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 $165
  • Limited Edition Rolled Premium Canvas: Size is 10″ x 30″ – Signed and numbered canvas is $345

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 $445
  • 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!!

 

 

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:  $245 
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 $495

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

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 stock:

  • Print: Size 20″ x 30″ image size (25″ x 34″ overall size) – signed and numbered limited edition of 150 is $295
Limited edition canvas:
  • Canvas: 26″ x 40″ – signed and numbered limited edition of 50 is only $450

 

Grand Canyon Lightning

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Two Lockheed P-38 Lightnings outrun a summer thunderstorm as they fly below the weather and over the majestic landscape of the Grand Canyon.

The P-38 was manufactured by Lockheed aircraft company in Burbank, California during World War II. The airplane flew with Army Air Corps units in both the Pacific and European theaters. These particular Lightnings are on a ferry flight to the US East Coast to then be shipped by sea to fight against Nazi Germany. The lead airplane in the painting is P-38-L serial number 44-24630 and would serve with the 367th Fighter Group in France in 1944. The airplane became the personal mount of the units commanding officer, Colonel (Later General) Edwin S. Chickering.

Prints on heavy archival stock in two sizes:

  • Premium Print: 12″ x 25″ signed and numbered limited edition of 100 is $175
Limited edition rolled canvas in two sizes:
  • Canvas: 18″ x 36″  signed and numbered limited edition of 50 is $495
  • Premium Enhanced Full Sized Canvas:  24″ x 48″ (same as original painting) – only 10 signed, numbered, and artist enhanced limited edition available at $975

FRAMED ORIGINAL OIL AVAILABLE!  Contact us for quote.

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Horse of a Different Color: A Newfound Freedom

Horse of a Different Color: A Newfound Freedom

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In the mid to late nineteenth-century, the frontier and its rugged heroes became the protagonists of American lore. Cowboys were popular symbols of freedom across the nation, and their seemingly romantic lives in the West fascinated Americans who were forced to remain in stifling urban centers. As barbed wire enclosed more and more of the open range and true cattle driving cowboys became a rare breed, a new embodiment of freedom landed in the frontier.  In the early 1900’s, there was a new symbol of freedom found in aviation.  With a newfound dominion over the skies and a legendary lordship of the open range, freedom and its many forms was central to life in the American West.

In this painting, a Curtis JN-4 Jenny has made a surprise landing in a pasture within the Teton Valley of Wyoming. Running low on gas, flying over rugged territory, the pilot decided to set down and seek replenishment from a local shopkeeper. As this unusual event is taking place some of the locals happen upon the scene. You can only imagine what the cowboy and his herd must be thinking:  “Well, tarnation, look at that! Now that’s what I call, “A Horse of a Different Color!!”

Framed original oil is available. Please contact us for a quote.   **ORIGINAL OIL SOLD**

This original is offered in three limited editions:

Canvas signed limited edition of 100 and Artist Premium Enhanced Canvas signed limited edition of only 15.

Print on heavy archival stock:

  • Premium Print: Size 14 x 36 inches (18 x 40 overall size)  – signed and numbered limited edition is $225
Limited edition canvas:
  • Canvas: Size 14 x 36 inches with only 100 in the signed and numbered limited edition.  Limited edition is $385
  •  Artist Premium Enhanced Canvas:  Size 14 x 36 inches with 15 copies in the signed and numbered limited edition is $525

Canvas is shipped unstretched. Please feel free to contact me for more information or framing options.

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Sword of Thunder

Sword of Thunder

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From the earliest days of armed conflict, mankind carried weapons into battle under the power and intimidation of Horseback. Warriors from the all four corners of the globe charged into the face of their enemies with the advantage of height, speed, power. and the thunderous noise of an oncoming cavalry.

This painting, “Sword of Thunder,” was commissioned by the Boeing Company to celebrate the delivery of the new Apache Longbow presented to The Royal Saudi Land Forces of Saudi Arabia. The RSLF traces their history back to Bedouin warriors riding into battle on their powerful, beautiful Arabian steeds.

In this painting, Rick captures the power, intimidation, and lethality of the modern helicopter gunship juxtaposed to the warrior history of centuries prior.

This painting is available in a variety of sizes on both Canvas and Paper.

  • Canvas sizes are: 26 x 36 inches with only 64 in the limited edition.  Premium edition is $435.00
  • Canvas size 18 x 24 inches with 100 copies in the signed and numbered limited edition is $265.00
  • Premium Paper edition, measuring 21 x 29 inches and consisting of 64 signed and numbered prints is $295.00
  • Collectors Paper edition, measuring 16 x 22 inches, contains 100 prints in the edition is $165.00

Taking the Scenic Tour


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** NOW AVAILABLE – Limited Edition Canvas**

The F-14 Tomcat has been the Navy’s front line fighter since the 1970’s. In Rick Herter’s scenic portrayal, three Tomcats on a cross country flight enjoy a majestic view of the surrounding landscape. This historic formation features an F-14A from VF-14, the Top Hatters, in the lead. The right wing aircraft is an F-14B from VF-143, the world Famous Pukin Dogs. Completing the formation is the newest version of the Tomcat, an F-14D Super Tomcat of VF-31 the Tom Catters. The F-14 Tomcats have all been retired. All three of these squadrons were based at NAS Oceana, VA, which as home for all Tomcat Squadrons that served on east coast based aircraft carriers.  Oceana is also known as the home of Fighter Wing, Atlantic Fleet.



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**NEW** Limited Canvas Edition


  • Limited Edition Prints: 20″ x 8″
  • Signed and numbered by the artist
  • Paper Print – 200 Limited Editions….$75
  • Limited Edition Canvas: 41″ x 16″ 
  • Signed and numbered by the artist
  • Only 114 Limited Editions….$550 free shipping
  • Limited Edition Canvas with personalized squadrons on all three airplanes….$895 free shipping

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Heading Home Reflections

Heading Home Reflections

Two weary pilots, heading home after a tough mission, are treated to God’s pallet as the sun’s fading light paints the sky. This piece evokes a feeling of peace in the midst of war.

The Corsair was one of the most celebrated fighter/bomber aircraft in the Pacific theater. As well as being a tough adversary in air-to air combat against Japanese fighters, the airplane could also be used as a dive bomber and fitted with rockets became a perfect choice for supporting troops on the ground. The airplane performed so well during World War II that it was carried over and used in the Korean War. The F-4U was made famous in the 70’s TV show Baa Baa Black Sheep which depicted the story of Marine flying ace, Gregory “Pappy” Boington. The famed Navy Ace, Ira Kepford, of VF-17, the Jolly Rogers, flew the plane in scoring many of his aerial victories as well. The two F-4U Corsairs depicted in this painting by Rick Herter were from the Second Marine Air Division, based at Kadena airfield on the island of Okinawa late in the war.

This NEW canvas edition is very limited. The limited edition paper version of this print has been sold out and only available on the secondary market. Each canvas is printed to order and inspected before being signed and numbered by the artist.

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• 500 Printed Paper Editions… SOLD OUT
Image Area 14″ x 21″
 
**NEW**  100 Canvas Limited Editions
  • Canvas unstretched …$395
  • Canvas size: 18″ x 30″

  • Canvas stretched on wooden stretcher bars….$450
  • Canvas size: 18″ x 30″

 

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Showdown over the Bekaa

In June 1982, the skies over southern Lebanon saw the most massive dogfights since the end of WWII. For years, the PLO and Syrian Army had harassed the villages of northern Israel. Artillery and rocket barrages had taken a heavy toll on Israeli civilians. The Israeli Defense Forces decided to put an end to the attacks by launching a major offensive, code-named “Operation Peace for Galilee.” By invading southern Lebanon, the IDF hoped to drive the PLO to Beirut and then out of the country. Prior to the introduction of ground forces, the Israel Air Force would have to clear the skies of the Syrian Air Force. Of particular concern were the surface-to-air missile (SAM) sites in the Bekaa Valley. The numerous mobile and fixed sites had more than 200 missiles at their disposal, and accompanying the SAMs were nearly 400 anti-aircraft guns.

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After identifying the location of the ground threats, IAF F-4 Phantoms, A-4 Skyhawks, Kfirs and F-16’s went in as strike aircraft to take out the SAMs and triple-A. As the strike portion of the mission got underway, IAF E-2C Hawkeyes and UAV’s fed real-time intel to waiting F-15 Eagles prowling the skies. As Syrian MiG’s charged into the airspace, IAF F-15’s and F-16’s were waiting in ambush. Massive, swirling dogfights, with as many as 100-plus fighters all contesting for the same piece of sky from 30,000 feet to treetop level, took place. Before the battle was over, the IAF would claim 85 aerial victories-nearly 50 percent of the Syrian Air Force. The IAF lost only three aircraft, all to ground fire.

This print is reproduced from artist Rick Herter’s original oil painting. The original measured 34″ x 48″ and was commissioned by the Boeing company. The painting was then presented to the IAF and now hangs at IAF headquarters in Tel Aviv. Herter was invited to Israel and spent a week with the IAF as part of the research documentation for the painting.


Order a print of: Showdown over the Bekaa

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  • 350 Limited editions….$200
  • Image size 16″ x 26″
  • Print size 21″ x 30″

 


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