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 The locomotives never had the chance to show their stuff on the "400" trains however as they were superceded by the new diesel locomotives that were coming into favor with railroads of the day.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.