Artist: Keith Ferris
Medium: Oil
Date: 1967

In order to gain qualification to participate in overseas deployment of fighter aircraft in his documentation of the Air Force mission for the Air Force Art Program, the artist volunteered to attend Tactical Air Command’s Deep Sea Survival School at Homestead AFB, Florida.

The grand finale to the course was to parasail into Biscayne Bay and spend the day in what must be the world’s smallest boat.

The painting shows the artist as Student #25, Class 67-18, as the downed airman at sea with sea anchor deployed, raft patches available, radio in hand and alone.

Hoping never to have to put his training to use, the artist deployed safely to Southeast Asia as a civilian backseater with the first combat bound F-4E Phantom Squadron in November 1968.

On loan from: the United States Air Force Art Collection