Sunday, September 11, 2016

"Dragon Lady" - Ultra-High Altitude Reconnaissance Aircraft

Dragon Lady
"Dragon Lady" - U-2S Ultra-High Altitude Reconnaissance Aircraft

Known as the Dragon Lady, the U-2 is a high-altitude intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft. First flown in 1955, the U-2 has been steadily upgraded and has been in service for over 50 years. The U-2 is designed to operate at 70,000 feet or more. It carries a wide range of sensors and cameras to gather a multitude of intelligence information. The U-2S version features a redesigned airframe being enlarged nearly 30%. It has increased fuel capacity and features under-wing pods. The U-2 remains the most capable and reliable ISR platform flying today - manned or unmanned. For more information, please visit my website:

Saturday, August 6, 2016

"Graceful Lady" - Vickers Super VC10

Vickers Super VC10

Designed to a BOAC specification, the Vickers VC10 was one of the most beautiful airliners to fly the skies. The airliner featured quad Rolls Royce Conway jet engines mounted at the rear of the fuselage, a "T" tail and aerodynamically clean wings. The design offered excellent performance and a quiet cabin. The VC10 was loved by crew and passengers alike. One of the fastest subsonic airliners, as of 2016, a Vickers Super VC10 still holds the unofficial trans-Atlantic speed record for a subsonic flight from New York to London. Prints of this "Graceful Lady" are available through my website

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Astrojet - Convair 990

Astrojet Convair 990
Besides the supersonic Concord and Tu-144, the Convair 990 was the fastest commercial airliner ever produced. The design featured unique anti-shock bodies on the upper wings to reduce drag at high speed. The 990 used a civilian version of the GE J79 engine with a fan stage mounted at the rear of the engine. The high performance meant the airplane used a lot of fuel. With a smaller passenger capacity than its Boeing and Douglass competition, the airplane was not a sales success. Only 37 aircraft were sold.. As always, prints are available through my website

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Cold War Warrior - M60 Tank

Cold War Warrior
The M60 Main Battle Tank was a mainstay of the American military for more than three decades. Developed during the cold war as a response to the Soviet T-54 the M60 featured a 105mm main gun. Steadily upgraded through the years, the M60A3 TTS version of the tank had a superb firing system  with a better thermal imaging system than the early M1 Abrams. M60s performed well in combat. The M60A1 RISE Passive version of the tank featured explosive reactive armor and was used by the US Marine Corp during the Gulf War in 1991. The tank also saw combat in the Yom Kippur War and the Iran-Iraq war. The type has been retired from US service but it continues today in use with military forces around the world.

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Big Show - Union Pacific Big Boy #4014

big boy 4014
Big Boy was designed to meet the specification of a locomotive that could pull 3600 tons over the Wasatch Range unassisted. The locomotive name came about when an unknown ALCO employee chalked the name “Big Boy” on the smokebox of the first locomotive in the series. Known as the 4000 class by those who operated them, the Big Boys performed spectacularly at the job for which they were designed. A marvel of mechanical design, Big Boys could run up to 80 MPH. When they were retired, 8 out of the original 25 Big Boys were preserved. Union Pacific Railroad is restoring Big Boy #4014 to operating condition. As always, prints are available through my website

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Flying Tiger Pole Cat by Mark Karvon
In 1965, two TWA pilots and Polar Flight Commanders Fred Austin and Harrison Finch piloted a Boeing 707B on a historic flight to circumnavigate the globe via both poles. Dubbed The “Pole Cat”, the airplane was provided by the Flying Tiger Line. It was fitted with two 2000 gallon fuel tanks because of the great distances that had to be flown over water and polar ice. The flight lasted from: 11/14/65 to 11/17/65 and originated and ended in Honolulu, HI. The flying time was 57H, 27M covering 26,230 miles distance. During the course of the flight, the “Pole Cat” set eight long distance and speed records.