The fourth installment of the "Half Century. Baby!" prints are now available from Aircraftprofileprints.com . This piece depicts as Dissimilar ACM exercise near NAS Fallon. Two F-5Ns of the adversary squadron VFC-13 "Saints" are engaging two F-14 Tomcats, one of which is breaking high and the other breaking right, as their first move in the upcoming dog fight. The print is available from Aircraftprofileprints.com in paper (35 x 23"-$65) - click image below to purchase ...and as a "ready-to-hang" Aluminium print (35 x 23"-$230) Here´s a sample of "Bogeys inbound!" in it´s entirety
In a Close air-to-air combat scenario, who will win? The F-14 Tomcat or the F-16 Viper? The answer is not a straight forward as you might think. The story behin dthe march issue of the "Half Century, Baby!"-prints tells the story of CDR Keith “Okie” Nance who developed a DACT technique which made gun kills on F-16s possible from the much lagrer F-14. In Okies own words: "The beautiful weather and pristine sea surrounding Naval Air Station Key West has been ideal for those seeking the sun and for Dissimilar Air Combat Training (DACT). By 1989, the penultimate Adversary Aircraft was the F-16N “Viper” which had an amazing thrust-to-weight ratio and ability to execute 9G turns. That made for a formidable adversary for Tomcat Aircrews as they learned out to fight their aircraft during the Fleet Readiness Squadron (FRS) Tactics Phase typically conducted out of Key West to take advantage of the weather. Experienced Tomcat pilots found that even the F-16N [...]
I have had the pleasure of doing the cover for the forthcoming Casemate book "Eyes of the Fleet Over Vietnam" by Kenneth V. Jack. If you are familiar with Kenneth Jacks other works, there should be plenty to look forward to! The book deals with Recce-Crusader missions over Vietnam. The cover depicts a mission by a RF-8G flying off the deck of USS Midway. While conducting a post-strike evaluation mission, the RF-8G was struck by AAA fire. The aircraft was hit in the main fuel tank and exploded just seconds after the pilot had escaped the stricken aircraft. The book will feature the pilots story in his own word, aswell as many other recounts of missions over Vietnam. Make sure to get your copy as soon at the book is released in the Fall of 2021.
This new piece was made in close collaboration with David "Hey Joe" Parsons, and depics a mission flown on Feb. 12th, 1991 over Iraq during Operation Desert Storm. This print was made as a part of a 12 art piece series. Each month of 2021 will feature a new Tomcat print, each of them depicting a new aspect of the Tomcats rich history. The series goes by the name: "Half Century, Baby!" with this piece being the first of the 12. "Going to Big Al" depeicts a flight of two TARPS equipped F-14A Tomcat were set to fly over a factory complex in the northen Iraq. The here described in Hey Joes own words: "One of the top targets during Desert Storm was the Al Qa’im Super Phosphate Plant near the Syrian border. Al Qa’im had a role in refining Yellowcake Uranium for use in weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and harboring SCUD missile launchers making it a top priority target. [...]
With the FJ-4B Fury finally complete, I couldn´t resist putting it in to a scene. This piece depicts a flight of two FJ-4B Furies of VA-63 "Fighting Redcocks" in 1959 while operating of USS Midway (CVA-41). With the completion of the FJ-4B Fury i now will be able to do lineage prints of a number of both Navy and Marine fighter and attack squadron...first one on the drawing board will be the Fighting Redcocks. Below is a few detail shots of the print, and below that a sales link. Hope you like it!
A New print have been completed! This time a F-4J Phantom of VF-103 "Sluggers" shortly before scoring the Navys first and only night MIG Kill. on Aug. 10th, 1972, Lt Cdr Robert E. Tucker , Jr and Lt(jg) Stanley B. Edens fired two AIM-7E Sparrows at a MIG-21 while performing MIGCAP during an Alphastrike. Both missiles found their target and the MIG-21 was destroyed making the two the first and only Phantom crews in the US NAVY to claim a night kill. This piece depicts the scene...however, there´s been taken a few artistic liberties on this one... The kills happend at a lower altitude and the MIG was on the port side of the Phantom. But i really liked the composition of thi sone, so I stuck to it. To purchase click the link below:
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 ;)
A WC-121N Warning Star (Willy Victor) of VW-1 "Typhoon Trackers" passing through some rough weather in 1969. This piece have just been completed today, and was infact an attempt to try out a new method of render composite. Once completed I thought i might aswell show it to you as i liked the mood in it. I hoep you agree ;) It´s available from fineartamerica.com, by clicking the link below:
The VFA-102 Diamondbacks 3D lineage print is now available! This piece features one of each aircraft type the squadron have operated: F2H-4 Banshee, F4D-1 Skyray, F-4J Phantom (representing all the Phantom variants the squadron have operated), F-14B Tomcat (representing all the Tomcat variants the squadron have operated) and the FA-18F Super Hornet. 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:
The Black Lions lineage have been completed! For this piece six profiles have been completed in order for this piece to be completed. The F2H-4 Banshee which were operated in the mid-50s, the F4D-1 Skyray of the later 50s/early 60s, the F3H-2 Demon of the early 60s, the F-4J Phantom which was active from the 60s to the late 70s (B,J and G models), the F-14D Tomcat that was used by the unit throughout the 80s, 90s, 00s and most of the 10s and finally the FA-18F Super Hornet which is in active duty at this moment. Let me know how you like it, and if there´s a lineage print of a particular squadron you would like to see.