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

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….$200
  • 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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  • Giclée Canvas Edition (rolled)….$425
  • Giclée Canvas Edition (stretched)….$475
  • Canvas edition: 30″ x 20″
  • Limited edition of 100 canvas reproductionsIncludes a protective clear coat which provides a slight brush stroke texture.
    International orders will only ship rolled due to excessive shipping costs of large parcels.

 


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The New Dynasty

This painting was commissioned in 2005 by Rolls Royce North America, for whom Rick Herter has been painting regularly since 1997. Many of the paintings Herter has created for the company hang in the corporate board rooms of Rolls Royce customers around the world.

The New Dynasty is the first known fine art oil painting created by any artist of the new Boeing 787 Dream Liner. Up until now the images of the airplane have all been computer generated since the aircraft does not yet exist. The aircraft was painted with the help of schematic drawings and models that Boeing supplied to the artist. This painting was created to celebrate the business relationship between Rolls Royce, their engine customer Northwest Airlines and friends at Boeing. The Dream Liner is Boeing’s vision of the future of point-to-point airline travel. The aircraft has the range to operate both domestically and on the international stage as well. Much of Northwest’s history has been tied to their international Asian routes.

Rick Herter thought the tie between the new world of aviation technology and the old world of China made a perfect match both in image and name, hence the title “The New Dynasty.”

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  • 250 Limited Editions….$95
  • Overall size: 16″ x 24″
  • Image size: 12″ x 21″
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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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  • Giclée Canvas Edition (rolled)….$425
  • Giclée Canvas Edition (stretched)….$475
  • Canvas edition: 30″ x 20″
  • Limited edition of 100 canvas reproductionsIncludes a protective clear coat which provides a slight brush stroke texture.
    International orders will only ship rolled due to excessive shipping costs of large parcels.

 


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.