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The Defence of An Loc


On April 13th, 1972, The North Vietnamese launched a fierce attack with approximately 40 tanks and supporting troops upon the provincial capital of An Loc, eighty miles north of Saigon. The town was defended by South Vietnamese troops and a small contingent of American advisors, commanded by Col. William Miller, US Army. The defenders were quickly overwhelmed and the situation described became desperate. A column of Soviet made T-54 tanks had penetrated the defenses to within a few yards of the American Command Bunker. Fortunately, the 1st Calvary Division, Battery F, 79th Artillery, otherwise known as the Blue Max, was on station. Two AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters responded, crewed by CWO Barry McIntyre, Major Larry McKay, 1/Lt. Steve Shields, and Capt. Bill Causey and were armed with the newly developed HEAT 2.75" rockets, which had never been tested in combat. In a daring and entirely untried manuever, the Cobras rolled in and attacked the three enemy T-54's that had approached to within a few yards of Col. Miller's Command Bunker. The first 2.75" rockets launched by McIntyre and McKay destroyed the lead tank, halted the attack, and began what can be accurately described as a rout by the Blue Max. With this bold action, McIntyre and McKay became the first helicopter pilots in history to destroy an enemy tank and demonstrated the lethal capability of the attack helicopter as a weapon that would entirely change the face of war.
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The combat effectiveness of the AH-64 Apache was proven beyond any doubt by the swift devastation of the Iraqi army in "Operation Desert Storm." It also revealed a distinct shift in battlefield reality: the total supremacy of the helicopter over armored ground forces.

In "Hellstorm", the sudden flash of the lethal Hellfire missile illuminates the hidden form of an AH-64 Apache as it unleashes a rain of destruction deep behind the lines of the Iraqi forces. A superior night-fighter, the Apache is regarded as the world's best attack helicopter, and armed with the Hellfire missile, can defeat any known armor.

"Hellstorm" depicts an actual engagement during "Operation Desert Storm," and is accurate down to the track patterns in the sand. A distant tank battle illuminates the horizon, and the remains of a ZSU and Soviet T-72 in their revetments serve witness to a previous encounter with this Apache.
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The Extenders


The KC-10 has proven to be an indispensable tool for the US Air Force, sustaining and increasing the endurance of both pilot and plane, allowing global reach and force multiplication to any mission.

In "The Extenders," by artist Dru Blair, several KC-10's are depicted lining up for take off as the crews prepare to launch yet another vital support mission. The fog shrouded runway creates an aura of intrigue and mystique, and is consistent with the quiet reputation of this essential, but often overlooked aircraft as it carries out its critical task.

The KC-10 is known for it's awesome power, and it is rumoured that were it not for the effects of drag, and the necessity of an atmosphere for the air-breathing engines, the KC-10 is powerful enough to achieve orbit.
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Enter The B-1B


In "Enter the B-1B," the sister print to "Procession of Power," the B-1B's powerful engines dominate her graceful lines in this aft view. Even at idle, her engines shake the earth, as she slowly lumbers down the taxi way. This bone rattling scenario is not unlike a top fuel dragster at the starting line, poised to release its enormous energy potential.
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AirBridge II


The Boeing KC-135 has proven to be an indispensable tool for the US Air Force, sustaining and increasing the endurance of both pilot and plane, allowing global reach and force multiplication to any mission.
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