Michael J. O'Neal
Michael specializes in early aviation subjects from the dawn of flight to the end of World War One. As a historian, his work has appeared in the Journal of the League of WW I Aviation Historians Over the Front, and on the “Wings Over New Jersey” television program. In 1980 he was awarded a grant by the NJ Historical Commission for work on the “NJ Aviators, 1914-1918” a complete record of NJ natives in the Air Service during WWI.
Michael has served as Chairman of the Aviation History Subcommittee of the NJ Aviation Advisory Council. The subcommittee’s task is to preserve and promote aviation history throughout the state of NJ. In this role he has lectured to high school and local aviation history groups about early aviation and it’s impact on warfare. He now serves on the Museums Board of Trustees.
An avid artist his whole life, Michael joined the American Society of Aviation Artists in 1991. His paintings have appeared in numerous local and national exhibits in the U.S. and hang in private collections, local galleries and the Group Historian’s office at Langley Air Force Base. He has served Board of Trustees of the ASAA and as the ASAA Scholarship Program Chairman. He is currently Treasurer of the organization. He has also held a private pilot’s certificate since 1979 and owns and flies a 1930 Fleet 7 open cockpit biplane.
His paintings have appeared in Over the Front, the journal of League of WWI Aviation Historians along with his own original research. His work has also appeared in WW I Aero - The Journal of the Early Aeroplane, Aviation History Magazine, the Newark Star Ledger, North Brunswick Post, the Princeton Recollector and the Charlottesville (Va.) Daily Progress newspapers.
In 1998 his one man show of original artwork opened at the NJ Aviation Hall of Fame and in November 2000 he reprised the display this time supplemented with original WW I Aviation uniforms and memorabilia from the families of NJ natives who flew during WW I and his own private collection.
Among his many credits as a knowledgeable historian, Mike has had his paintings featured in cover art on several of the publications listed below, along with having many articles written by him or about him.
- Over The Front - Cover Art Volume 12, Number 4, Winter 1997
- Over The Front - Cover Art Volume 13, Number 4, Winter 1998
- Over The Front - Cover Art Volume 16, Number 3, Fall 2001
- Over The Front - Cover Art & Feature Article Volume 22, Number 2, Summer 2007
- Over The Front - Cover Art & Co-authored Article Volume 23, Number 1, Spring 2008
- Falconer (Dassault Falcon Family Magazine) Special Aniversary Issue - Features Captain Biddles Rumpler - Issue 23, 2003
- World War I Aero (a National Historical Publication)
- Aviation History (National Historical Publication)
- Aviation Week & Space Technology (International Publication)
- ASAA “James V. Roy Award” Best of Show – 1997
- ASAA Merit Award – 1997
- Simuflite Horizons of Flight Best of Show – 1997
- Simuflite Horizons of Flight Honorable Mention – 1998
- Thorton Hooper Award (League of WWI Aviation Historians, Best Artwork) – 1997-1999
- ASAA Gold Founders Award 1999 and 2000
- EAA Air Venture “Par Excellence” Award - 2000
In addition to painting, Mike speaks to groups throughout the Northeast about this exciting era and his research into the aviators from New Jersey. You can meet Mike on April 5th, 2008 at the Maryland War Memorial Building, Baltimore, Maryland when he presents to the Western Front Association. He will be speaking about the 1917 Princeton Flying Corps. If you want more information about this engagement,click here. To discuss the possibility of Mike speaking to your group, please use this link to Contact the Artist.
“Sons of Albrecht” (Detail) 9 x 12” 1996 Oil on board
Best of Show Simuflite “Horizons of Flight” Exhibition and Competition - 1997