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Defender of the Fleet by markkarvon Defender of the Fleet by markkarvon
The legendary F-4 Phantom II began as a proposal for the US Navy. Developed as an all weather fleet defense interceptor, they type was soon adapted to fighter and attack bomber roles due to it's incredible performance capabilities. It wasn't long before it was adopted by the US Marines and the Air Force for the air superiority role. A stellar performer, the F-4 Phantom II at one time held 16 world records for speed and climb. These were only eventually bested by it's F-15 Eagle replacement. Entering service in 1960, the F-4 Phantom II was used extensively in the Vietnam Conflict by all branches of the US Military. Our print depicts the F-4J model in the markings of the VF-84 "jolly Rogers" as they appeared during their cruise aboard the USS Independence in April 1968 - January 1969.
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Waterflame6 Mar 13, 2014
AHMAHGAD YES.
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:iconblue-jedi:
I think I've seen this print in Air Power, telling the story of an F-4 that shot down three Migs in one sortie.  Nice pic.
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markkarvon Aug 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
In Air Power? I'd like to know which issue. Thanks.
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:iconblue-jedi:
I'm jogging my memory here...I think the pic I saw was a navalized F4 , but I think it was an oil, and was more from the back end of the plan.  It's still an amazing similarity.  The issue would have been around 1992 or 1993.  Sorry, I can't remember the month.
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UltimateRT Jul 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Definitely one of the best airplanes of all time, personally my favorite. Just look at those wings!
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:iconronin201:
Some NVAF guy's about to have a really bad day

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Our Mission: Protect the Force, Get the Bandits!
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:iconlueb-art:
Mark, your 2D paintings are wonderful to say the least. We'd love to have you grace the pages of our group, [link]
at Digital Aviation Artists with them!
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markkarvon Jun 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Lueb. I sent a request to join.
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:iconshowoff77:
Beautiful!
Never a high visibility paintjob has look so great on a plane!
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markkarvon May 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. It is a cool scheme.
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