Here´s my latest piece, depicting Cunningham and Driscolls mission on May. 10th, 1972. The very day the pair shot down three MIG-17s, combined with the two they already have shot down, May 10th was also the day the two earned the status for Fighter Aces. Story goes that Showtime 100 had just released its load of Mk 20 Rockeyes, and shortly after was being jumped by a flight of MIG-17s. At that time the Phantom was flying slow, and was banking hard to see the impact of the Rockeyes. The aircraft had little momentum and the MIG-17 zoomed by the Phantom, putting it in a favorable shooting position. While enroute to USS Constellation, a third MIG-17 engaged the Phantom. Piloted perhaps by the fabled Colonel Tomb. That too was shot down. Showtime 100 however, never made it back to USS Constellation, Just off shore the aircraft crashed but Cunningham and Driscoll was saved by a Navy helicopter and made it back to the carrier soon after being picked up.
This piece lacks a title, so let me know if you have a good idea 🙂
Hope you all like it