I joined the Royal Canadian Navy/Canadian Armed Forces in 1957 and served primarily as a navy pilot. I flew the CS2F on two operational tours from HMCS BONAVENTURE, a light Fleet Carrier, with VS-880 Squadron and I also served as a Landing Signals Officer (LSO).
From 1971 to 1973 I was on Exchange Duties with the US Navy out of Quonset Pt., R.I. with VS-32 and VS-22 Squadrons flying the S2E Tracker aircraft. In all, I flew from the aircraft carriers USS ESSEX, WASP, INTREPID, SARATOGA, FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT and LEXINGTON, accumulating over 300 deck landings including over 100 night landings.
Returning to Canada I attended Canadian Forces Staff College, and served in variety of senior staff and ground positions including two tours in the Middle East with the United Nations as a Military Observer operating out of Jerusalem, Tiberius,and Cairo including patrolling in the Gaza Strip by jeep during Intifada.
I finished flight duties with VP-405 Squadron flying the CP-107 Argus long range patrol aircraft, and the CP-140 Aurora in the Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) role.
From an artistic point-of-view, I started sketching while in the Middle east. Upon retirement in 1993 I took up the challenges of painting and haven't looked back since. My subject matter ranges from landscapes and pets, to seascapes and portraits but it is my naval aviation scenes that bring my memories as a pilot to life in a vivid and sensitive fashion. My renderings of the "Bonaventure" scenes and "S2-Roger Ball" and "Night Carrier Landing" bring back a time when young, fearless and dedicated carrier pilots shared demanding and often dangerous flying experiences during the Cold War. It was a special time when unique and lasting bonds were created.
Copies of a number of my paintings are currently on display at a number of museums including The Canadian Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa, Shearwater Aviation Museum, Comox Aviation Museum, Greenwood Aviation Museum, as well as 6 original paintings depicting BONAVENTURE Flight Operations which hang in the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario. The Pensacola National Naval Aviation Museum (www.navalaviationmuseum.org)recently accepted four of my original USN paintings, and a Remarque canvas print of the " S2- Night Carrier Landing" as part of a fully curated display of the VS contributions in the Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Role during the Cold War.
I now reside with my wife Judy in the town of Courtenay, British Columbia, Canada, located on the east coast of beautiful Vancouver Island.
I may be contacted via E-Mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
About Jack Ford - The Pilot and the Artist