Client: David Wakefield, Wakefield Companies LLC
Location: Mesa, AZ, United States
Completion date: 2021
Artwork budget: $90,000
Lyle teamed up with noted Arizona artist Jeff Zischke created a ghost like representation of the long lived T-6 Texan training aircraft for a new jet hanger complex at Falcon Field airport in Mesa Arizona. The all stainless steel piece celebrates the training received at Falcon Field in the T-6 by British RAF pilots during World War II, and was installed in June 2021.
The developer Davcon Companies LLC specializes in aviation properties and was tasked by the Falcon Field Airport and the City of Mesa with commemorating the history of the airport. We decided that the best approach was to create an abstraction or iconic representation of the AT-6 Texan training aircraft which was the training aircraft for hundreds of Royal Air Force pilots during their primary training at Falcon Field beginning in 1941 and continuing through 1944.
Dave Wakefield, principal of Davcon Companies LLC approached us by asking if we would interested in creating a concept sculpture at the entry of his company's Mesa Hangers project- a large state of the art hanger complex on the Falcon Field Airport. Together, despite the interruptions due to the Covid pandemic we crafted a concept and created a sculpture to celebrate one of the longest lasting US military trainers in which countless pilots have trained.