To create an aeronautical bronze statue, the artist first creates a finished sculpture of clay, wood and aluminum, using photographs, models and technical information to guide himself. He then takes the "original" statue to a specialized foundry, where master craftsmen utilize the famous "lost wax" process to cast one or more finished reproductions in bronze. The ancient process was originally developed and used more than 2,500 years ago in China and has been employed by many of the great bronze artists such as Remington. Each casting is carefully hand made and finished by a master craftsman. The final finish may be bright natural polished bronze with a mirrorlike golden luster, or a dusky patina may be applied, giving the piece the look of great antiquity.
Several artists have produced aeronautical bronzes including Rick Terry, Richard Phoaraoh and Joe Adams. Adams is both the best-known and most prolific; he has produced more than 20 limited editions with from 14 to 50 bronzes in each edition.
Graceful and elegant as the legendary aircraft they represent, the bronzes are heavy and solid, appropriate for this, the most durable of all aeronautical art forms - an expression of mankind's dream of flight, designed to last centuries, perhaps millenia.