Painted at Trinity Beach in Arcada CA. on Christmas Eve 2011.

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Phantom on Hornet

Here is an F-4 Phantom I painted aboard the USS Hornet last week located at the now decommissioned Alameda Naval Air Station. It is 12"x16" oil.

McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II

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F-4 Phantom II
An F-4B Phantom II of Marine fighter-attack squadron VMFA-314, the Black Knights
Role Interceptor fighter, fighter-bomber
National origin United States
Manufacturer McDonnell Aircraft /
McDonnell Douglas
First flight 27 May 1958
Introduction 30 December 1960
Status Active as of 2011
Primary users United States Air Force (historical)
United States Navy (historical)
United States Marine Corps (historical)
Turkish Air Force
Produced 1958–1981
Number built 5,195
Unit cost US$2.4 million when new (F-4E)

The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II[N 1] is a tandem two-seat, twin-engined, all-weather, long-range supersonic jet interceptor fighter/fighter-bomber originally developed for the United States Navy by McDonnell Aircraft.[1] It first entered service in 1960 with the U.S. Navy. Proving highly adaptable, it was also adopted by the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Air Force, and by the mid-1960s had become a major part of their respective air wings.[2]

The Phantom is a large fighter with a top speed of over Mach 2.2. It can carry over 18,000 pounds (8,400 kg) of weapons on nine external hardpoints, including air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles, and various bombs. The F-4, like other interceptors of its time, was designed without an internal cannon, but later models incorporated a M61 Vulcan rotary cannon. Beginning in 1959, it set 15 world records,[3] including an absolute speed record, and an absolute altitude record.[4]

The F-4 was used extensively during the Vietnam War, serving as the principal air superiority fighter for both the Navy and Air Force, as well as being important in the ground-attack and reconnaissance roles by the close of U.S. involvement in the war.[2] The Phantom has the distinction of being the last U.S. fighter flown to attain ace status in the 20th century. During the Vietnam War, the USAF had one pilot and two weapon systems officers (WSOs),[5] and the US Navy one pilot and one radar intercept officer (RIO), achieve five aerial kills against other enemy fighter aircraft and become aces in air-to-air combat.[6] The F-4 continued to form a major part of U.S. military air power throughout the 1970s and 1980s, being gradually replaced by more modern aircraft such as the F-15 Eagle and F-16 in the U.S. Air Force; the Grumman F-14 Tomcat and F/A-18 Hornet in the U.S. Navy; and the F/A-18 in the U.S. Marine Corps.

The F-4 Phantom II remained in use by the U.S. in the reconnaissance and Wild Weasel (suppression of enemy air defenses) roles in the 1991 Gulf War, finally leaving service in 1996.[7][8] It was also the only aircraft used by both U.S. flight demonstration teams: the USAF Thunderbirds (F-4E) and the US Navy Blue Angels (F-4J).[2][9][10] The F-4 was also operated by the armed forces of 11 other nations. Israeli Phantoms saw extensive combat in several Arab–Israeli conflicts, while Iran used its large fleet of Phantoms in the Iran–Iraq War. Phantoms remain in front line service with seven countries, and in use as an unmanned target in the U.S. Air Force.[11] Phantom production ran from 1958 to 1981, with a total of 5,195 built, making it the most numerous American supersonic military aircraft.[2][12]

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From a Distance

This painting, "From a Distance" was recently captured with the beautiful fall weather. The ever lasting Fall colors has inspired me to revisit this scene again. Notice how much the sun has shifted to the left at this time of year.


"Upstaged" was painted in May 2011


"Mixed Blessings"

Was painted in the Summer of 2009

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From a Distance

This painting, "From a Distance" was recently captured with the beautiful fall weather. The ever lasting Fall colors has inspired me to revisit this scene again.


Now I know Bette Midler sang a song "From a Distance" and was written by Julie Gold. I would like to honor all of those who have dedicated there lives to bringing art to this world in all forms.



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