Sword of Thunder

Sword of Thunder

Sword of Thunder (click for larger image)

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

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

Taking the Scenic Tour

** 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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Order: Taking the Scenic Tour

**NEW** Limited Canvas Edition


  • Limited Edition Prints: 20″ x 8″
  • Signed and numbered by the artist
  • Paper Print – 200 Limited Editions….$75
  • Limited Edition Canvases: 41″ x 16″ (stretched at 40″ x 16″)
  • Signed and numbered by the artist
  • Only 114 Limited Editions….$550
  • Limited Edition Canvas with personalized squadrons on all three airplanes….$750

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Where in the World is Rick Herter?

Rick is out of town at an undisclosed location working on a special project.

This is a surprise for the honoree.  The details and location information will be revealed soon! Here is a photo of Rick as he begins the project.  Check back for updates and more photos!

Work continues.  Here is the latest photo from the top secret location today:

Photos from earlier this week:

Into the Wind; The USS Enterprise on Yankee Station

One of the most storied warships to ever sail the oceans was the USS Enterprise, CVN-65. The Enterprise, the world’s first nuclear powered aircraft carrier was launched on November 25, 1961 and served for 51 years until inactivated on December 1, 2012.

The first deployment at the tip of the spear for the gallant warship was in the fall of 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Rounding out her career, Enterprise and her strike aircraft supported combat operations in the skies over Iraq and Afghanistan.

“Into the Wind, Enterprise on Yankee Station” depicts a typical combat service off the coast of Vietnam.  The waters off the coast of Vietnam were nicknamed “Yankee Station” by the carriers and their crews. In this particular scene, fighters and strike aircraft from the Carrier Air Wing launch into the color drenched, tropical sky for an early evening attack on North Vietnamese targets. F-4 Phantoms will provide the protective escort against enemy MiG’s while A-6 Intruders and A-4 Skyhawks will rain steel.

As the artist, my hope is that this image will be a fitting tribute to the great ship and all who crewed and flew from her deck, during times of peace and war.

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Order: Into the Wind

Signed and numbered.

Choose from:

• Open Edition Print – Signed…$125

Image area 10″ x 18″ – overall print size 14″ x 22″

• Limited Edition Print (only 65 available) – Signed and numbered with USS Enterprise Logo.

Image area 15″ x 27″ – overall print size 20″ x 31″ …$295.00

• Limited Edition Canvas – Signed, numbered, and hand embellished by the artist

Size is the same as the original oil painting – 20″ x 36. This personalized canvas will have a portion of the image, hand painted by the artist.   $595.00

Contact the artist for frame sizes and pricing.

 

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Today in the studio…

“Flying the Union Jack” is the working title for the latest A-380 painting in my series for Airbus.

This painting will showcase the first A-380 to enter service with British Airways a little later this year.  As the majestic aircraft flies down the River Thames, if you look closely, you will be able to pick out landmarks like Big Ben, Parliament, and the London Eye. It was said that the sun never sets on the British Empire. With each passing month, more A-380s are being delivered to airlines around the world.  The sun never sets on A-380 flights around the globe.

Prints will be available once Airbus receives the original oil painting and presents it to British Airways.

From the Studio to Thailand

It continues to fascinate me that I can work with people around the world via modern technology and the internet. This painting of the USS Enterprise on Yankee Station during Vietnam is one of my current projects. The piece was commissioned by a customer in Bangkok, Thailand.

As the painting has come to life, I’ve been able to email these photos of progress every few days.   My customer, Chakrit, has been able to interact with me and watch his painting come to life. It’s not quite as personal as having him come by the studio and watch. Nonetheless, technology has connected customer and artist and we’ve both had fun as a result!

If you may be interested in commissioning an original painting, go to the “contact” tab and shoot me a note! Or feel free to email me at RickHerterArt@gmail.com.  We can discuss options that make a piece affordable for almost anyone.

 

 

 

 

Live from the studio…

This is happening right now in the studio. Work continues on the USS Enterprise as Rick begins work on the island of the aircraft carrier. The F-4 Phantom has just been launched.  The H-3 aircrew rescue helicopter is flying parallel to the carrier during flight ops.

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Tonight in the studio…


 

The USS Enterprise drawing “on the canvas” is nearly finished. I’ve been experimenting with the sizes and angles of the Phantom launching off the catapult, the rescue helicopter, and the escort destroyer. The next thing I’ll do before beginning to paint is to sketch in the basic skyscape. Once finished, this painting will begin a long journey to its new home with a collector in Bangkok, Thailand.

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What’s New in the Studio?

This sketch of the USS Enterprise is for a painting commissioned by an overseas collector. This particular collector owns my limited edition print of the USS Ranger and my Giclee canvas of the USS Lincoln. He loved the Lincoln so much that he commissioned an original painting. The historical time for the Enterprise piece will be the Vietnam era. I’ll post photos of the work in progress and you’ll see the painting come to life.  Stay tuned for more!

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National Guard Honor

One of the highlights of my career is working with men and women in our armed forces. Several years ago I worked with the North Dakota Air National Guard out of Fargo and flew with them in the F-16 on a “Noble Eagle” mission over Washington, DC.  This experience, and several weeks of research with members of the unit, culminated in my painting, “First Pass, Defenders over Washington.” The painting depicts the moment in time when NDANG pilot, Capt. Dean Eckmann arrived over the Pentagon just a few minutes after the September 11, 2001 attack.

As a result of that project I made many friends and have had the opportunity to support the North Dakota Guard via my art. I’m honored for beingincluded in the 2013 Family Support calendar! Thank you all, out there in Rough Rider Country!

There are less than 100 signed and numbered limited edition prints available out of the original 1250.

Go to:   “First Pass, Defenders over Washington” to view the larger image.

 

 

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The New American

Congratulations to my friends at American Airlines on the recently unveiled “New Look” of the New American. I had the honor of meeting a few of the staff and employees as I signed prints for them during an event sponsored by Airbus.  Airbus commissioned a painting that was presented to the airline in celebration of their history and the future of the “New American.”  The design of the new livery was not yet finalized so I was not able to incorporate it into this painting. Signed prints are still available on my website.

To see the print:  Click Here

Above:  Left to Right

Rick Herter, Artist.  Herb Franck, Vice President of Airline Sales, Airbus. Tom Horton, CEO, American Airlines.  Barry Eccleston, CEO Airbus Americas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rick signs prints for staff

photo credits:  HarryPhoto.com

 

 

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In the studio tonight…

Rick works on a preliminary sketch for a future project. So this is where it begins… Details coming soon!

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Shipped from the studio today!

Orient Express

Thai Airways Airbus A-380

Commissioned by Airbus (Toulouse, France) to be presented as a gift to Thai Airways (Bangkok, Thailand). Rick loved creating this due to the rich colors found along the coastal shore of Thailand. Out of several Airbus paintings he has created, this one has the most unique and colorful paint scheme.

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Commissioned work only.   

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If Only I Could Fly

I grew up on a farm in Southwest Michigan. The small town airport of Dowagiac was only a few miles away. A single, short, paved runway, an intersecting grass strip and a few hangars and ramshackle buildings made up the airstrip and FBO. The place I loved to ride my bike to was managed by a former WWII pilot by the name of Don LaPoint. Don flew B-24’s over Europe in the war and then returned home to run the airport and a small flight school. My very first airplane ride was purchased by my Mom and on my 13th birthday my feet finally slipped the fetters of earths gravity, for a ride with Don in a Cessna 150.

Because of the layout from the air and the distance from the airport, our farm was a navigational point and students would make a turn over the fields I worked in as a young boy. I spent many a moment gazing up through the hot sunshine of a summer day at Cessnas and Pipers as they flew over. The most vivid memory was of wishing that it was me up there and wanting to experience the adventure of flight. Little did I know that my artistic skills, yet developing at the time, would be the route to fulfilling that dream someday.

 

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NEW!  Available now!

Signed and numbered – Limited Edition

Choose from:

• 150 Paper Print Editions …$95
Image area: 8″ x 12″  – Printed size: 11″ x 15″

• Only 25 Artist Proofs …$185
Image area: 8″ x 12″  – Printed size: 11″ x 15″ with additional remarque drawing



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Dawn Operations, Abe Lincoln Style

The USS Lincoln, like many of her sister ships, are floating cities. Each is a self-sustained floating airport that’s sovereign U.S. territory. When deployed, they operate with their own ZIP code, post office, hospital, dental clinic, barbershops, athletic facilities and chapels. More than 18,000 meals are prepared daily for a crew of over 5000. The Carrier Air Wing, or CVW operates with approximately 80 aircraft from rescue helicopters to fighter aircraft and the ship and aircraft operate 24/7.

In my painting I wanted to capture this awesome warship that never sleeps, juxtaposed to even greater elements of the sky and sea at dawn. If you look closely you’ll see an aircraft about to be launched, it’s afterburners glowing in anticipation of being flung down the deck by the catapult. Aircraft from past deployments like the now retired F-14 Tomcat sit parked near the fan tail of the vessel. And on final approach an F/A-18 Hornet is about to trap (land) aboard. You also see one of the many additional vessels of the Carrier Battle Group. An escort destroyer plies the waters ahead of the mighty Lincoln giving protection and support on another long day of operations. As the artist I dedicate this painting to all sailors, past and present, who stand watch worldwide for liberty and freedom.

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Order: Dawn Operations, Abe Lincoln Style

Signed and numbered.

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• 172 Printed Paper Editions …$125
Printed size: 11″ x 21″

• 172 Canvas Limited Editions (Unstretched)…$295
Canvas size: 14″ x 24″

• Canvas stretched on wooden stretcher bars….$345
Canvas size: 14″ x 24″



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In the Courtyard of God

A Navy F-14 Tomcat from Fighter Squadron Two, The Bounty Hunters, cruises above a brilliant sunlit cloud deck. As the crew makes haste for their destination the subtle colors of the afterburner are visible against the oncoming night sky.

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Not your squadron? The canvas edition can be customized to include your squadron markings and even F-14 variant!  Contact me for details.


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Prints are signed by the artist and numbered


NEW!!!

Choose from:

  • 114 Paper Giclée Limited Editions….$155
  • 114 Canvas Giclée Limited Editions (Rolled)….$235
  • 114 Canvas Giclée Limited Editions (Stretched)….$285
  • Canvas Giclée Limited Edition w/ customization* (Rolled)….$385
  • Canvas Giclée Limited Edition w/ customization* (Stretched)….$435
  • Overall size (paper): 16″ x 25″
  • Image size (both canvas & paper): 12″ x 22″
  • *Add customization to any squadron markings or Tomcat model variant! (Please indicate squadron and variant in comments section during checkout. Expect an additional 2-3 weeks for customization.)

 


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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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Order a print of: The New Dynasty

Signed by the artist and numbered


  • 250 Limited Editions….$95
  • Overall size: 16″ x 24″
  • Image size: 12″ x 21″
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Milestones

Gulfstream aircraft have always been considered the finest of all private and corporate jets. Perhaps there is no other aircraft as beautiful in the air as the new Gulfstream 550, which is shown front and center in this print. The 550 has set the new benchmark for technology and performance in the luxury jet market. Ghosted into the skyscape is the gulfstream that began the storied lineage the G-1. This print celebrates over 50 years of Gulfstream heritage.

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Signed by the artist and numbered


  • 200 Limited Editions….$110
  • Overall size: 20″ x 28″
  • Image size: 15″ x 24″

 


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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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Order a print of: LAN, Bridge across the Andes

Signed by the artist and numbered


  • 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.

 


Jewels of the Emirate

The largest passenger aircraft in the world, the double-decker Airbus A-380 flown by Emirates makes for an awesome sight as it passes over Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

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Order a print of: Jewels of the Emirate

Signed by the artist and numbered


  • 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.

 


The Color of Courage

“In the summer of 2008, I received a call from a film director for George Lucas. Mr. Lucas wanted to film a movie dedicated to the Tuskegee Airmen. Out of those conversations for possible involvement in the film, this painting began.

The Tuskegee Airmen began as a WW II experiment in integrating African-American soldiers into the cockpits of combat aircraft. Many in the white command structure of the armed forces thought this was a foolhardy idea because they thought that these men had neither the mental capability to learn to fly or the courage needed in combat. Were it not for orders from President Roosevelt himself, one of the greatest stories of WW II would have never been written.

The Tuskegee Airmen went on to achieve such notable success in the skies over Italy and Europe that bomber squadrons commanded by white officers would request that the unit specifically be used to escort them through the dangerous skies above Germany.

In this painting, one of the Tuskegee Airmen flying his red-tailed Mustang, gives chase fast and low to a German Focke-Wulf 190. The Red Tails, as they were called, destroyed close to 300 enemy aircraft and had the lowest bomber escort loss rate of any American air unit during the war.

I have used some artist’s license in the creation of this piece. Historically the Red Tails had several low level chases that led to aerial kills and those kills inspired my painting. But those victories were in the summer and fall of 1944 flying the earlier “B” model Mustangs. The unit transitioned into the “D” model in late 1944. Though my painting does not portray an actual specific event, I chose to paint the “D” for it’s more striking lines, giving chase over a full foliage landscape which probably would not have been found during the late war operation of the airplane in the hands of the Red Tails. I think it makes for a more dramatic and colorful work of art and I hope you enjoy it.” ~Rick Herter

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Order a print of: The Color of Courage

Prints are signed by the artist and numbered


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  • 250 Limited Edition Canvas Giclee Prints (Unstretched)….$220
  • Limited Edition Canvas Giclee Print (Stretched)….$269
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  • Image size: 16″ x 22″

 


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″

 


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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Order a print of: CAS with Teeth

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  • 250 Limited Editions….$150
  • 110 Canvas Editions….$350
  • Canvas with your own squadron or fighter wing markings*….$425
  • Overall size: 22″ x 32″ (Limited edition)
  • Image size: 18″ x 27″ (Limited edition)
  • Image size: 22″ x 32″ (Canvas)*Please indicate desired custom squadron or fighter wing markings in comments section during checkout.

 


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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Choose from:

  • 150 Limited Editions….$145
  • 25 Artist’s Proofs….$225
  • Canvas Giclee Editions….$425
  • Canvas with your own squadron or fighter wing markings*….$475Limited Edition
  • Overall size: 34″ x 23″
  • Image size: 30″ x 18″Artist’s Proof
  • Overall size: 38″ x 27″
  • Image size: 35″ x 23″Canvas Edition (Canvas ships rolled)
  • 35″ x 23″*Please indicate desired custom squadron or fighter wing markings in comments section during checkout.

 


Blue Water Ops

This KA-6 Intruder pilot will breathe a sigh of relief after he has touched down aboard the carrier USS Ranger (CV-61) just before sunset. Those last critcal moments before touchdown are never routine and never taken for granted by any carrier pilot.

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Signed by the artist and numbered


  • 950 Limited editions….$125
  • 27″ x 18″