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“On Final Approach” — a mural by Bob Jenny

4 July 2011

“On Final Approach” — a mural by Bob Jenny

Bob Jenny painted this mural and eventually donated it to the Fort Lauderdale Naval Air Station Museum. It shows TBM Avenger crews landing at the Ft. Lauderdale Naval Air Station (now the Ft. Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport) from the east. This is the facility where future U.S. president George H.W. Bush trained during WW II before deploying for combat in the Pacific against the Japanese forces. A post on the museum will publish in two days, on 29 June.

All 25 feet of “On Final Approach” by Bob Jenny — photo by Joe May

Bob Jenny’s mural signature — photo by Joe May

President George H.W. Bush’s signature under a TBM Avenger which he trained to fly at the Fort Lauderdale Naval Air Station depicted in “On Final Approach” — photo by Joe May

Another set of Avengers within “On Final Approach” — photo by Joe May

13 Comments leave one →
  1. shortfinals permalink
    4 July 2011 16:08

    I wasn’t aware of this – significant – mural by Bob Jenny, until you featured it. Well done !

    • travelforaircraft permalink
      4 July 2011 23:39

      Thank you. Jenny passed away on the 1980s, before there were web pages, so his works do not seem available to see on the internet … I’ll see what I can about photographing them.

      • Vikki Evers permalink
        24 December 2013 22:08

        He died in 2000, not the 1980’s. He was only 64, a sad loss. Does anyone know if there is a book about him?

  2. travelforaircraft permalink
    24 December 2013 23:27

    Vikki Evers, thanks for this. I went with the recollection of one of his friends but could not find a confirmation of the information. Do you have an idea of where he was interned and the date he passed away. Please, also let me know if you find a guide or catalog regarding his work — I would love to cover it further. Joe.

    • Vikki Evers permalink
      25 December 2013 09:19

      I really don’t know much about him, except what I’ve read online in the newspaper and the Fort Lauderdale NAS Museum site (they are going to have more about him soon on their website). I bought a print of his at a local shop and wanted to know more about the artist. According to these sites, he had no formal training, but what beautiful works he created. After the holidays am hoping to visit the NAS museum and perhaps find a list of his murals in the area. I don’t know how ambitious your photographing plans are, but seems like it would be a great book!

    • Vikki Evers permalink
      21 August 2014 07:50

      Hi Joe,
      There is a dealer on ebay art4sale23 who was Bob Jenny’s publisher/printmaker who has a small catalog of his work. He’s very helpful and reasonable. If you search for his work he usually has up to a dozen prints for sale. Hope this helps, I’m still looking forward to visiting the museum in Fort Lauderdale.

      • travelforaircraft permalink
        23 August 2014 17:10

        You will like your visit. The museum is up and running thought it’s best to call ahead. I recently posted a review of my visit there so you can read about it to get a flavor of what it’s like 🙂

  3. pete permalink
    11 August 2014 09:39

    I think I might have a painting of his. its 3′ x 5′ and of some pelicans and docks in the river. you can see the signature in a rope on the painting. I was looking to get rid of it if some body is interested in it. contact 772- 216-6516

    • Vikki Evers permalink
      21 August 2014 07:41

      Can you email a photo of your painting? I have been collecting his prints, but a painting would be nice. Also, what were you thinking of asking for it?

      Thanks, Vikki

      • travelforaircraft permalink
        23 August 2014 17:11

        Hi Vikki,

        I’ll get an image to you in a day or so. It’s not mine to sell but it is a significant part of the museum and nicely displayed, as well 🙂


  4. 21 August 2014 08:49

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    a formidable job and our entire neighborhood shall be thankful to you.

  5. 15 October 2014 02:26

    Bob Jenny was my cousin (Dad’s nephew). He and his younger brother, Tom lost their mother at a very young age. As a young girl I can still see him sitting at our grandfather’s desk sketching wildlife…most often deer…I was completely mesmerized. As a young man he moved to Florida and when his career had taken off his travels kept him out of town frequently. My family moved to Texas and he would stop by to see the family when he passed through Dallas. After my father passed away he still kept contact with my mother (deceased) every now and then. The family couldn’t be more proud of his accomplishments during his lifetime. So many things he achieved that the family knew nothing about until years later. He truly was a humble man.

  6. Vikki Evers permalink
    17 October 2014 08:19

    I’ll be back in south Fla in early Dec and will get in touch then about visiting the museum and perhaps seeing the Bob Jenny wildlife painting, if it is still there. I’ll also bring the small catalog of his work from his printer. Looking forward to seeing the museum. It’s nice to have a post from his cousin.

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