Saturday, November 24, 2012

The Astronauts of Apollo

This is a photo collage composition of the NASA crew photos bringing all the astronauts together. All of the Apollo crews are represented: the men of the tragic Apollo 1, the first men to land on the moon of Apollo 11, the heroic Apollo 13 crew who suffered a catastrophic in-flight failure, the last men on the moon of Apollo 17 and all the missions in between. Each mission patch is also included. This print is a tribute not only to the astronauts but to all the people who made the Apollo dream a reality.

All Out Warrior

The F-105 Thunderchief was designed to carry a single nuclear weapon at high speed and low altitude into Soviet airspace. Entering service in 1958, the F-105 was used extensively in the Vietnam War. The F-105G Wild Weasel was a two set version used to counter surface to air missiles (SAMs). The airplane would intentionally act as a target to draw the attention of SAM crews on the ground. Once the SAM radar locked on the Wild Weasel could use that signal to launch a missile against it to destroy the SAM site. It was a highly dangerous mission and the Wild Weasels suffered heavy losses. Despite the losses the Wild Weasels were effective. The F-105 Thunderchief was an all-out warrior used in a limited war.

The Ace Maker

The Grumman F6F Hellcat was the US Navy's answer to the superb Japanese A6M Zero during WWII. Powered by a Pratt & Whitney, 2000 HP radial engine and armed with 6 .50 cal machine guns, the Hellcat was all muscle. Flown from aircraft carriers, the type quickly proved dominant in the Pacific over it's Japanese counterparts. Racking up an impressive 19:1 kill ratio, the Hellcat became known as "the Ace Maker". This print depicts the Navy's all time leading ace, David McCampbell. "Minsi III" was an F6F-5 Hellcat David McCampbell flew in which he scored the last 23-1/2 of his 34 victories.