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.

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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.


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  • 350 Limited editions….$165
  • Image size 16″ x 26″
  • Print size 21″ x 30″

 


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Preparing for Arrival

The 737 is the most prolific commercial airliner in the skies today.  A variety of Boeing 737s is being flown by major carriers and small charter operators all over the world.  This Boeing 737-400 is making its initial approach to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

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LAN, Bridge across the Andes

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner of LAN Airlines in South America graces the beautiful Andes mountaintops in Peru. In the background, an Airbus A-350 from TAM Airlines passes. The opposite perspective (TAM in the foreground and LAN in the background) is presented in Rick Herter’s other work, “TAM, Bridge Across the Andes”.

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First with Guns

Dedicated to the spirit of the helicopter gunship pilot, this print honors the proud history of attack helicopters. The dramatic print captures over 40 years of U.S. Army aviation history. Beginning with the Huey UH-1B in Vietnam, transitioning to the AH-1 Cobra and finishing with the Boeing Apache Longbow over an Iraqi backdrop, this print has something for every gunship fan.

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  • 334 General Editions….$75
  • 100 Artist’s Editions*….$125
  • Overall size: 23″ x 31″
  • Image size: 18″ x 27″* The Artist’s Edition is similar to an artist’s proof. The print is the same as the General Edition, but the print run is smaller.