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"Air Canada Airbus A330"

"From Sabre to Raptor"  by Mike Machat
"From Sabre to Raptor"

"High Noon at Kimpo" by Mike Machat
"High Noon at Kimpo"
Signed by Pilots
William A. Hudson and
Carl S. Fraser



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Mike Machat

Mike Machat has been fascinated with airplanes since early childhood. Mike spent countless weekends sketching and photographing planes at New York area airports. As a teenager, he traded his artwork for rides in all types of aircraft, and eventually earned both his private and commercial pilot licenses in exchange for his aviation art.

After completing foundation art studies at Pratt Institute in New York, Mike served in the U.S. Air Force as a technical illustrator and then relocated in California. Earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts from California State University at Long Beach, he joined Douglas Aircraft Company serving as a staff illustrator for seven years before leaving the firm in 1984 to establish his own aviation art studio.

Mike was elected first president of the American Society of Aviation Artists and is past president of the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles. An active participant in the U.S. Air Force Documentary Art Program since 1978, he has 21 original works in the collection. Mike's artwork has also won awards in the Illustration West Exhibits, Experimental Aircraft Association and ASAA art competitions, and graces displays in the Pentagon, National Air & Space Museum, and many airline corporate headquarters worldwide.

As an aviator, Mike enjoys aerobatics and soaring, having accumulated more than 2,000 flights in sailplanes. He has flown in nearly 200 different types of aircraft from the B-52 to the Concorde, and in such tactical aircraft as the A-4, F-104, F-15, and F-16, continually blending his love of aviation with his artistic talents. Mike is a firm believer in "living the experience" of flight.

Commercial aviation also comprises much of Mike's artwork, and he has illustrated and produced many airline histories including those of Delta, Finnair, Continental, El Al, Lufthansa, Aeroflot, and Pan Am. His list of clients also includes McDonnell Douglas, Lockheed, Airbus, Flying Tigers, NASA, and Reader's Digest, to name a few.

Known for his thorough research and choice of unusual subject matter, Mike has a strong collector following and has emerged as an important contributor to America's aviation art


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"Everything She's Got" by Mike Machat
"Everything She's Got"
Signed by Pilot
A. Scott Crossfield

"Tiger with a Tale" by Mike Machat
"Tiger with a Tale"
Signed by Pilot

Bob Scott

"Fearsome Foursome" by Mike Machat
"Fearsome Foursome"
Signed by Pilot
Herschel H. Green

"Pirate's Bounty" by Mike Machat
"Pirate's Bounty"
Signed by Pilot
John B. Nichols III

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