Earth Flight Environment Mural (Eric Sloane)

This mural represents the freedom and environment of flight.

Display Status:

This object is on display in the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

Collection Item Summary:

Earth Flight Environment is artist Eric Sloane’s tribute to America’s spacious skies. Known for his remarkable renditions of clouds, Sloane captured the essence and variety of weather above the panoramic landscape of the American Southwest. It is Sloane’s largest and most well-known cloud painting.

Collection Item Long Description:

  • Lots of Paint

    The mural required 400 quarts of durable acrylic paint on a wall covered in Belgian linen.

  • Signed by the Artist

    Eric Sloane's signature on his Earth Flight Environment mural. Can you find it?

  • Spot the X-15

    The North American X-15 appears in the upper left corner of the Earth Flight Environment mural.

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Credit Line

Museum Purchase


Painting, Mural, Western Landscape, Rocket Airplane in View


2-D - Unframed (H x W) (Mural): 1783.1 x 2286cm (58 ft. 6 in. x 75 ft.)

Country of Origin

United States of America

Physical Description

Earth flight environment, 1976; L-shaped mural; depicts panoramic view of western landscape with a lone airplane on the right, lightning, rain, rainbow and cloud formations rise toward a rocket airplane; at top of the vertical section is the aurora borealis and the stars of space; the border at the bottom is decorated with a variety of weather map symbols.



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