Calder’s commission from Braniff International Airlines, the DC-8 jet Flying Colors, makes its inaugural flight from Dallas with stops in Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Miami, and Latin America. Calder had painted parts of the jet directly on the plane.
In 1963, Calder completed construction of a large studio overlooking the Indre Valley. With the assistance of a full-scale, industrial ironworks, he began to fabricate his monumental works in France and devoted much of his later working years to public commissions. Calder died in New York in 1976 at the age of seventy-eight.