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.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Free Shipping
Free shipping on all my large prints listed in my eBay store through the end of May 2014. This applies to domestic shipping only.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

first meeting by mark karvon

From their F-4D Phantom II, Maj. Dan Cherry and Capt. Jeff Feinstein introduce themselves to Lt. Nguyen Hong My and his MiG-21 in Vietnam on April 16, 1972. Maj. Cherry and Lt. Hong My would meet again 36 years later - as friends. For a limited time, this new print release is available at an introductory pricing discount for all sizes and editions through my website

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Remember The Arizona

remember pearl harbor
A ship whose name is written in history, the story of the USS Arizona is well known worldwide. On December 7, 1941, Japanese forces attacked the US Pacific Fleet anchored in Pearl Harbor. All 8 battleships sustained damage or were sunk that day. The most severe loss being the Arizona. The ship was hit with a modified 16" shell. The bomb pierced her decks, penetrated to one of the forward magazines and set off over a million pounds of powder. The Arizona sank to the bottom taking with her 1,177 souls accounting for almost half the total casualties that day. The Arizona was left in place and serves as a permanent tomb for those who lost their lives on her that day. Today, there is a memorial which straddles the wreck. The American flag will always fly over the ship. Approximately 9 quarts of oil leak from the ship each day. The memorial is Hawaii's most popular tourist attraction with over 1 million visitors annually.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Guardian Dragon

Guardian Dragon by Mark Karvon
The Saab J35 Draken looks like no other machine flying today. Designed to meet a 1949 specification for an interceptor capable of reaching Mach 2 speeds, the Draken features a revolutionary double delta wing giving it a striking appearance.... The Draken performed as well as it looked and was second only to the English Lightning in initial rate of climb. The fighter was very rugged and could operate from reinforced roads used as dispersed airstrips. It was also designed for ease of maintenance and servicebility. The Draken was continually upgraded and remained a formidable aircraft well into the 21st century. The last Drakens in service with Austria were retired in 2005.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Heading North - F-105D Thunderchief

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. As the primary strike aircraft, the Thunderchief flew over 20,000 sorties into some of the most heavily defended airspace in history. Able to carry up to 14,000 lbs of ordinance the Thunderchief could deliver a heavy blow. Unfortunately, rules of engagement and heavy defenses also meant the Thunderchief took heavy losses. Operating from Korat and Takhli air bases in Thailand, F-105 squadrons carried the war north to the Vietcong. This print depicts the takeoff of of one such mission. The airplane in this print was shot down by a MiG 21 on October 9, 1967. Pilot Major James Clements ejected but was captured and spent the rest of the war as a POW. As always, prints are available through my website