On the drawing board right now, is a VF-114 "Executioners/Aardvarks" lineage print. In order to get a complete lineup, these four brand new profiles have been completed. All from the 50s, while the squadron was called the "Executioners". Throughout the 50s the squadron operated no fewer than five different aircraft. The F8F-1 Bearcat (which isn´t on this site yet), the F4U-4B Corsair, the F9F-5 Panther and the F2H-3 Banshee. Some sources state that the squadron also have operated the F9F-6 Cougar, but i´ve been unable to verify that (any help on that matter would be greatly appreciated). Below you´ll find the VF-114 gallery as it looks at this moment. Soon to come is yet another of Grummans cat-fighters...I don´t believe i have to mention it´s name ;)
After completing the VMFA-314 profile lineage print, I had to work on a 3D print too. This piece features all 6 aircraft types the Black Knights have operated: F4U-1C Corsair, F9F-5 Panther, F4D-1 Skyray, F-4B Phantom (represents all Phantom variants the squadron have operated), FA-18A++ Hornet and the F-35C Lightning II. This piece is available both as wall art (many size and medium options to choose from, phone cover, t-shirts, towels etc etc etc from fineartamerica.com. To purchase click the link below:
For an upcoming project regarding the history of the Red Lightnings, these three profiles have been completed: The F9F-2 Panther, the F9F-8 Cougar and the FJ-3 Fury, covering their years from 1952 to 1958. At this time the squadrons designation was VF-91. The squadron would later be equipped with Crusaders and in 1963 be redesignated to VF-194 "Red Lightnings". The squadron would later fly both Phantoms and Tomcats, and those will of cause be covered too, but at a later date. Below is the three VF-91 profiles that have just been added to the VF section. Hope you like them !
For the upcoming Freelancers lineage print, two new aircraft have been completed: The F4U-4 Corsair and the F9F-5 Panther, as they appeared in 1951 and 1954 respectively. Back in those days the Freelancers were designated VF-64, and none of the aircraft were sporting the wellknown black panther patch. After the Panther was phased out of service, the Freelancers would fly Banshees, and later Demons before being one of the first squadrons to recieve the F4 Phantom. Those banshee and Demon is coming up next. How do you like these new additions ? To navigate to the VF-64 section click the image below: F4U-4 Corsair, VF-64 "Freelancers", 1951
Here´s a newly completed 3D piece. This one with the title "Headin´ Home". Three F9F-5 Panthers of VF-154 "Black Knights" is closing in to land on their aircraft carrier USS Yorktown (which can be seen in the distance) . VF-154 was deployed aboard USS Yorktown as a part of CVG-15 from Jul. 1st, 1954 to Feb. 28th 1955. When the squadron returned to CONUS the Panthers were traded for FJ-3 Furys. Please let me know how you like this new 3d piece
The Pukin´ Dogs lineage print is now complete! The print consists of the FA-18E Super Hortnet that VFA-143 currently operates, a F-14B Tomcat as it appeared shortly before transition to the Super Hornet, a F-4J Phantom which the operated in the 60s and 70s. The F3H-2 Demon is from VF-53 which was the squadrons designated before it was turned into VF-143. Above the Demon there´s a F9F-8 Cougar from VF-123, which was the designation of the squadron before VF-53, above that the F9F-2 Panther and finally the F4U-4 Corsair of VF-871 which was the first designation in the Pukin´ Dogs lineage. Please let me know how you like it ;) Should any of you out there, be interested in a the Pukin´ Dogs lineage print to hang on your wall, you´ll not have to wait long for it to become available for sale. Below is a few close up samples of the print.
- Aircraftprofiles selection GalleryA-3 Skywarrior, A-4 Skyhawk, A-5/RA-5 Vigilante, A-6 Intruder, EP-3 Aries, F-100 Super Sabre, F-101 Voodoo, F-102 Delta Dagger, F-104 Starfighter, F-105 Thunderchief, F-111 Aardvark, F-117 Nighthawk, F-16 Fighting Falcon, F-35 Lightning II, F-4 Phantom, F-8 Crusader, F-86 Sabre, F4D Skyray, F4U Corsair, F9F Cougar, F9F Panther, FJ Fury, P-3 Orion
Wonder what aircraft that´s currently available from aircraftprofiles.net ? Watch the video below and you´ll know all about it ;) https://youtu.be/MZPY_XpD2mk
...there were the "Flaming Panthers" ! During the Korean War VF-837 was called into action, and would soon become a frontline squadron, given the designated VF-154 (in 1954). In those early years the name of the squadron was the Flaming Panthers, but in 1957 their name changed to the Black Knights, which is still active to this very day. Below is a profile depicting the F9F-2Bs of VF-837 as their appeared when they were activated and flew missions over Korea. To view the VF-154 profiles on this page, click the image below. F9F-5 Panther, VF-154 "Flaming Panthers", 1954
This aircraft doesn´t look like much, but its service marked an important milestone in naval aviation: With Lt(jg) Leonard Plog behind the stick this aircraft shot down a Yak-9 over Pyongyang on Jul. 3rd, 1950, making it the first Jet aircraft from the US navy to shoot down another aircraft. With that aircraft now completed the VF-51 lineage have gotten even closer to completing, and I thought it was a good time to display the VF-51 aircraft i currently have depicted. Of the depicted aircraft three have an aerial victory under its belt. So left is only to ask: Do you have a favorite among them ? Click the link below to be taken to the VF-51 section.
This is an all new 3D piece from my hand ! This depicts F9F-5 Panthers from VF-111 "Sundowners" while deployed aboard USS Lake Champlain CV-39 during the winter of 1952/53, during the Korean war. For reasons unknown to me VF-111 operated both Midnight Blue and NM finished Panthers during that deployment, but I thought it makes for a cool subject for a winter scene, where the flight deck is closed during a blizzard. Snow is staring to cover the aircraft and the wooden deck, and the troops on the ground have to do without air support for the next few hours, or possibly days. The piece have yet to get a title, but as always: i´m looking for inspiration, so please let me know what would be a fitting title for this piece. Below you´ll find a series of detail shots of this piece, which soon will become available via aviationgraphic.com ..and here´s a sample of the print: