Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Fighting 114 - F4J Phantom II

A new version of our classic F-4 Phantom II print. This one depicts the F-4J model in the markings of the VF-114 "Aardvarks" as it appeared during their Gulf of Tonkin cruise aboard the USS Kitty Hawk in 1970. In all, the "Fighting 114" made five combat cruises to Vietnam.

Print sizes and pricing is available through our website: http://www.markkarvon.com/. If you have any questions or want more information regarding customizing this print please contact us at: cbscharlotte@ctc.net.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Defender of the Fleet - F-4J Phantom II

The legendary F-4 Phantom II began as a proposal for the US Navy. Developed as an all weather fleet defense interceptor, they type was soon adapted to fighter and attack bomber roles due to it's incredible performance capabilities. It wasn't long before it was adopted by the US Marines and the Air Force for the air superiority role. A stellar performer, the F-4 Phantom II at one time held 16 world records for speed and climb. These were only eventually bested by it's F-15 Eagle replacement. Entering service in 1960, the F-4 Phantom II was used extensively in the Vietnam Conflict by all branches of the US Military. Our print depicts the F-4J model in the markings of the VF-84 "Jolly Rogers" as they appeared during their cruise aboard the USS Independence in April 1968 - January 1969.

Print sizes and pricing is available through our website: http://www.markkarvon.com/. If you have any questions or want more information regarding customizing this print please contact us at: cbscharlotte@ctc.net.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

The Wright Flyer

On December 17, 1903 at the secluded dunes of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, mankind first took to the air in controlled, powered flight. Orville Wright piloted the machine he and his brother Wilbur designed and constructed for 12 second over a distance of 120 feet. Several more flights were made that day, the longest by Wilbur at 852 feet and lasting 59 seconds. From these first small steps the airplane was born.

This print is a depiction of the iconic Wright Flyer in flight on that day and is available through our website: http://www.markkarvon.com/. If you have any questions or want more information regarding customizing this print please contact us at: cbscharlotte@ctc.net.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Semper Paratus - USCG HH-65 Dolphin


The HH-65 “Dolphin” is one of the mainstays of the US Coast Guard's Search and Rescue force.This versatile helicopter has proven itself well adapted to the role. Stationed throughout the coastal United States, the Dolphin and her her crews are called upon numerous times each year to rescue those in trouble at sea. In any weather and at any time the men and women of the US Coast Guard unselfishly brave the most perilous of conditions so that others may live. This dramatic print depicts the “Dolphin” in the act of rescuing a sole survivor in the water and is named after the Coast Guard motto, "Semper Paratus" - "Always Ready".

This print and many other art works are available through our website: http://www.markkarvon.com/. If you have any questions or want more information regarding customizing this print please contact us at: cbscharlotte@ctc.net.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Record Setter - X-15 Experimental Aircraft


The X-15 was designed to explore hypersonic speeds in excess of Mach 6 and altitudes over 300,000 feet. The aircraft was powered by a rocket engine dubbed "the million horsepower engine". There were three X-15 aircraft built and they were flown from 1959 though 1968.

On August 22, 1963, flying the number 3 aircraft, pi...lot Joe Walker set a new altitude record of 354,000 feet.

Such altitudes are considered above Earth's atmosphere. For this reason many of the X-15 pilots were awarded astronaut pins.

Sadly, Joe Walker lost his life when the F-104 Starfighter he was flying collided with another high performance aircraft, the XB-70 Valkyrie. Both aircraft were lost.

As always this print and many other art works are available through our website: http://www.markkarvon.com/. If you have any questions or want more information regarding customizing this print please contact us at: cbscharlotte@ctc.net.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Mission Plus 10 - Space Shuttle Print

The Space Shuttle Atlantis leaving Earth from Launch Pad 39B. Shortly after lift-off the shuttle begins a roll program to orient the shuttle orbiter on the underside of the fuel tank for the 8 minute journey into orbit. By flying this way, the forces on the vehicle and astronauts are lessened. My depiction shows the vehicle about half way through this maneuver. Scheduled to be retired in 2011 this print serves as a fine commemorative to the space shuttle and it's 30 years of service.

As always this print and many other art works are available through our website: http://www.markkarvon.com. If you have any questions or want more information regarding customizing this print please contact us at: cbscharlotte@ctc.net.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Roland D.VI


The Roland D.VI was used by Germany during the last year of World War I. It featured unique "clinker built" fuselage contruction consisting of overlapping spruce strakes. Overshadowed by the Fokker D.VII, the Roland D.VI was nonetheless a fine performer. The "D.VIb" model was equipped with the Benz III engine and showed good speed and above average maneuverability. This print features the Roland D.VIb of 18 victory ace Emil Schape of Jasta 33.

This print and many other art works are available through our website: http://www.markkarvon.com. If you have any questions or want more information regarding customizing this print please contact us at: cbscharlotte@ctc.net.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Air War 1918

The Fokker E.V / D.VIII was the last fighter airplane put into service by Germany during WWI. The airplane was an advanced design and featured a single parasol wing.

There were some wing failures with some of the early E.V models which caused the unfortunate deaths of several pilots. The failures were traced to faulty workmanship by a subcontractor; the wing design was sound. The problems were corrected and the type was updated as the D.VIII.

By this time the war only had 18 days left so the type saw limited combat. If the war had dragged on many believe the D.VIII would have been the finest airplane of the war up to that time.

My depiction features the airplane in the markings of Leutnant Richard Wenzl during his time with Jasta 6.

This print and many other art works are available through our website: http://www.markkarvon.com. If you have any questions or want more information regarding customizing this print please contact us at: cbscharlotte@ctc.net.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Black Flight Triplanes

The Sopwith Triplane was the first of it's type to see service during WW I. It was flown by several squadrons but perhaps most famously by No 10 naval Squadron.During the months from May to July of 1917, "B" or "Black" Flight of No 10 naval Squadron accounted for 87 enemy aircraft shot down. Our print depicts the Sopwith Triplanes of Ray Collishaw and W M Alexander - 10 Naval Squadron; "Black Flight".

This print and many other art works are available through our website: http://www.markkarvon.com. If you have any questions or want more information regarding customizing this print please contact us at: cbscharlotte@ctc.net.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Cover of American Submariner


On January 23, 2010 the USS Los Angeles (SSN 688) was decommissioned in the Port of Los Angeles. It is a very special occassion when any ship is decommissioned but especially so when it is the lead ship of the class.

In an interesting note the USS Los Angeles was carrying the famous Cribbage board used by Duddly Morton and Dick O'Kane when they were aboard the Wahoo. The story is the Wahoo had especially good hunting after a high scoring Cribbage game. By tradition, the board is passed to the oldest active boat in the fleet. The hallowed board will now have a new home. (I'm not sure what is the current oldest boat in the fleet at present.)

I am extremely grateful and honored I was invited to display a commemorative edition of my USS Los Angeles print during the weekend activities. (My representative was actually invited to attend the invitation only cerimony in person but was unable to go because of family obligations.) Of course I was hoping to get a few orders (I did) but the highlight was when the print on display was signed by the first and last Chiefs of the Boat. That print will be placed on display at the Los Angeles Maritime Museum. They are hoping to get the actual sub or at least her conning tower for permanent display as well.
See our previous blog entry here:

Another great honor is the print has been featured on the latest edition of "American Submariner" magazine.


Thursday, March 4, 2010

XB-70 Valkyrie Print


Designed and constructed during the "Cold War", the Valkyrie first flew in 1964. The United States issued a requirement for a heavy bomber capable of cruising at Mach 3 with range enough to reach the USSR to deliver a nuclear weapon. Rapid progress of intercontinental ballistic missile programs soon negated the role for which the Valkyrie was intended and the program was cancelled. Two prototypes were constructed however, the number two ship was lost in a tragic accident in 1966 when a chase plane collided with it during a test flight. The first airplane continued to fly with NASA until her retirement in 1969 and is now on display at the National Museum of the US Air Force near Dayton, OH. The Valkyrie has been described as beautiful, graceful, powerful and unmatched.

This print and many other art works are available through our website: http://www.markkarvon.com/. If you have any questions or want more information regarding customizing this print please contact us at: cbscharlotte@ctc.net.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

USS Los Angeles Decommissioning


After 30 years of service, the Los Angeles Class fast attack submarine is still a mainstay of America's fast attack submarine fleet. In November 2009 the lead ship of the class, SSN-688 USS Los Angeles, was retired from the fleet. On January 23, 2010 the USS Los Angeles was decommissioned during a cerimony held in San Pedro, CA.

The ship will be broken up at the Peuget Sound Naval Ship Yard in Bremerton, Washington. At the time of her decommissioning, the USS Los Angeles was the oldest boat in the fleet.

We are pleased to offer this print to commemorate the service of "the First and The Finest". The scene shows the sub passing over the drop-off of the continental shelf and headed for deep water.

This print and many other art works are available through our website: http://www.markkarvon.com/. If you have any questions or want more information regarding customizing this print please contact us at: cbscharlotte@ctc.net.