robert parks

I’m not sure how to write a short introduction when I’m near the end of a very long life. Do I start at the beginning 89+ years ago and walk you through a long story or start near the end and wend the way back through something like a cluttered antique shop.

I’m a retired Boeing designer who lived the life of an average American boy who was born just before the Depression, lived through it, then grew up in Florida, served in the Air Force in World War 2, went to Duke University, and worked at Boeing for 48 years.

In between all this I flew in almost 50 different types of airplanes and performed as an air show clown in numerous air shows in the northwest.  I also achieved some fame as an aviation artist and illustrated a book written by author, Ernest K. Gann entitled, “ Ernest K. Gann’s Flying Circus”. One of my paintings resides in the Smithsonian Institution and there are many in corporate offices.

One thing that I never tried was to write a book. So, I managed to write my memoirs and put them in a book, entitled, “From A crystal Set To High Speed Jets”. It’s probably destined to be in the best cellar’s list (sic) but you might find a few things of interest folded in between some humor and my artwork.

With that said, I’ll leave you with hopes that you read a bit of it, and are encouraged to gaze upon my artwork. 

Some of my artwork is being displayed at the Schack Art Center in Everett, Washington.