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When Pearl Harbor was attacked the Navy front line fighter of the day was the Grumman Wildcat. The tough, stubbly little fighter wasn’t the prettiest aircraft in the fleet. However, n the hands of a skilled Navy or Marine Corps pilot the Wildcat could not only hold it’s own over the faster and more nimble Japanese Zero but achieve aerial victories at a surprising rate. The Wildcat made Ace’s out of many American pilots and WWII’s first Congressional Medal of Honor was given (Posthumously) to Wildcat pilot Butch O’Hare.
As the war dragged on Grumman build the follow on fighter to the Wildcat, the F6-F Hellcat. But while more and more Hellcats joined the fleet, Wildcats continues to serve as a fighter aircraft and began to be used dropping bombs on Japanese targets. This painting, shows an F-4F Wilcat joining other Navy aircraft in an attack on Japanese shipping and ground targets. Commissioned by a client and lover of all things Wildcat it was one of my most enjoyable scenes to paint over the last several years.
“Ducks on the Pond” is available as a Limited-Edition print on archival paper and as a larger Artist Masterwork on canvas.
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