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     Thunderchiefs

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18" X 24" X 3/16", masonite, oil, $162.55, free shipping in USA & Canada

In 1951 Republic Aviation began a project to develop a supersonic tactical fighter-bomber to replace the F-84F. The result was the F-105 Thunderchief, later affectionately nicknamed the "Thud." The prototype YF-105A first flew in October 1955, but the first F-105D did not fly until June 1959. A total of 833 Thunderchiefs of all types were built, including 610 F-105Ds. The U.S. Air Force sent F-105s to Southeast Asia shortly after the Tonkin Gulf incident in the summer of 1964. The USAF operated the F-105D extensively in the air campaign against North Vietnam called Rolling Thunder. Although designed as a nuclear strike aircraft, the F-105 could carry a total of over 12,000 pounds of conventional ordnance -- a heavier bomb load than a World War II B-17. The F-105 was gradually replaced by the F-4 Phantom, and the USAF withdrew the last F-105D from service in July 1980. The painting is appropriately named Thunderchiefs. The song is Aviation High by Semi Precious Weapons.

The Greatest Singer of All Time...
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...Great Britain's Sarah Brightman

When I decided to dedicate this web site to The Greatest Generation I thought I would mostly play 1940's music from the time they were young. Also, the salute I gave to the pretty lady with the magical voice wasn't yet born, nor were many of us.  I still paint to her music and thought which musician could inspire more than Sarah Brightman and her orchestra? She has so many songs I could still pick them to go with the 1940's scenes. This web site gives credit where its due. Why not tell the truth and at the same time give credit to the generation that so well deserves it?

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