Home | Experience the Arts | Public Art Directory | Captain Elrey B. Jeppesen

Public Art

Captain Elrey B. Jeppesen

By George Lundeen
Category: Sculpture


Captain Jeppesen’s life reflects the history of American aviation. His early flying experience consisted of aerobatics, wing walking and other barnstorming feats. In 1930 he went to work as an airmail pilot for Boeing Air Transport (later, United Airlines) flying the dangerous route between Cheyenne, Salt Lake City and Oakland. Determined to make the way safer for fellow pilots, he made drawings of terrain and airport layouts and recorded elevations of obstacles such as water towers, hills and smokestacks. The right hand of Lundeen’s sculpted subject holds the book of compiled data that would become the famous “Jepp Charts,” still used by pilots today, while the left arm rests on the propeller of his plane, Jenny.

Dimensions: 22′ x 8′ x 3′
Year Completed: 1994
Material: Bronze
Owner: Saint Louis University

About the artist: