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Jet Age Dogfight by markkarvon Jet Age Dogfight by markkarvon

Here is another version of my F-86 piece. This was actually the original way I had envisioned the scene and the one I first pitched to the client. They wanted something less blue so I ended up with the mountainous background in the piece that was released last year. I am calling this version "Jet Age Dogfight".

After World War II the development of jet engine technology and advances in aerodynamics revolutionized the aircraft industry. When war broke out in Korea, the Russian built MiG 15 proved a major shock to American forces.      Fortunately, the F-86 Sabre proved up to the task of taking on the advanced Russian machine. Armed with 6 .50 caliber machine guns, the F-86 dueled with the MiG in aerial combat. Though relatively equal aircraft, better pilot training and tactics gave the edge to the Sabre and it finished the war with an impressive 10:1 kill ratio in favor of the Sabre.  There was no doubt, the jet age had arrived and forever changed the nature of aerial combat.

 

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RageTH Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The jet age came, and started the end of the gunfighters.

Nothing I can say here that I haven't said before or someone else hasn't already said here. Top tier as always, sir!
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Heatherbeast Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014

Sabre Sabre Sabre SABRE!  ;)

 

The chrome is excellently done. :)

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jsf-35 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
tremendous !
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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jsf-35 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
my pleasure indeed !
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tanker22052 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
Very nicely done.  The blue background really helps to bring out the view of the aircraft.
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
Amazing as always....

Its incredible how you're able to inject so much drama and movement into a still frame. I am in awe... 
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much Mark. I built a lot of models as a kid. I still find the dramatic artwork from the box covers an inspiration to this day.
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
Thank God for that big high-altitude wing on the Saber, it was its own nasty shock for the MiG. American pilots in later years longed for that kind  of maneuverability in a jet.  Lovely, classic image of a forgotten aircraft from a forgotten war, thank you for passing it on.
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