Thunder over Kunar

Thunder Over Kunar by Rick Herter
Rick Herter was commissioned by the 74th Fighter Squadron, the World Famous Flying Tigers, while they were still deployed and in combat over the skies of Afghanistan in 2013. The squadron requested a specific battle that they had flown in, re-created by the artist and the result is his finest A-10 piece to date, Thunder over Kunar.   Early on the morning of 6 April 2013, a small American team in Kunar Province, Afghanistan became surrounded by a much larger enemy force. Taking heavy fire and in danger of being overrun, the American element called for Close Air Support; the call was answered by A-10s from the 74th Fighter Squadron. Working in close coordination with AH-64 Apaches and AC-130 gunships, the several flights of “Hawgs” located, marked and prosecuted numerous enemy positions on the high terrain. When a Quick Reaction Force convoy was sent to extract the American team, it, too, took heavy fire from the surrounding mountains as it bottlenecked in the treacherous passes. The 74th pilots worked throughout the day to break contact with the enemy, expending 5,470 rounds of 30 mm cannon and 4500 lbs of ordnance in a firefight that lasted eight hours. The A-10s remained overhead until all friendly forces were extracted; the Taliban ended the day in full retreat, having suffered over 50 casualties.

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Order: Thunder Over Kunar

The overall print size is 26 1/2″ High x 33″ Wide. The print image area is, 21 1/2 x 30

The Standard Edition is signed and numbered by the artist with 174 prints in the edition. The print will also be signed by several Flying Tiger pilots of the current 74th FS.

  • Standard Edition Prints: $145.00
The Chennault Edition is signed and numbered and limited to 50 prints. Each print has a P-40 drawing by the artist reproduced in the Drawingboarder of the print. In addition to the drawing the print is also signed by several members of the current squadron who flew combat over Afghanistan
  • Chennault edition: $225.00

Clearing the Path

The silence of the rugged Afghan landscape is broken by the shock and awe of British airborne forces. The path through enemy territory is cleared by the ferocity of an AH-64 Apache Longbow flown by the British 9th regiment. Coming in hot on the Apache’s heels is a CH-47 Chinook carrying in British ground forces. The original painting of Clearing the Path was commissioned by a corporate client of Rick Herter’s and presented to the British 9th Regiment in honor of the unit’s heroic service in Afghanistan.

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  • 200 Limited Editions….$110
  • Overall size: 20″ x 25″


Burn it Down

In the fall of 2010, the Tiger Sharks of the 75th Fighter Squadron, 23rd Wing at Moody Air Force Base deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan. While in theater the pilots and their distinctive A-10C’s performed heroically in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. One series of missions took place over the Helmand River Valley. The depiction above shows four Tiger Sharks, callsign “Hawg,” conducting coordinated attacks. Below, coalition forces are locked in a pitched battle and the JTAC clears the Tiger Sharks in on the target by calmly stating, “We’ve been cleared hot as a four-ship on that tree line…BURN IT DOWN!”

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  • 150 Limited Paper Editions:  Image size 18″ x 30″ Overall size 27″ x 38″    $145