On November 9, 1996, the Connecticut Post newspaper covered the story of the partial restoration of an F4U Corsair mounted on a pedistal at the Sikorsky Memorial Airport in Stratford, Ct. Actually it is a Goodyear built FG-1D donated back to the United States from the El Salvador Air Force in 1969. The project was headed up by Gary Velasco appointed by the Greater Bridgeport Detachment Marine Corps League. After researching all available references,Velasco decided to repaint the aircraft in the markings of famed VMF-214 "Black Sheep" squadron, Maj. Gregory "Pappy" Boyington.


On May 22-26, 1997 and June 25-27, 1998, Velasco Enterprises hosted reunions of VMF-214 Black Sheep Squadron as well as several Special guests.

The Sikorsky Brothers lead a VIP tour of Sikorsky Aircraft (which did not allow cameras) where Henry Bourgeois flew in the "Blackhawk" simulator. After a hearty luncheon the group reminised through the assembly line to witness the 2nd Commanche "Stealth" helicopter during its final assembly stage.

The highlight of the tour was entering the office of Igor Sikorsky, where Sergei Sikorsky proceded to lecture on his father's goals and achievments which included handeling correspondence from the likes of Charles Lindbergh, Ace Richard Bong and test pilot Boone Guyton.

A VIP tour of Pratt & Whitney was arranged the following year with the same hospitable VIP treatment.


In the next series of photos, you'll see who was present at the events.

Muriel and Jim Hill, Julie and Robert McClurg, "Gabby" Gabreski, Nikolai and Igor Sikorsky Jr..Kneeling is Marine Corp Corsair pilot Stan Kelly.

Jim Hill, Robert McClurg and Henry Bourgeois of VMF -214 stand in front of "Sky Boss" flown by the late Bill Dodds for Averix. Note: Dodds untimely death occured two weeks after this event. See below left.


Muriel and Jim Hill, an enthused fan, Henry Bourgeois, Marian and Bob Layher(AVG), Julie and Robert McClurg the late Bill Dodds. Kneeling L-R: Betty and Willis Neth (Navy corsair pilot), Stan Kelly (Marine Corp pilot), Gary Velasco and Jerry Marketos.
Henry Bourgeois and Robert McClurg with Costomer Service Director of Pratt & Whitney, Richard Wellman stand in front of a R-2800 corsair engine during their visit.

Gary Velasco, Robert Morgan, Robert Conrad, James Verinis, Henry Bourgeois and Jim Conroy Director of the Greenwich Workshop Galleries in Fairfield, Ct.

Elizabeth and Igor Sikorsky Jr. with Robert Conrad at the "Hangin' with the Warbirds" Dinner dance honoring VMF-214 and "Memphis Belle" crew in June 1998, Bridgeport, Ct..

Gary Velasco and Robert Conrad at the 'Hangin' with the Warbirds dinner dance.

Velasco Enterprises would like to thank the following people and companies for their support and related sponsorship for which these events have been made possible.

Bill Finch
Robert Conrad
The Sikorsky family
Richard Wellman - Pratt & Whitney
Gary Minor - Pratt& Whitney
Diane Lightsey - Get Graphic!
Hamilton Standard
Harry Pember - Sikorsky Aircraft
Jim Conroy - Greenwich Workshop Gallery

Mark Scott - Falcon Air
Bob and Linda Morgan
Brent Perkins - Memphis Belle Association
Marge Bong Drucker
Tom Bell & Bernie - Bell Manufacturing
John Holder
357th Fighter Group
352th Fighter Group

All images © 1998, '99, 2K Unautherized duplication of images is prohibited by law.


The first design for production is the B-1 "Lets Roll" clock. Decals also sold seperatly


B-17 QUEENIE panel




Dinner and Symosium

After dinner w/ Jeff McKay

After dinner w/ Robert Ginty

Friday night for Air & Space shoot

Jim Laurier and Gary Velasco
More photos to follow


The finished nose art on TONDALAYO


NEW PB4Y-1 Lady Luck panel

NEW PB4Y-2 Naval Body panel

Limited Edition F4F Joe Foss panel

NEAM B-29 "Jack's Hack", 58BW 

New F-22 Spirit of America panel

New P-40 "Relic Series"

Gary Velasco and Col. Stephen "Steve" Hicks, VaANG 192nd FW Commander 

New A6M2 Zero panel (40"x18")

John Kirla, Chuck Yeager, Arval Roberson, Charles Weaver and "Bud" Anderson


SR-71 panel (painted version)

Gary Velasco during the 'Belle' project.


The finished nose of Tallichet's 'Belle'



 Gary and Marge Bong Drucker during the signing.

Tom Ferebee, Gary Velasco and Paul Tibbets after the signing Nov. 22,'98

Last updated March 6, 2003

We are now accepting Credit Cards


NEW! Nose Art 8x10" prints added

NEW! Aviation Wall Clocks and Decals

After a long wait and postponements, we are proud to announce that a spin-off of our panels will be in the form of Aviation Wall Clocks. The first of these clocks in production will be the Official USAF nose art "Let's Roll" to Commemorate 9-11 in a B-1 camo scheme. They are a three piece 16"x16" panel with a quartz movement. A complete page devoted to the clocks is currently being developed with five catgories (see clocks page), USAF, USMC, USN, US Army, Corporate/Commercial. Intro pricing is $79.95 each.
Decals of the "Let's Roll" insignia is also available for $9.99. Call or email for these decals.


NEW! Exclusive B-17 panels for Sovietski Collection

We are producing three new B-17 panels for the Sovietski Collection. They are "Queenie", "Miami Clipper" and "Carolina Moon". All three are exclusive Sovietski Collection products and only 50 of each design will be made for them. A link to order the panels has been established. To view the panels and order, click here. Or call (800) 442-0002


Coming this Winter/Spring 2003
Limited Edition Artist Signature Series panels

It has been decided that an Artists Signature Series line be developed for the first quarter of 2003. The first will be "TONDELAYO", a B-25 from the 345BG . The second will be a B-24 yet to be determined. These panels, much like our other Ltd. Ed. Series will feature elaborate art work chosen personally, painted and signed by Gary Velasco. The panels will have serial numbers stamped into the aluminum and a COA.

Tour the Company

A new page has been set up to see what goes into making a panel design from scratch-to-finish. This can be seen by clicking on to this TOUR LINK.

Corsair Gathering at Indy 2002

The Corsair Gathering is now but a memory. It turned out to be eventful and busy, with representing the company at our booth next to the Black Sheep tables. Even though 8 corsairs participated, there were many more warbirds on hand . The focal point was the Black Sheep reunion and most likley to be their last although some will appear in future airshows. The Friday night dinner/symposium was sold out with some 650 attendees. "A great nite. I got to meet actors Red West, Jeff McKay and Robert Ginty of TV series Baa Baa Black Sheep fame" said Gary Velasco. During the dinner, a silent auction was held and Velasco donated two Boyington panels that sold for over $900.00 each! The show benefited the Riley Hospital for Children. Artist Jim Laurier ad Gary had a lot in common and instantly became good friends. Click on thumbnails at left for larger image.

Collings Foundation B-25 back in Airshow circuit

The Collings Foundation based in Stow, MA. commissioned Gary to apply the nose art on their B-25 in the markings of TONDALAYO, from the 345BG, 500BS known as the "Air Apaches". The work started on sunday August 11 and was completed wednesday the 14th. An in depth story about this famous a/c along with photos of the painting process can be seen by ckicking here.

Velasco Commissioned for PBEMAC

The newly formed Beauchamp Tower Corp. EMAC under the direction of Ward Brewer has commissioned Gary Velasco to head art and design images for the new Group. Privately and governmentaly funded with commercial backing by CISCO Systems and AT&T, this organization will be the largest of its kind in the country with over 60 Emergency vehicles including an unmanned aerial vehicle and the Submarine Cruiser USS. ORION, decommissioned from WWII. The task is to design and paint every vehicle with WWII inspired pin-up motiff in the form of Nose Art. Unit patches and squadron insignia will also be designed as well as promotional advertisements, posters for other media campaigns. "This is just the tool needed to bring media attention to our company. I'm looking forward to this project and hope to revive an old tradition in the public eye", Velasco stated. An official public announcement will be end of summer/early fall this year. Look for updates in this section for progress on the designs.


NEW! PB4Y-1 Lady Luck
PB4Y-2 Naval Body panel 

New LTD. ED. F4F Foss panel for Pacific Aircraft

We are proud to announce that we will produce a Limited Edition F4F Joe Foss panel exclusively for Pacific Aircraft (warplanes.com). The panels are signed by Joe Foss, the highest scoring USMC Ace and Medal of Honor winner. In addition the panels will have actual full size gold Aviator Wings attached. These panels can only be purchased at Pacific Aircraft. For more info on obtainig a panel click on the link [WARPLANES.COM] or call 800-950-9944.

B-25 Panel Enhancement

You will notice that our B-25 panels now have rivet holes (as did the originals). This further enhances the panel to look more like it was taken from the airplane. There is slight wear to the look as well.

NEAM B-29 Restoration Project

The New England Air Museum (home of the 58BW Assoc.) in Hartford, CT. is undergoing a restoration of a B-29 to static condition. They have commissioned Gary Velasco to do the Nose Art and photos of that process can be seen by clicking on the link.

F-22  Spirit of America panel

In light of the tragedy by terroist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, I believe that justice will avenge and prevail thru the strength of unity in America.

To help with the morale in the tradition of Nose Art, we are developing a special patriotic F-22 panel with art work appropriate for the ongoing air campaign. We researched this panel as best as we could with out having access to the aircraft (still being tested). This is from a panel on the lower right side of the a/c. The panel is 31x14" and will retail for $145.00


Introducing the NEW "Relic Series"

Our new "Relic Series" panels will have a more vintage distressed look, as if they were cut or drilled out from the wreckage. Also for added realism, they will have real bullet holes!
The first two panels is a multi-piece P-40 Fuselage in AVG markings. The price is $345.00. The second is an A6M2 Zero fuselage panel done with the same treatment. Look for a new "Relic Series" page soon.

New revisions for 2001

There are several revisions on some of our existing panels. First is the F4U Boyington panel. New information in Bruce Gambel's new book "Black Sheep One" confirms that Boyington had a lover named Lucy Malcolmson after his divorce from his first marriage. As Boyington's rise to popularity, so did the attention go to Lucy. The press knew this and when the famous shot of Pappy in the corsair was taken, it had already been prepared for the press without the consent of Boyington. (Thanks Bruce)
Next revision is that all B-24 panels are now being assembled with smaller rivets. These are now in scale with the panel size.
Also is the Me-109 panel now has been modified as an "Emil" model. There is an oil access panel in the upper left corner.
Finally, begining in February, the Memphis Belle panels will have a decal as part of the data info stencil as did all early F models.


The Final 352FG Reunion

The 352FG held their last and final reunion on Sept. 21-25 in Richmond, VA. We were invited to attend the festivities and two P-51 Mustangs were on display along with a specially painted F-16 to commemorate the group. A ballroom dinner dance with a program was Saturday evening. Filming by Split/S was done for a documentary plus lots more. We set up a photo page from this event.The public is invited as well. For more info, visit the 352FG website. We will have on hand a small Limited run of 5 P-51 352FG "Cripes A'Mighty" panels and 5 "Cripes A' Mighty 3rd panels w/signatures. If you would like one, please reserve one today. Call for info.


Aces 357FG P-51 panel signing.

On May 29, Memorial day, We attended their reunion in San Antonio, TX. at the Riverview Marriott Hotel. The 100 panels represented is of the then Lt. Col. Thomas L. Hayes "Frenesi". Unfortunately Hayes could not attend and arrangements were made to acquire his signature at a latter date. In addition to the 357th panel, Yeager also signed 8 X-1 panels and are now available for $275.00. The 357th panel is available for $675.00.


Fond Farewell to Tom Ferebee

On March 16, 2000 Tom Ferebee 81,passed away at his home in Windermere, Florida. Ferebee and his crew mates made history when the B-29 Enola Gay flew to Hiroshima and delivered the first atomic bomb on 6 August,1945 that would help end the war with Japan during WWII. Ferebee was the Bombardier on that mission. He will be missed by all who knew and read of him. His final mission is unknown...


SR-71 Blackbird Tail Art

Lockheed Martin Skunk Works and Velasco Ent. have teamed up and allowed us to produce Blackbird tail art exclusively for LMSW. The first in a series of three, a/c # 17955 "Willie" the skunk is now available. Two versions are available, a painted version and a decaled one. The second will be a NASA version (available Feb. 2K) and the third will be a unit insignia (available Mar. 2K). A Limited Edition with test pilots signatures is also being planned. All panels will be available only thru the LMSW Gift store.


Movie "Memphis Belle" repainted

Gary Velasco called upon to 'finish the job' on Tallichet's B-17. Originally, Velasco was supposed to paint the Nose Art and markings on the air show circuit's Flying Fortress, but Ron Kaplan, known for leather jacket art work, outbid Velasco and only painted the girl and name on both sides (great job Ron). The mission markings, kills, squadron codes, numbers, names, stencils, wheels and insignia's was done by Velasco. Mark Scott, project manager for Tallichet will shuttle Velasco via Cessna 172 from Bridgeport, CT. to the site at Lawrence Airport in N. Andover, MA..Velasco also has been commissioned by the group to detail with Nose Art a B-25 owned by Tallichet. More on that later. Work was done July 24-Aug. 5, 1999. More photos and story of the painting can be seen by clicking on Belle painting.


NEW "Marge" Bong panel signing.

Sept 9-12, '99

We're proud to announce that Marge Bong Drucker has agreed to join ranks and signed 100 Limited Edition Signature Series P-38 "Marge" Bong panels. She appeared on September 11 at the Sheraton Four Points Hotel in Norwalk, CT. A live TV appearance on Ch 12's Fairfield Exchange Fri, Sept.10 at 12 noon went well. The panels will be an exclusive product for the Richard I. Bong WWII Heritage Center and proceeds from sales will help fund the new museum in Superior, WI. A pencil print depicting Bong and Marge is available as well.



Velasco Enterprises and Enola Gay crew

Nov. 21 and 22 '98

In addition to our Limited Edition Series, we've added the B-29 panel "Enola Gay" to our lineup with a limited production run of 50.