Classic Grumman A-6 Intruder painting by Roy Grinnell.
Available as a lithographic and giclee print, the original painting is displayed at the US Naval Museum in Pensacola.
Aircraft info from Wikipedia:
The Grumman A-6 Intruder was an American, twin jet-engine, mid-wing all-weather attack aircraft built by Grumman Aerospace. In service with the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps between 1963 and 1997, the Intruder was designed as an all-weather medium attack aircraft to replace the piston-engined Douglas A-1 Skyraider. As the A-6E was slated for retirement, its precision strike mission was taken over by the Grumman F-14 Tomcat equipped with a LANTIRN pod. From the A-6, a specialized electronic warfare derivative, the EA-6 was developed.
February 23, 2015
by eHangar Comments Off on A Fairey With Big Boots by Roger H Middlebrook
Despite being out-dated before its first flight, the Fairey Swordfish was to go on to have a war record second to none. Though it was more famous as a carrier-borne torpedo and strike aircraft, the ‘Stringbag’ also enjoyed a successful career as a ship-borne floatplane on some of the Royal Navy’s capital ships.
In Roger H. Middlebrook’s aviation painting, a Swordfish is seen at Gibraltar in early 1939, this aircraft being one belonging to the ship’s flight of HMS Warspite, seen below.
January 26, 2015
by prositepremiumdemo Comments Off on Test post – Operation Chastise
Operation Chastise was the code name given to one of the most audacious air raids of World War Two.
When, on the night of 16/17 May, 1943, nineteen Lancasters with 133 men of the specially formed No. 617 Squadron took off from RAF Scampton, it was the culmination of months of training shrouded in secrecy. Their target – revealed to the crews only a short time before departure – were the mighty hydroelectric dams that lay in the heart of the Ruhr; the Mohne, Sorpe, Ennepe and Eder Dams.
Led by the mercurial Wing Commander Guy Gibson, already a veteran of over 170 bomber missions, the elite unit were under no illusions about the dangers of the attack. They would face night-fighter interception and heavy flak on the way to and from the target, and a barrage of ground fire as they ran in to drop their lethal cargo. To add to the danger they would need to fly, in complete darkness, at precisely 60 feet above the water to release the unique 10,000lb hydrostatic bombs designed by Barnes Wallis.