Monday, December 5, 2011

Mustangs

Probably no other animal embodies the spirit of America better than the Mustang. Roaming freely in the American West the Mustang is descendent from the horses the Spanish brought with them to the new world. In 1971, the United States Congress recognized Mustangs as “living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West, which continue to contribute to the diversity of life forms within the Nation and enrich the lives of the American people.”

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Monday, September 5, 2011

Warthog - A-10 Thunderbolt II




Officially named the A-10 Thunderbolt II, this unique aircraft is known as the "Warthog" by those who operate and maintain it. Some say it is an ugly airplane but when called upon to deliver close air support by those in need, it is the most beautiful airplane in the sky. Literally an airplane built around the powerful GAU-8 Avenger rotary cannon, the A-10 can deliver a devastating amount of firepower against the most armored or hardened targets. Additionally the airplane carries 1200 lbs of armor making it able to absorb alot of punishment and keep on flying. The A-10 first saw action during the Gulf War and has also been used in Operation Iraqi Freedom and the War in Afghanistan. This print features the A-10 firing on an enemy position in the mountains of Afghanistan and is available in several sizes and editions 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.

Monday, August 1, 2011

New Haven's Comet



The Comet was a streamlined interurban train set manufactured by the Goodyear-Zeppelin Company in 1935 for the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad. The train featured three cars and was double-ended so it could operate in both directions without having to turn the train at each destination. It initially went into service on a route between Boston, MA and Providence, RI. The train covered the route in 44 minutes and was advertised as "44 miles in 44 minutes". It was very fast regularly operating at speeds of 90 MPH. The train was clocked at over 110 MPH in an early test. The train was withdrawn from service in 1951 and scrapped. This print is a tribute to the New Haven Railroad's beautiful Comet.

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Blue Ridge Super Power

The Virginian Railway was a small railroad built for one primary purpose, coal hauling operations. The railroad was exceptionally well designed and built and operated many large and high horsepower locomotives to move coal from the mines through the Blue Ridge Mountains to the east coast of Virginia. One such locomotive was a virtual copy of the Chesapeake & Ohio 2-6-6-6- Allegheny. Manufactured by Lima Locomotive Works, this locomotive has become famous as being one of the most powerful reciprocating steam locomotives ever built. The Virginian called the type the Class AG 2-6-6-6 "Blue Ridge". This print depicts this icon of steam doing what she was designed to do.

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Sunday, June 5, 2011

The Fast Flying Virginian

One of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroads prestigious passenger trains, the Fast Flying Virginian operated daily runs between Union Station in Washington DC and Cincinnati Union Terminal. The Fast Flying Virginian operated from its inaugural run on may 11, 1889 until May 12, 1968. The train was pulled by a variety of fast and powerful locomotives but perhaps none were as beautiful as the F-19 Class Heavy Pacifics. With smokebox mounted pumps and a deck mounted headlight, the F-19 is considered amongst the prettiest locomotives ever operated by the C&O. This print features one of these beautiful machines with the Fast Flying Virginian in tow pulling out from Cincinnati Union Termial as she would have appeared sometime in the 1930s.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Night of Reckoning Over Abbottabad

As he stood amongst the wrecked devastation of the World Trade Center Towers caused by the 9/11 al Qaeda terrorist attack, President George W Bush spoke to the masses of people through a borrowed bullhorn. When someone in the crowd yelled that he was having difficulties hearing the President his impromptu response was, “I can hear you! The rest of the world hears you! And the people -- and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon!”

In the early morning hours of May 2, 2011, that promise was fulfilled when a CIA led operation with the 160th Special Operations Air Regiment and SEAL Team 6 raided the Abbottabad compound in Pakistan believed to be the hideout of Osama bin Laden. Two top secret stealth helicopters, believed to be modified MH-60 Blackhawks, were used to slip undetected into Pakistani air space. It was unlikely bin Laden heard them coming until they were right on top of the compound. The infamous terrorist leader was killed in the ensuing 40 minute raid.

The helicopters used in the raid are top secret. They have not been revealed publically. The only clues we have to their appearance being the remaining tail section of one aircraft intentionally destroyed during the raid. This print depicts my interpretation of what those helicopters looked like inbound with SEAL Team 6 over Abbottabad moments before landing at the compound. It is available in two versions the first showing the helicopters under a starry sky, the second a bit more patriotic with the ghost of the American Flag in the night sky.

This print and the version with the American flag 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.


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Chicago & North Western Class E-4

Built in 1938 by the American Locomotive Company (ALCo), the Class E-4 Hudsons were meant to haul the Chicago & North Western Railroad's prestigious "400" trains. They were amongst the biggest Hudson type locomotives built; even larger than the New York Central's famous Hudsons. With six 84" drivers the Class E-4 was built for speed. The locomotives never had the chance to show their stuff on the "400" trains however as they were superceded by the new diesel locomotives that were coming into favor with railroads of the day. They did serve in grand fashion hauling other trains until they eventually were withdrawn from service in 1953. Sadly, all nine of the locomotives in the class met the scrapper's torch.

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, April 29, 2011

Men From Planet Earth

On July 20, 1969 men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the moon. They came in peace for all mankind.

After several Apollo missions to test the harware, navigation and maneuvers required for a lunar landing, the crew of Apollo 11 became the first to accomplish the goal. The Apollo Lunar Module was the first true spaceship designed and flown by man. It could only operate in the vacuum of space. It not only served to ferry two men to and from the surface of the moon it also served as their temporary home for up to three days on later missions. In all, six Apollo missions landed on the moon.

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, April 7, 2011

Gemini Twins

When the first Agena Target Vehicle exploded during launch, the Gemini VI mission was left without a rendezvous target. It was soon determined however that the following Gemini VII spacecraft would make a good substitute. Gemini VII launched first. Part of its mission was to spend enough time in space to simulate a journey to the moon and back. On December 15, 1965 the renamed Gemini VI-A launched. After achieving orbit the spacecraft was able to locate and maneuver to rendezvous with Gemini VII. The two craft maintained station for 5 hours coming as close as 30 cm. This was the first time two spacecraft had flown so close together in space and confirmed the feasibility of the docking maneuvers that would be required for a journey to the moon. 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.

Monday, March 28, 2011

"Poyekhali! (Off We Go!)"



By 1961 the science of rocketry and space flight had advanced to the point that it was feasible a man could make the journey beyond Earth's atmosphere into space. Although several manmade satellites had successfully achieved orbit by this time, it was not an absolute certainty that manned space flight would succeed. On April 12, 1961 Yuri Gagrin bravely entered his Vostok I spacecraft perched atop an R-7 rocket. Upon blast off he spoke over the intercom, "Poyekhali!" which translates in English to, "Off We Go!" After a short journey Yuri Gagarin became the first man to fly in space. The flight lasted a total of 108 minutes and he completed one orbit of the Earth. It is interesting to note the design to land the capsule safely with a man on board had not been perfected at the time of the flight. Thus, after the capsule reentered the atmosphere, Yuri was ejected and parachuted to a safe landing separate from the capsule. This print is a tribute to this magnificent accomplishment on the 50th anniversary of the historic 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.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Apollo to the Moon



The Saturn V rocket was developed in the 1960s as part of America's goal to land a man on the moon. It was determined the job would be best accomplished by three men. In order to send them and their equipment a huge rocket of incredible power was necessary in order to escape the pull of Earth's gravity. Standing 363 feet tall and weighing approximately 6.7 million pounds at launch, the Saturn V developed 7.5 million pounds of thrust which initiated the acceleration to speeds in excess of 17,000 MPH required to go to the moon. Upon their return, the three astronauts were traveling at speeds of approximately 25,000 MPH when they re-entered Earth's atmosphere. Even 40 years later the Saturn V is still the most incredible machine to ever fly. 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, February 20, 2011

To The Cosmos

Designed in the 1960s, the Soyuz spacecraft has been a mainstay of Russian space flight for the past 4 decades. With the retirement of the Space Shuttle, the Soyuz has become the primary vehicle in the world for manned space flight. Steadily upgraded through the years, the Soyuz TMA features glass cockpit displays and state of the art computer systems. With an unequaled record for safety and shear number of flights, the Soyuz is a remarkable piece of Russian engineering and truly a spacecraft for all mankind.

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, January 25, 2011

Mighty Memphis

SSN-691 USS Memphis was launched in 1976. One of the Los Angeles Class nuclear attack submarines, the "Mighty Memphis" has prowled the seas in defense of human freedom for more than 30 years. In 1981 she circumnavigated the globe via the Panama canal and operated with both the US Sixth and Seventh fleets. The "Mighty Memphis" is scheduled to be decommissioned in 2011. Our print commemorates her many years of exemplary 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, January 18, 2011

Orbit Achieved

Having spent all its fuel to propel the space shuttle to orbit, the main fuel tank is jettisoned. The tank is destined for a fiery end as it loses altitude and incinerates in the Earth's atmosphere usually over the Pacific Ocean. The shuttle continues on to final orbit. This print shows the Space Shuttle Atlantis as she reaches orbit around the Earth - "Orbit Achieved".

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Rig For Silent Running

During World War II Germany sent her finest young men to sea in it's fearsome U-boat fleet in an effort to bring Britain to her knees. During the early days of the war the U-boats nearly accomplished this feat. As the Allies became more adept at combating the German submarine menace, the casualties of the U-boats rose rapidly. The once voracious hunters now became the hunted. Despite the tremendous odds against them, the U-boatmen continued to carry the war to sea and attack Allied shipping wherever it was found. All too often this resulted in detection by destroyer escorts and a relentless pounding via depth charge attack. The only escape for the U-boat in this case was to submerge and rig for silent running in hopes of escaping detection. One can only imagine the terror these men must have felt as bombs exploded outside their steel tube; the black sea ready to crush them instantly should their hull be cracked.

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.