This elegant bronze sculpture of Captain Carlton Bond fronts the Pearson Air Museum at Fort Vancouver in Vancouver Washington. By Bill Bane, this artwork has great character – Captain Bond looks over the horizon, pondering the future and all its possibilities. The wind rips around him, blowing his scarf – you can feel the chill of the early morning.

The sculpture of Captain Bond was paid for by a donation from the late Eunice and Ken Teter, former County Commissioner and City Councilor, and together, art lovers.

What’s else is there at Pearson? Fourth of July fireworks, dog running, pioneer reenactments at Fort Vancouver, the slightly obscure Center for the Columbia River, and the marker for the Soviet transpolar flight of 1937 in an ANT-25 monoplane flown from Moscow in 63 hours, 16 minutes (don’t know this trivia? Consider the three Russian soldiers in Ninotchka landing in 1939.) Why Pearson? I think they were headed to San Francisco & ended up slightly north of their destination. Of course – the Pearson Air Museum.

Bane created the lackluster Vera Katz of the Eastbank Esplanade, and the Buckskin Brigade at the Clark County Courthouse (also purchased for by the Teter’s).

Though I like this sculpture a lot – there is one problem. Captain Bond is only about 4.5 feet tall. I imagine it went like this; Bane brings in the model and the old duffs say yep, looks great. Then Bane hands them the estimate and the duffs grunt and swallow hard, “Gee Bill, this is about 40% more than we can spend!” Bill says I have a solution for that.

History of Pearson Airport