Spirit Visitation

 

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On the night of January 18, 2017, B-2 Spirit Stealth Bombers and their aircrews launched from Whiteman AFB, MO. Over the next 35 hours, the aircraft and their crews would make USAF history by flying one of the longest combat missions ever. After nearly 16 hours and multiple inflight refuelings, the ominous shapes of two B-2’s appeared in the night sky near Sirte, Lybia.  Within moments of arriving, explosive steel rained down from the darkness upon the heads of ISIL terrorists and their desert camps. In a hail of hell fury, the enemy was utterly destroyed and the crews turned their aircraft toward home. This mission proved, once again, that no enemy anywhere in the world is safe from the B-2 and the warriors that fly and support their operation.

This print depicts the 509th Bomb Wing and Operation Odyssey Lightning.  The 509th Bomb Wing is the only unit in the world to fly the B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber.

  • Archival Paper Print, Limited Edition: Image Size is 15″x 30″ – Overall print size is 21″ x 34″ Signed and numbered limited edition of only 75 prints – $135
  • Limited Edition Rolled Premium Canvas: Size is 15″ x 30″ – Signed and numbered canvas – $295

I’d Rather be Flying

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Who hasn’t daydreamed of escaping to a peaceful airstrip, climbing aboard a classic airplane and leaving your cares behind as you fly upward into a sun washed sky?  This painting focuses on that daydream with the classic Boeing PT-17 Stearman as the star of the composition.

The original painting from which this print was created measured 8 feet in length and was commissioned by a Stearman owner. This piece also features a Piper J-5 Cub Cruiser and a Curtiss Wright Travel Air 4000.  Let’s go flying!

This image is available in two versions:

  • Archival Paper Print, Limited Edition: Image size is 11.5″ x 30″ –  Signed and numbered limited edition is $145
  • Limited Edition Rolled Canvas: 15″ x 40″  signed and numbered limited edition is $365 – Free shipping within the US.  

Retribution!

In April of 2016, the 190th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron deployed from its home base at Gowen Field, Idaho.  The 190th represent the citizen airman of the Idaho Air National Guard. The Skullbangars as they are known flew to Incirlik airbase in Turkey and immediately commenced round-the-clock airstrikes against ISIS. The A-10 Warthogs provided close air support for troops on the ground, destroyed ISIS buildings, and attacked the terrorists where ever they were found to be operating. During the deployment the Warthogs fired over 167,000 round of 30MM in addition to dropping thousands of precision guided bombs on the enemy.

In this dramatic scene, 2 Hogs are working together during an early morning mission. The lead Hog has just smoked ISIS fighters seeking concealment in an orchard below while the second A-10 has just blown up a vehicle born IED on the roadway.  In the distance you can see smoke from ISIS held buildings.

Retribution!  is available in two versions:

  • Archival Paper Print, Limited Edition: Size is 21″ x 32″ with image area of 15″ x 28″ – Signed and numbered limited edition of 100 prints is $135
  • Limited Edition Rolled Premium Canvas: Size is 15″ x 28″ – Signed and numbered canvas is $295
  • Limited Edition Full Size Rolled Premium Canvas: Size is 22″ x 40″ – Signed and numbered full size canvas is $395
  • Remarque Custom Drawing
Remarque
A Remarque is a original drawing that Rick creates in the border area of your print. Since this is a hand drawn, original piece of art, this option adds a significant increase in the rarity and value of your paper print.

Almost Quittin’ Time

 

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By early 1945, the air war over Germany had turned in favor of the allies. Though months of tough fighting remained, long range fighters like the P-51 Mustang and the continued pounding by American Bombers were ushering in the end game for the Germans.

In this painting, 78th Fighter Group P-51’s are escorting home B-17 Flying Fortresses. The primary Mustang, WZ-S was named, “Sherman Was Right” by her pilot 1Lt. Frank E. Oiler. The name was inspired by a famous speech given by Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman where he spoke of “war being hell.” The second mustang in the scene WZ-H was named Mischievous Nell and flown by Capt. James Farmer. Unfortunately WZ-S was lost on March 4th 1945. The ship was flown that day by 2Lt. Louis Hereford on an escort mission to Augsberg.

The B-17s in Rick’s painting are from the 303rd Bomb Group based at Molesworth, England. As the formation nears the coast of England at the end of the day. the Mustangs will peel off and head for their home at Duxford, England. Though everyone has to remain vigilant, the crews are mindful that it is “almost quittin’ time” for the day………and hopefully soon for the air war.

Almost Quittin’ Time is available in two versions:

  • Archival Paper Print, Limited Edition: Size is 10″ x 30″ – Signed and numbered limited edition of 78 prints is $145
  • Limited Edition Rolled Premium Canvas: Size is 10″ x 30″ – Signed and numbered canvas is $295

Last Demo, Baby

Last Demo, Baby

 

Who can forget the Hollywood film Top Gun? Though the movie put a young Tom Cruise on the map the real star of the show was the mighty F-14 Tomcat!

The Grumman build fighter was the U.S. Navy’s fleet defense fighter from 1975 until 2005. Being assigned to a Tomcat squadron was the dream of every Naval aviator during those years. Only the best were selected for Tomcats.

This painting depicts the final air show demonstration flown by an F-14 crew prior to the retirement of all Tomcats from Navy service in 2005.  Last Demo, Baby was commissioned by Radar Intercept Officer (RIO)  Joe “Smokin” Ruzicka. Smokin who had the distinction of flying the final air demo with his pilot, Jack “Rocco” Tangredi.

Last Demo, Baby is available in three versions:

  • Archival Paper Print, Limited Edition: Size is 15″ x 25″ – Signed and numbered limited edition of 114 prints is $179
  • Limited Edition Rolled Premium Canvas: Size is 18″ x 30″ – Signed and numbered canvas is $365
  • Limited Edition Rolled Premium Canvas: 24″ x 40″  Signed and numbered canvas is $545
Contact me for info about reprinting the Tomcat in your favorite squadron markings!!

 

 

Strike of the Habu

Strike of the Habu

The SR-71 Blackbird is one of the most iconic airplanes of the 20th century. Build by Lockheed in the early 1960s the mysterious reconnaissance aircraft flew higher and faster than any manned aircraft before or since. During the Cold War Blackbirds flew missions on a regular basis against Soviet targets and had over 1,000 missiles launched against it over the career of Blackbird operations. In this painting the landscape below is the Russian Naval base at Petropavlovsk on the Kamchatka peninsula. This area was a regular target for SR-71’s based at Kadena air base on Okinawa. Along with ballistic missile submarines, a major MiG base and ground base ballistic missile test sites were located in this area and made for a treasure trove of photographic and ELINT intelligence gathered on Blackbird missions.

Strike of the Habu is available in three versions:

  • Archival Paper Print, Limited Edition: Size is 12″ x 18″ – Signed and numbered limited edition of 100 prints is $95
  • Archival Paper Print, Limited Edition: Size is 18″ x 27″ – Signed and numbered limited edition of 71 prints is $275
  • Limited Edition Rolled Premium Canvas: 22″ x 32″  signed and numbered limited edition of only 50 is $395

Animas Crossing: Making Steam for Silverton

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Ole Engine number 480 is building a head of steam as the locomotive and passenger cars cross the Animas River at Timber Bridge. This newest painting is my first work depicting the great steam locomotives of the past.

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad (D&SNG) is a narrow gauge heritage railroad that operates 45.2 miles of track between Durango and Silverton, Colorado.

The route was originally opened in 1882 by the Denver & Rio Grande Railway to transport silver and gold ore mined from the San Juan Mountains. The line was an extension of the narrow gauge line from Antonito, Colorado to Durango. The last train to operate into Durango from the east was on December 6, 1968. The states of New Mexico and Colorado purchased 64 miles between Antonito and Chama, New Mexico, in 1970 and operates today as the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad.

The line from Durango to Silverton has run continuously since 1881. It is currently a tourist and heritage line hauling passengers and is one of the few places in the U.S. which has seen continuous use of steam locomotives.

This image is available in three versions:

  • Archival Paper Print, Limited Edition: Image size is 14″ x 24″ – Signed and numbered limited edition of 250 prints is $125
  • Limited Edition Rolled Canvas: 17″ x 29″  signed and numbered limited edition of only 60 is $345
  • Premium Full Sized Canvas:  34″ x 58″ (same as original painting) – only 15 signed and numbered, limited edition available at $775

Teammates

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During WWII, the U.S. Army Air Corps was the most dashing and sought out service branch that a young man could join. There was a certain romanticism of taking the war to the enemy, high above the ground in the unique flying machines of the day.

The Air Corps also took the highest casualties of the war. While British bombers struck Germany by night, American bombers attacked the Reich during daylight hours and many were shot down by German flack and fighters.  It wasn’t until the P-51 Mustang entered combat in the summer of 1944 that bomber crews had escort fighters that could guard them all the way to the targets in Germany and back to the safety of England.

In this painting , a damaged, Consolidated B-24 Liberator is on a lonely journey back to its base. The damage to the airplane has slowed it down and as the rest of the formation pulled ahead and is now out of sight.  The Liberator crew is on their own still in danger from the enemy. All of the sudden a P-51 Mustang  appears and pulls up in front of the wounded bird giving the crew something to ease their nerves. The escort fighters were called “little friends” by the bomber crews and although the missions of the airplanes were very different they were non-the-less, Teammates!

Teammates now available as a limited edition print OR canvas.

Print on heavy archival stock:

  • Premium Print: 12″ x 30″ signed and numbered limited edition of only 150 prints signed and numbered:  $145 
Limited edition canvas:
  • Premium Full Sized Canvas: 16″ x 40″  (same size as original oil painting) – only 50 signed and numbered limited editions available at only $445

Canvas is shipped rolled,; prepared for stretching and framing.

Red Devils over Ramadi

The finest Close Air Support aircraft ever built has been the venerable A-10 Thunderbolt II, more commonly known as the “Warthog!”  The A-10 entered service in the 1970’s and has proven itself in combat into its fourth decade of service. Though the United States Air Force has sought to retire the airplane since the 1990’s in favor of newer and higher tech airframes, the Warthog continues to survive and save countless lives of U.S. and coalition troops in every theater the airplane has served in.  This newest painting and print was commissioned by a member of the 107th Fighter Squadron upon the squadron’s return from combat in Iraq.

The story of the action is printed on the bottom of each print (see below) along with the squadron and wing patches of the Red Devils.

The 107th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron in Operation
INHERENT RESOLVE
9 April to 16 October 2015
The 107th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron “Red Devils” based at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Michigan
deployed its A-10C “Warthog” aircraft to Ahmed Al Jaber Air Base, Kuwait in support of coalition operations.  
While deployed, the unit became part of the 332d Expeditionary Operations Group which is a direct descendent
organization of the 332nd Fighter Group “The Tuskegee Airmen” also known as the Red Tails.  The Red Devils
and supporting Airmen of the 127th Wing proudly carried on the legacy of the Red Tails, adding yet another
chapter to the long history of Selfridge’s combat service.  
ATTACK!

Print on heavy archival stock:

  • Premium Print: 23″ x 31 with image area 18″ x 27″ signed and numbered limited edition of 75 is only $135
Limited edition artist’s canvas:
  • Premium Full Sized Canvas: 24″ x 36″  (same size as original oil painting) – only 15 signed and numbered limited editions available at $425

Canvas is shipped rolled.

Dropping the Hammer, Operation Opera

 

DroppingtheHammer, Operation Opera

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Early in the evening of 7 June, 1982, eight Israeli Air Force F-16’s appeared in sky near Baghdad Iraq.

The target was the Osiris Nuclear Reactor at the Al-Tuwaitha Nuclear Research center. In this scene the last jet in the formation flown by Ilan Ramon has just dropped his bombs. The mission had been months in the planning stages and was led by IAF Col. Ze’ev Raz. The F-16’s chosen for the mission had only been in the IAF inventory for a little over a year and the airplane had never been flown in combat prior by either the United States or any of the allies operating the Fighting Falcon.

The operation was thought to be a one way suicide mission by several of the pilots, but after the successful strike, all the aircraft returned home and landed without a scratch. The threat to the nation of Israel neutralized!

Prints on archival paper:

  • Print: Size 20″ x 30″ image size (25″ x 34″ overall size) – signed and numbered limited edition of 150 is $245
Limited edition canvas:
  • Canvas: 26″ x 40″ – signed and numbered limited edition of 50 is only $450