Agnes Martin, Untitled
Oil on canvas
Donald also became famous for his miraculous escape from death having fallen from his Sopwith Camel at 6,000 feet (1,800 m) in 1917. On that fateful summer’s afternoon he attempted a new maneuver in his Sopwith Camel and flew the machine up and over, and as he reached the top of his loop, hanging upside down, his safety belt snapped and he fell out. He was not wearing a parachute as a matter of policy. Incredibly, the Camel had continued its loop downwards, and Donald landed on its top wing. He grabbed it with both hands, hooked one foot into the cockpit and wrestled himself back in, struggled to take control, and executed “an unusually good landing”. In an interview given 55 years later he explained, “The first 2,000 feet passed very quickly and terra firma looked damnably ‘firma’. As I fell I began to hear my faithful little Camel somewhere nearby. Suddenly I fell back onto her.” - Grahame Donald
From Brooklyn to Austria…Google Maps seemed to be the only appropriate costume this Halloween.
Olin on Kiley, the original Merlin