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Mohawk Mission by markkarvon Mohawk Mission by markkarvon
The OV-1 Mohawk is a battlefield reconnaissance aircraft that served with the US Army. Although it did have the capability to carry armament, most missions in the Mohawk were flown unarmed. The more glamorous fighter aircraft of the day tended to get all the headlines but the Mohawk performed its vital mission admirably. Seating two, a pilot and technical observer (TO), a typical photo recon mission would see the Mohawk flying low level passes below tree top level. Sometimes the enemy would string cables at low level in hopes of snagging a low flying Mohawk. The low flying airplane made an attractive target for the enemy and an airplane would often return to base with bullet holes. The Mohawk had a long service life and flew missions in the Gulf War as well as Vietnam. The Mohawk was generally loved by those who flew and maintained it. Although it was retired, there are still several air-worthy Mohawks flying today. This print is a tribute this beloved machine and those who served with her.
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PAPhilly Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014
What. Is THAT??? It's weird... I love it!
JDunk1971 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
My dad was part of the Mohawk community during the mid-70s at Fort Wainwright in Alaska.   Very distinctive aircraft.
amanvabo Featured By Owner May 16, 2014
This is an exceptional painting!  Mohawk is one of so many fantastic US warplanes that I witnessed every day in my small town of Nhatrang. This painting reminds me of the old days that Americans warriors fought bravely for my country. It also shows to the world that, those warriors had sustained such a tremendous hardships during the conflict. Just imagine the situation by looking at these dense jungle and surrounding mountains. Their outposts were on the top of these mountains isolated from the living world...

Thank you so much for depicting the old glory days...
markkarvon Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much. It is good to know from someone who was there that my depiction brings out such feeling.
GrummanCat Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
The Mohawk is a very good example of one of those airplanes I almost never noticed. But a chance encounter on the page of a book led to a fascination with this aircraft. Now I consider myself a fan of this hard-to-find aircraft. I should add it to my R/C collection one of these days. Given that, I sincerely appreciate you adding and sharing this awesome piece of art of an aircraft that doesn't get enough attention!
markkarvon Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much.
Sentinel103 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013

Damn OV-1 Mohawk. Twin engine three tailed recon airplane flown by the US Army. They came in three versions, IR, Flir and photo. At times we would get imagery from them. Now what many do not know is there was in 1972 a project utilizing them. I ran across it after school when we had to go to Ft. Myers to test it out.

If I remember rightly it was a nice stable platform.

Alan-the-leopard Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
So easy to mistake this with a photograph- my most sincere congratulations :)
markkarvon Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Galvars Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
Now, this is art. You can almost feel the heat of jungle.
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