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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Captain Mike Challgren

Aviation Artist


I recently connected to an aviation artist, Mike Challgren who is making incredible sculptures. A captain of a different kind, who builds planes instead of flying them. Mike started out in Burbank as an airport policeman, then became a captain, and quickly developed a love for aviation.


 

"I was captured by the aircraft, the stories, the pilots, the history, the industry. I met a lot of aviation people and loved every minute of my airport day. I listened to stories from pilots, even test pilots. I had a morning conversation with stunt pilot Frank Tallman – “Flying the Old Planes”, an aviation great."

 
 

"I met Tony LaVier, Lockheed P38 test pilot. Later, I moved to the Airport Maintenance Division. My love for aviation grew as I studied the FAR’s and Advisory Circulars and managed to make the airport a safer place. I was present as the SR 71 made 3 low passes over R/W 15 at BUR, the last pass with the after-burners lit. Awesome! My story continued as I travelled to several airports doing construction work for the airlines and became a frequent flyer."


 
"Early on, I transferred one of my unique talents to the aviation world. I have the ability to make anything you can think of out of welding rod. I made my first aircraft, a Falcon 20, and then my second, a DC-3, then a B 727 – which I sold, to a PSA Captain. He loved it and had me make several more for his friends. That’s how I started."
 
 
 
"The quality of my work has grown with the quality of the real aircraft. Grumman Gulfstream aircraft are my specialty. I have done ‘fleets’ of G550’s, and lately G650’s. You can see an unfinished G650 on my profile page."
 

Please take a moment to check out Mike's website at WireSculptor to see more samples of his work. He tells me he is able to produce an accurate rendition of any aircraft.  
 
Which one do you want?
 
 
"My sculptures are very attractive and valued by people who have received them. I fix the wire model to a welding rod base so it sits securely on a desk or a shelf. I can also personalize each sculpture with special requests ie; N#, make and type of aircraft, a person’s name, flying status, business card holder etc."


His work looks pretty awesome. I know I will be connecting to get a plane of my own. Now I just need to decide which one. Which plane do you want?

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene

12 comments:

  1. Hi Karlene. Heavens, YES, Captain Challgren's work is beautiful. As for you choice, perhaps that choice should deferred until you acquire your own 'light' single or twin Maybe? Best wishes, -Craig

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    1. Craig, these are gorgeous aren't they! Yes... I will have one made of my addition to the family soon. Now we just need the plane. I'm still looking. I believe once we open our eyes, the answers will come.

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  2. Oh! Nice! Very talented! I like all of them!

    Must visit his website for more info.


    Great post, Karlene!

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    1. Thanks Alex, I love them all too! He is very talented. I'm thinking that we need to get these in Aviation Universe! :)

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    2. I think that's a brilliant idea! If I had an office (by the way, I'm jealous of yours), I would definitely put a Concorde stand like his. :P

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    3. Thank you. This week my office is a playroom. I have a Lego table, stuffed animals, a toy box and lots of kids books. :)

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    4. Aw... Pictures to come? :)

      I want to play with your mounted-aircraft collection. Must be careful not to commit a burglary.

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    5. Yes... they are. lol. Before and After. :) And I love my planes. The stories behind them are awesome, too.

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  3. I LOVE Mike's work...He is incredibly talented. His passion shines in all of his pieces. He's a good big brother, too. ;)

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    1. Ahhh... And you are a wonderful sister too! How luck for you both to have and support each other.

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  4. Mike is very talented. He can also create anything else you desire.... he created, designed and built some golf bag holders for the golf course where I work. He is a good big brother too.








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    1. Hey Little brother, this is great news. I'm going to think of something very cool to have him make. Actually... I know exactly what it is. Thanks so much!

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