2010 R. I. National Guard Air Show
20th Anniversary Commemorative - Limited Edition
de Paul M. Murray and Emily A. Rutherford
This 20th Anniversary Commemorative - Limited Edition book takes you to the flight line and beyond for an exciting look at one of the nation's best air shows. In its 120 pages and more than 150 photos, you will see the 2010 Rhode Island National Guard Air Show in a way that few do. Additionally, Air National Guard pilots and crews will share their real life combat experiences in Afghanistan using the skills and technology that are part of the air show.
With a record attendance of over 75,000, the 2010 air show reflected the partnership between the National Guard and the community which it both serves and from whom it finds its citizen soldiers.
From a charitable donation perspective, the activities of the air show have resulted in about $1.7 million benefit for local charities. Of that, Providence-based Hasbro Children's Hospital has received more than $1.4 million.
As recognition of its impact, the air show received the Dick Schram Memorial Community Relations Award in 1995 and 2008 from the International Council of Air Shows. It is one of only three air shows to be selected twice for the award. Additionally, it was the recipient of the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels "Best Air Show 2007" award.
A Rhode Island native, Paul has been a photographer, pilot and frequent traveler for decades. As a result of his corporate career in computing and networking, he appreciates the impact that hi-tech developments have had on photography, aviation and travel. Luckily, his career has afforded him many opportunities to travel, live and work in North America, Europe, Australasia and Asia. His photography often reflects his early journalistic background with a twist that many find intriguing. He uses technology to increase his options and productivity but not to replace his creativity and vision.