from the drafting table to the computer, and did so in a short amount of time.|
Original Illustration 10" x 8" - Computerized Vector Art
|I wanted to become more proficient with the new InterCap CAD software, so during my lunch break, I started drawing a cut-away of the F-16 Fighting Falcon. Besides making auxiliary power units for commercial and military aircraft, Hamilton Sundstrand makes the Jet Fuel Starter (JFS) for the F-16, (specifications) so it was a good subject to draw. It was a great learning experience, and proved not only beneficial in teaching me more about the InterCap software, but the F-16 computer drawing later became a full size rough draft for the six foot long F-16 Fighting Flacon that was painted as part of a 28 foot long mural. The mural is on display in the cafeteria at Hamilton Sundstrand Power Systems in San Diego, California.|