Painting by Jack Lee. Acrylic on canvas. “Loaded for Bear”. All comments welcome.
This was a difficult plane to work on and no joy to fly either. It had a real bad stall spin and its twin engines left a black smoke trail. But, until the F15 came along it was the best we had during Vietnam war. Missiles didn’t work well during a dog fight, but later versions came equipped with a 20 mm cannon – that helped. The cockpit is not well designed either (see below). Not user friendly.
Update: Every painting I entered at the Silver Dollar Fair won. (Yea) I was told that I almost took best of show, but first in class is great.
McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom Specifications
Wingspan: 38 ft. 4-7/8 in.
Length: 63 ft.
Height: 16 ft. 6 in.
Empty Weight: 29,535 lbs
Gross Weight: 61,651 lbs
Top Speed: 1,485 mph
Service Ceiling: 62,650 ft.
Range: 1,885 miles
Engine/Thrust: Two General Electric J79s/17,900 lbs each
Armament: One M61A1 20-mm cannon; various combinations of AIM-7 Sparrow and AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles
Ordnance: Up to 12,980 lbs of ordnance on four wing pylons
Every painting won? Wow, you sure have become a bigwig painter. But this was something I predicted long ago.
Thanks Joe! When you do something that you enjoy it makes the learning curve go by much faster. Art is 80% optical illusion and that’s a tough one for me to learn, they’re like trade secrets in the art world. But, thanks to YouTube and a lot of trial and error, I’m slowly getting there.
I just hope you remember us little people when you get famous!
But I fear you will buy a beret, move to Paris and open an art studio under the Eiffel Tower!
And of course, you will have no time for Post Scripts.
Ha! That’ll be the day, but thanks for thoughts Joe.