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McDonnell Douglas

In 1967 George Akimoto joined McDonnell Douglas in Long Beach and eventually reached the position of the Chief Illustrator, while fulfilling freelance projects for various individuals and organizations.

Images of George Akimoto in his work studio at the McDonnell Douglas in Long Beach, California. From the George Akimoto personal collection courtesy of his daughter Tracy Williams.

At McDonnell Douglas, Akimoto created works of art highlighting MD's family of aircraft.  The following artwork images are all from the George Akimoto personal collection courtesy of his daughter, Tracy Williams.

McDonnell Douglas DC-10 by George Akimoto, 1968. 

McDonnell Douglas DC-10 by George Akimoto, undated. 

McDonnell Douglas DC-10 by George Akimoto, undated.

McDonnell Douglas DC-10 by George Akimoto, undated.

Douglas DC-6 by George Akimoto, undated.

Douglas A-4 Skyhawks by George Akimoto, undated.

Moon rover with lander by George Akimoto, undated.

McDonnell Douglas toolmaker by George Akimoto, undated.

McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle by George Akimoto, 1973.

Portrait of T.D. MacGregor by George Akimoto, 1977. 

George Akimoto painting McDonnell Douglas DC-10 refueling USAF Military Airlift Command Lockheed C-141 Starlifter, 1980.

McDonnell Douglas DC-10 refueling USAF Military Airlift Command Lockheed C-141 Starlifter by George Akimoto, 1980.

McDonnell Douglas DC-10 refueling USAF Military Airlift Command Lockheed C-141 Starlifter by George Akimoto, 1980.

“LA Weekly” August 22-28 1980 publication announced “McDonnell Douglas Aviation Art” exhibition at Long Beach Museum of Art presenting paintings by George Akimoto among works of more than 200 artists and designers.

George Akimoto paintings were featured in “McDonnell Douglas Spirit” publications. 


Courtesy of the Special Collections Archives at Long Beach Public Library, Long Beach, California.

George Akimoto was creating paintings of everyday life along with aviation themes.

Kids with kite by George Akimoto, undated.  George Akimoto personal collection courtesy of his daughter Tracy Williams.

Fishermen by George Akimoto, undated.  George Akimoto personal collection courtesy of his daughter Tracy Williams.

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