Dallas, TX (6/9/15) Lone Star, internationally recognized in business and technology decision support, modeling and simulation, and a provider of advisory services addressing highly complex client issues announces the company has commissioned a painting to commemorate the 1919 launch of an aircraft from the USS Texas (BB-35); the first time a warplane took off from a U.S. Navy combatant ship.
The artist, James Flood, has won prior Texas commissions. Flood’s paintings are nautical in nature, usually displaying ships in an historical context. His paintings have earned international recognition and can be found throughout the world in galleries, museums, private collections, books and magazines, motion pictures, and Cunard ocean liners.
James Flood joined the Navy, serving as Quartermaster on the command cruiser USSWright, then destroyer USS Laffey. From 1967 to 1969, he served aboard the battleship USSNew Jersey. Flood enjoys membership in the Naval Institute and the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA). His work is on display at the Naval Institute in Annapolis, the Wiley Post Museum in Oklahoma City, the Olympia Memorial in Philadelphia, the battleshipAlabama in Mobile, and in numerous other ships, museums, and ship magazines.
“Our thanks go to James Flood for creating the painting in so thoughtful and accurate manner,” said Steve Roemerman, Lone Star Analysis CEO. “James has created a compelling painting that tells an important story in the history of Naval Air warfare. His history as a real battleship sailor adds more meaning to this work both for him, and for us.”
Lone Star is working with several foundations and museums to commemorate the 100thanniversary of the 1919 event. In addition to commissioning the painting, the company has acquired a number of historically important artifacts related to the event. “We plan to help support the institutions who are committed to the preservation and study of Naval Aviation heritage. Naval Aviation is one of our important client communities our people feel a strong commitment there. In addition, many of our colleagues in the energy business in Houston are proud to be close to Texas, and this commission is also a way to show our thanks to them,” Roemerman said.
The Texas served in both world wars, earning five battle stars as well as the distinction of being the first U.S. battleship to launch an aircraft. Among US-built battleships, Texas is notable for her sizable number of other firsts: the first US battleship to launch an aircraft from a catapult on Turret 3, the first US Navy vessel to house a permanently assigned contingent of US Marines, the first US battleship to mount anti-aircraft guns, the first US ship to control gunfire with directors and range-keepers, one of the first to receive the CXAM-1 version of CXAM production radar in the US Navy, the first US battleship to become a permanent museum ship, and the first battleship declared to be a US National Historic Landmark. Texas is also notable for being the only remaining WW I era dreadnought battleship.