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JATART
02-18-2017, 01:53 PM
Hi Guys!

I've just completed a painting of a test aircraft B-47E Stratojet which was used for exploring the Low Altitude Bombing System (LABS) or "Toss Bombing" for the Strategic air Command in 1952. Here the aircraft is depicted approaching vertical in an Immalman turn, with the F-86 chase aircraft on his wing. If you would like to see film of this test, see Youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cIgTAtj4E4&t=756s

The work is acrylic on canvas, 18 X 24 inches. Questions and comments are very welcome!
Jim T.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Feb-2017/90846-B-47_LABS_WC.JPG

NeilF92
02-18-2017, 04:13 PM
Great subject well caught .
Amazing video too - to see something that big inverted /rolling off the top .

JATART
02-18-2017, 05:55 PM
Hi Neil!

Thank you so much! I saw the video on Youtube and thought I just had to try to portray just that.

Thanks again!
Jim

Trumper
02-18-2017, 06:25 PM
Thats is very good and very interesting as well.An unfamiliar story and a good piece of art :)

JATART
02-18-2017, 08:52 PM
Hi Trumper!

Thank you so much for your kind words!

Jim

RegisR
02-18-2017, 09:55 PM
Great action shot and a highly unusual perspective as well. Far from the usual angles and portrayals and I really like that.

JATART
02-19-2017, 07:14 AM
Hi Regis!

Thank you for your nice comments! I was looking for a way to show a huge B-47 going vertical,and thought looking down with the aircraft coming past the viewer would be interesting. Also, luckily, the F-86 was used in the actual test as a chase/photo aircraft, so was perfect for showing the huge scale of the B-47.

Thanks again!
Jim

vegaskip
02-19-2017, 07:31 AM
Nice painting, works very well. Watched Scimitars and Buccaneers do labs many times, sometimes with smoke on the Bombs, usually 1,000 pounders.
Jim

Gray539
02-19-2017, 12:27 PM
Nicely done, Jim. Great subject and perspective.

JATART
02-19-2017, 10:40 PM
Nice painting, works very well. Watched Scimitars and Buccaneers do labs many times, sometimes with smoke on the Bombs, usually 1,000 pounders.
Jim

Hi Jim!

Thank you so much! I really envy you seeing LABS ops. I spent 23 years in the Air Force, and only got out to the Range once. We Air Traffic Controllers were kept back at the airfield. :lol:

thanks again!
Jim T.

JATART
02-19-2017, 10:41 PM
Nicely done, Jim. Great subject and perspective.

Hi Gray!

Thank you so much!

Jim

vegaskip
02-20-2017, 11:22 AM
Hi Jim!

Thank you so much! I really envy you seeing LABS ops. I spent 23 years in the Air Force, and only got out to the Range once. We Air Traffic Controllers were kept back at the airfield. :lol:

thanks again!
Jim T.

We used to launch a home made raft (usually 50gal oil drums) with a radar reflector. The Buccs were pretty accurate, the crew just fed in the data and the a/c did the rest. Something sticks in my mind about 21 miles. The bombs were usually inert but every so often we were treated to a Big Bang. The other thing we had was the 'Splash Target' a sledge like object with a scoop in the middle, towed a few hundred yards astern. This sent up a large plume of spray as a target for dive bombing and rocket firing. Once saw a Scimitar fail to pull out, unfortunately with fatal results.
Jim

gollum
02-20-2017, 12:30 PM
Something sticks in my mind about 21 miles.

They said a Buccaneer could toss a bomb and get it in a barrel from 21 miles .... it was an incredibly incredible aircraft :cool:

JATART
02-20-2017, 12:46 PM
Hey Jim!

Wow, must have been fascinating! The Bucc was a terrific aircraft, I worked many of them when I was stationed in the UK.

The only trip to the range I had was in the 1980's, went out with an Army anti-aircraft unit for live fire against Firebee drones (good simulator for jet fighter). Army was using the M-163 Vulcan air defense system (M-113 APC's with mounted 20 mm M-61 Vulcan canons). The Army guys seemed quite pleased to show Air Force Officers how they could shoot aircraft out of the air! Here is a Youtube video of the M-163 in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkkSqazPHkc
Take care!
Jim

vegaskip
02-20-2017, 01:12 PM
Hey Jim!

Wow, must have been fascinating! The Bucc was a terrific aircraft, I worked many of them when I was stationed in the UK.

The only trip to the range I had was in the 1980's, went out with an Army anti-aircraft unit for live fire against Firebee drones (good simulator for jet fighter). Army was using the M-163 Vulcan air defense system (M-113 APC's with mounted 20 mm M-61 Vulcan canons). The Army guys seemed quite pleased to show Air Force Officers how they could shoot aircraft out of the air! Here is a Youtube video of the M-163 in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkkSqazPHkc
Take care!
Jim
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RN Anti Aircraft Shoot 1960's style

JATART
02-20-2017, 01:14 PM
Love it Jim!:lol: :lol: