With the completion of the FA-18 Legacy Hornet, it have finally become possible to do a VF-161 "Chargers" lineage print. The print features the squadron very first aircraft the F3H-2 Demon, and four F-4 Phantoms and the squadrons very last aircraft the FA-18A Hornet. The print also features MIG kill markings of each of the squadrons six aerial victories in the skys above Vietnam. The size of the print is 36x12 inches and will be made available via Aviationgraphic.com very soon. Let me know how you like it. If you want to have a closer look at the depicted aircraft, click here for VF-161 and here for VFA-161
As usual I don´t have a name for this piece...some of you might be able to help me with that. Please let me hear your suggestions in the comments below ;) This piece depicts a F-4J Phantom of VF-84 Jolly Rogers, putting the throttles to max just seconds before being shot of the deck of USS Roosevelt (CVA-42). The Shooter is giving the launch signal, and the steam catapult are ready to accelerate the Phantom to launch speed in a matter of seconds. I´ve been trying to capture the heat, noise and intensity of the moment, but let me know if you think i´ve nailed it ;) below is a few samples of the piece (not in full resolution, but about 2/3s the resolution of the original). [/fusion_text][/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]
The Swordsmen operated the F-4 Phantom from 1966 to 1973 when the squadron transitioned to F-14 Tomcats, along with it´s sister squadron VF-14. This illustration depicts the very last paint scheme ever to have been worn by a Swordsmen Phantom. VF-32 were among the first squadrons to get the all new F-14 Tomcat and thus the squadron didn´t operate the F-4 for long. Perhaps thats why you don´t see as many photos of VF-32 Phantoms around the web...a bit of a shame, as they actually are both quite attractive and different from the style used on most other contemporary squadrons. What to read the CVW-1 article in its entirety ? Here´s a link (If you read it, make sure to let me know what you think) Here´s the VF-32 album in its entirety:
It´s no secret that I´m currently working on a article about the colors and markings of F-4 Phantom in CVW-1 service. At the moment 15 illustrations have been made and 5 more will follow. Here´s a few teasers that will show you what to expect: Two profiles of VF-14 F-4B Phantoms (CAG bird from the 1965 and the 1971 deployements respectively), and a F-4B Phantom of VF-32 "Swordsmen" from the Vietnam war deployment in 1966. It´s been an interesting journey to delve into the paint schemes of the two squadrons, but also to keep track of the various updates that were given to the squadrons aircraft between and during the deployments. With the kind help of Peter Greengrass these illustrations have been made and will be made available to you in Smoke Trails magazine this summer (at a later date also on this site. Click the illustrations below to be taken to the VF-14 and VF-32 sections
A New piece have just been completed ! The very last MIG killer of the Vietnam war is about to trap aboard USS Midway (CVA-41) in 1973. The aircraft was piloted by Lt. Kovaleski and Lt. Wise, when they shot down a MIG-17 on Jan. 12th, 1973. Artistically this was an attempt to capture the Phantom landing the last minutes of the of sunlight, in order for the aircraft to stand out against the dark background. It was attempted to capture the size and speed of the Phantom as it was about to trap aboard the carrier deck. This piece has yet to get at title. If anything comes to mind, please let me know ! Below is a few snippets of the piece in a higher (not full) resolution.
During the process of updating the VMFA gallery, I was made aware that the section had some shortcomings. So I had to do something about that, and here´s my first effort: Four new USMC F-4 Phantom renditions! the depicted squadrons are VMFA-251, -312,-314 and -334. All of which can be found in the VMFA section (click the image below to be taken to the gallery). Hope you like them ;) Click image to be taken to the VMFA section
No introduction needed for this bird: The Mighty Scat XXVII, flow by none other than Col. Olds, on the mission where he made his last official MIG-kill. At low altitude while crossing a ridge, the MIG was exposed toward the sky and the last of Olds´ AIM-9Bs tracked and flew right up the tailpipe of the MIG. In this piece i have taken a few artistic liberties, the most apparent is the MIG kill markings on the splitter plate...they just looked too cool not to include. Let me know what you think of my depiction of this legendary jet and its legendary driver.
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 [...]
A F-4 Phantom and a F-14 Tomcat both from VF-21 have been completed. Let´s make this a friendly "cyber dogfight" and see which of the two get the most likes. I decided to undertake the endevour of making another lineage print. This time depicting the the lineage of VF-21 "Freelancers". In order to do that quite a few new paint schemes had to be completed, and this is the first result: A F-4J Phantom of the Freelancers as it appeared in 1975, arguably in the period where US navy aircraft were most colorful. I also completed a F-14A Tomcat of the Freelancers, which also can be found by clicking the image below: F-14A Tomcat, VF-21 "Freelancers", 1986