He fell in love at first sight with a sleek fighter jet. And that infatuation led Jim Horsely’s aviation career to quickly advance as he fought the NVA in north Vietnam, performing harrowing missions and narrow escapes while many of his friends didn’t. Back in states, he was accepted into the elite ranks of the Navy’s Blue Angels as demostration team pilot. For two years he travelled the nation performing in the then state-of-the-art A-4 Skyhawk. He’s now retired, but found a similar passion and dedication to the art of painting. Though trading yoke for brush Jim finds his dedication needed for both are similar and rewarding.