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.

DFC Over Baghdad

On 10, April 2003 A-10 Warthogs from the 110FW 172 FS flew a harrowing mission wherein Lt. Col. Dave “Baja” Kennedy and Maj. Scott “Hoss” Cuel answered a call from U.S. ground troops for desperately needed close air support.

An embattled Marine Corps unit was pinned down by RPG and small arms fire from an Iraqi Army and insurgent force. The Marines were taking heavy casualties and unable to evacuate their wounded. The commanding officer called the Warthogs in to lay down fire only a few meters away from his own troops. The guns pass by the A-10’s broke the back of the Iraqi ambush and saved the lives of over fifty Marines. For their actions that day, Kennedy and Cuel were awarded the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross.

Signatures

  • Lt. Col. Dave “Baja”      KENNEDY
  • Maj. Scott “Hoss” CUEL

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CAS with Teeth

In 2003 Rick was invited by the Air Force to travel to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. While there, he would help historically document the Air Force mission through art for the Air Force Art Program. The artist flew several missions over the length and breadth of the country. One of the places he visited was the captured Iraqi Air Base at Tallil, which is near Basra. A-10 Warthogs from the 110th Fighter Wing, Michigan Air National Guard and the 23rd Fighter Group, Pope Air Force Base, were flying missions from the air base against Iraqi targets.

CAS is the military term for Close Air Support. In this dramatic scene a Hawg from the 23rd FG, 74 FS makes a tight, descending turn as he begins ingress against a target in downtown Baghdad. The Hawg pilot has started to dispense flares to draw off any potential SAM missiles from his heavily armed aircraft. In the distance you’ll notice the Hawg driver’s wingman pulling up to altitude after his attack on the target. The reference photos used in this painting were taken by the artist on one of his missions over Baghdad.

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