INTO THE STORM

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Two F-4 Phantoms pass low over the USS Constellation on a MiGCAP mission, armed with Sparrow and Sidewinders in 1967.

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Description

During the war in Vietnam, no aircraft played a more dominant role in air combat than McDonnell’s legendary F-4 Phantom. Extensively utilized by the U.S. Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps, this aircraft in the hands of Naval aviators performed admirably, from the first official missions of the war following the Tonkin Gulf incident to covering the final evacuation from Saigon. Throughout the conflict, though Phantoms pounded targets in the North and South, it is best remembered as a Fighter, racking up a long list of MiG kills. The F-4’s 2-man team consisted of a pilot and RIO (Radar Intercept Officer) and was capable of speeds over Mach 2, utilizing air-to-air & air-to-ground missiles, a variety of bombs, with later models incorporating a cannon as well.

Into the Storm depicts two Phantoms passing the USS Constellation on a MiGCAP mission, armed with Sparrow and Sidewinders in 1967. Two stalwart squadrons are represented here; VF-143’s “Pukin’ Dogs” and VF-142’s “Ghostriders”, who flew together as sister squadrons throughout the war.

A special thanks for research on this painting goes to one of our great signers, Commander James B. “JayBee” Souder (RIO, lead plane 302). Souder, in addition to achieving the longest aerial intercept during the war, and being credited with the destruction of a MiG 21 in October of ’67, was later shot down in 1972 and captured by the North Vietnamese. During his time as a POW he would receive high honors for his life-saving actions. The print edition of Into the Storm is dedicated to the war’s 726 American POWs, 151 of whom were of the U.S. Navy, and is numbered in its Main Edition and Artist Proof edition to commemorate these brave Americans.

THE SIGNATURES

Personally signed by numerous U.S. Navy veterans who flew and fought in the F-4 Phantom. Representing many Navy squadrons, this group includes POWs, MiG Killers, Admirals and more who flew this legendary aircraft from the decks of carriers during on of history’s most violent conflicts.  The combined experience of these signers amounts to over 75,000 hours in the Phantom!

Admiral PHIL ANSELMO (C.O. USS Constellation)
J.R. “BATMAN” BATZLER
WILLIAM “EGGS” BENEDICT
JOE BRANTUAS
Admiral BRIAN M. CALHOUN
DON CHAPMAN
JOHN “CAT” CHESIRE
KEITH “CANNONBALL” CRENSHAW
CHARLES “CAJUN” DeGRUY
KEN DEWEY
ALEX “ZORBA” DIMITREW
CURT “DOZO” DOSE
DAVE DUNGAN
JACK “FINGERS” ENSCH
“BLACK BART” FLAHERTY
DAN GABRIEL
DAVE GARCIA
MARV GARRRISON, USMC
FRED GILSON
MIKE “COYOTE” MALCHIODI
MIKE JOYCE
JOHN “SMASH” NASH
PAUL MARTZ
MARC “TAG” OSTERTAG
PICK “PACK RAT” PACKARD
TIM “SPIKE” PRENDERGAST
STEVE QUEEN
KURT SCHROEDER
“SCOTTY” SCOTT
SHERM “RUG DANCER” SMOOT
“JAYBEE” SOUDER
MIKE “OKIE” STANSEL
Admiral “HAM” TALLENT
DAVE “NO-DOZE” TOZIER
JOHN VASILCHIN
BOB “QUAIL” WHITE
LARRY WOODALL
BEN WOODWORTH

THE MAIN EDITION

Has been signed by 14-19 of the above.

THE ARTIST PROOF

Has been signed by 20-21 of the above.

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Overall Print Size

27 x 22 inches

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