Prints featuring the AH-64 Apache
"Deliverance" by Dru Blair
The McDonnel Douglas AH-64 Apache Attack Helicopter is one of the most formidable weapons systems in the world. In Deliverance, Dru Blair depicts the swift and sudden appearance of one of these agile fighters along a winding river in the first of his new Army Aviation Art Series lithographs.
The raw power of this fully armed 17,000 lb. aircraft is demonstrated in this high speed turn, and the coning of the rotor blades indicates the tremendous demand placed on the man and machine during this maneuver. Colonel Roger McCauley best describes flying the Apache:
"Hands down the most totally effective attack helicopter in the world. Nothing, absolutely nothing, is in its class as a night fighter. It is nearly impossible to describe how it feels to fly and fight in this machine when it is bristling with its missiles, rockets and gun."
Reproduced on 100 lb. Quintescence Archival Stock, each 24" x 30" print of Deliverance is individually inspected and signed by the artist. Also available as an unsigned 11 x 14 print. Be sure to select a print type and framing options when ordering!
"Hellstorm" by Dru Blair
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, by Dru Blair, 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.
The second release in Dru Blair's Army Aviation Art Series, Hellstorm is reproduced on Acid Free Museum Quality Archival Stock, and each 24" x 30" lithograph is individually inspected and signed by the artist.
The original Hellstorm hangs at the War College, Washington, DC. Click on the thumbnail image for a larger view, then click the BACK button on your browser to return here. Be sure to select a print size and framing options when ordering!
Redemption: [noun] liberation, deliverance, free; set free, set clear, set at liberty; render free, emancipate, release; discharge, let go, let loose, let slip, deliver.
Make no mistake about it. The AH-64D Apache Longbow is the most lethal, deployable, survivable, and maintainable multi-mission helicopter in the world. Operating at close quarters in a river canyon, the Longbow Apache demonstrates it's improved performance and handling characteristics over its predecessor, the AH-64A. With its advanced FCR system, which can track and store up to 256 different targets, the Apache Longbow is 28 times more capable than the battle-proven AH-64A Apache, for years considered to be the world's best combat helicopter.
There are two elements that are hidden in this painting: an animal (no, not the eagle), and the profile of an Apache Indian's face. The face is visible at this resolution. The hidden animal might be more difficult to spot. Click Here to see the incredible detail of Dru's artwork.
Reproduced in exacting detail on 100 lb. Museum Quality Archival text, each lithograph is individually signed by the artist, Dru Blair. "Redemption - synonymous with liberation and deliverance, hints at the Longbow Apache's capacity to restore freedom, or to rescue those in peril." ~Dru Blair 2000
An unsigned 11" x 14" version of this print is also available, individually or professionally matted & framed. Be sure to select a print type when ordering!
"Rising Force" by Dru Blair
A full compliment of Hellfire missiles, the "Heavy Hog" configuration, in no way impedes the swift and violent approach of what is regarded as the finest Attack Helicopter in the World.
In an exceptional demonstration of beauty and strength, Rising Force portrays the Apache in a breathtaking Alpine setting, revealing its speed, agility, and mastery of any extreme. Click on the thumbnail image for a larger view, then click the BACK button on your browser to return here.
The Fourth in the Army Aviation Art Series by Dru Blair, and the final print in the Apache trilogy, Rising Force is reproduced on Acid Free Archival Stock, and each 22" x 29" print is individually inspected and signed by the artist.
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