Sitting on a stoop within a patio surrounding of my parents’ landscaped courtyard, my father Richard, a retired foreman for a metropolitan transportation company begins the conversation with an aged monochromatic photograph. Slipping the photograph from his fingertips, my eyes began a steady focus on the descending structures in the foreground of France, 1944. A much younger image of my grandfather, Richard “Tex” Hobbs, set center stage.
A historian at heart, I’ve gained a profound respect for subjects that contain an awareness that interface society. As an adolescent at the age of thirteen, I had not pieced together my grandfather’s involvement with WW II. In the fall of 1939 Americas were faced with a battle that began in Europe with Germany seizing attack on Poland. During this devastating time in history, an estimation of eleven million fatalities had occurred. While a greater part of our nation was caught under a state of panic, my grandfather, a B-17 flight engineer and top turret gunner pilot of the Air Corp 97th bomb group “did his duty during this international affair of war,” states my father.Dress-Ann Taylor Military Issued Aviator Sunglasses- Similar at Ray-Ban Heels-Charles by Charles David
Leaning back further on the wooden stoop I sat upon, I began to visualize the thunder of the radial engine, the smell of oil mixed with high-octane aviation fuel in combination with speed and maneuverability. With a strong urge for history I united alongside my father at the age of seventeen for the grandest personal experience in the cockpit of an AT6-Texan at Skyview Aviation. Soaring through the Napa Valley with a destination of Ashland, Oregon, I’ve always referred to this experience as a “Sentimental Journey”. During this experience I’ve gained a glimpse of a lighter side of what piloting in World War II entailed, giving me a new perspective of an era gone by.
I would encourage others who know WW II veterans to take pleasure in speaking with those that fought and preserve their history, for we can’t go back once they’re gone.The Classic trench coat with its various lengths ranging from mid-calf to above the knee was originally created as an alternative to the heavy serge greatcoats worn by the British and French soldiers in the First World War. I envisioned wearing such an ensemble in a classic lady-like design that would complete a motif of strength. A presentation of a coat originally invented by both Burberry and Aquascutum, made up of a 10 button double-breasted closure reiterated in a sheath dress, featuring a wide lapel, luxe leather trim and a self-tie belt, I proudly display medals which had been earned by my grandfather during the time he served our country.
With its rich history, the classic trench coat has surely taken a fashion forward style with its approach to an alternate arrangement of details and overall style. What attracts most to a trench coat is the enduring versatility and classic color palette. Whether you go with a single or doubled-breasted derivative, it’s a timeless classic.*Much gratitude goes to Richard Ortenheim of SkyView Aviation, for providing airspace for today’s photo shoot. For additional information on flight training, maintenance or aircraft sales please call 209-830-7666