WWII Wooden Planes

Hand carved World War II wooden planes by Holice McAvoy located in the southwest corridor leading into the Domestic Terminal adjacent to Terminal South baggage claim

From Washington, Georgia Holis McAvoy was 10 when his father got a job as a laborer to help build the Jacksonville Naval Air Station in 1940. When the war started, the officers at the base gave the children, including McAvoy, small pieces of wood and tools and asked them to carve models of Japanese aircraft, to help pilot trainees identify them. This launched a lifelong passion for planes. Years later as a professional artist he began building model planes that he carved for himself out of blocks of pine for the wings and fuselage. He used pieces of plastic to create cockpit windshields, pilots and gun turrets. In addition, he painted each aircraft himself, including details such as the pin-up girls who often adorned American bombers during the war. Each of the planes are re-creations of planes that were used during the war by specific individuals or in specific battles.