In 1942, George Russell joined the war effort as an employee of Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, his main mission to design and oversee construction of the massive air base at Langford Lodge, near Belfast, Northern Ireland. He was there for over 3 years, involved in virtually every aspect of its design, construction and management. One of his more unusual assignments while there was to design two trailers for General Dwight D. Eisenhower for use in planning the D-Day invasion, one for sleeping and one for use as a mobile war room. Below is a selection of the renderings of his design, originally in black and white, but which we digitally enhanced to reflect the actual materials. He produced these with a technique he devised using pastel, tempera, and a hard eraser - a laborious process that produced images with a unique texture and softness. The trailer interior was very sleek, using mahogany wood surfaces, forest green leather upholstery, black linoleum flooring, and polished chrome accents.
Eisenhower War Trailer Renderings