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Rampant Raider by itifonhom Rampant Raider by itifonhom
      An A-4F Skyhawk of VA-212 "Rampant Raiders" overflies USS Hancock, somewhere off Vietnam coast, summer 1972. This was the personal mount of Commander Frank Clifford Green, Jr. 

     The USS HANCOCK first saw action in Vietnam when aircraft from her decks flew strikes against enemy vessels in Saigon Harbour in late 1964. The Essex class carrier, extensively modernized, returned to Vietnam during the early years of the Vietnam war. The attack carriers USS CORAL SEA, USS HANCOCK and USS RANGER formed Task Force 77, the carrier striking force of the U.S. Seventh Fleet in the Western Pacific. The HANCOCK was the smallest type of flattop to operate in the Vietnam theater, but pilots from her fighter and attack squadrons distinguished themselves throughout the duration of the war. On June 12, 1966, Commander Hal Marr, the CO of VF-211 gained the first F-8 Russian MiG kill.

   Commander Frank C. Green was a pilot assigned to Attack Squadron 212 onboard the USS HANCOCK. On July 10, 1972, CDR Green was launched in his A4F Skyhawk aircraft to lead a night armed reconnaissance mission over North Vietnam.

   Green and his wingman had completed the armed reconnaissance of an assigned road segment and proceeded on their secondary mission to locate and destroyany targets of opportunity they might find. They sighted vehicle lights some distance south of their position and flew in that direction in order to make an unlighted bomb attack. Shortly after the attack, the wingman observed a small flash in the general target area immediately followed by a large, fuel type, secondary explosion on the ground. Not hearing an acknowledgement that CDR Green was off the target or a reply to his comments about the explosion, the wingman suspected that the explosion might be CDR Green's aircraft.

   Search and rescue efforts were initiated immediately, but attempts made to contact CDR Green met with negative results. Since it was not known if CDR Green was killed in the crash of his aircraft or survived to be captured, Green was placed in a casualty status of Missing in Action. CDR Green's remains were recovered in 2008 and were identified in 2010.

   Created with Cinema4D, rendered with Maxwell, edited with Photoshop.
    
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MiceTerIsotope Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2017
The only thing i found weird about the A4 was its landing gear
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itifonhom Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
 Got to agree on that! Thanks for commenting!
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Block-Buster-17 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2016
Terrific artwork with the A-4 and the U.S.S. Hancock during the Vietnam War!!  Rendering honor to whom honor is due is such a marvelous characteristic!!  It placed a smile of gladness in my soul on this cold morning!
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itifonhom Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
 Thank you so much for your wonderful comment, much appreciated!!!! :-)
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Block-Buster-17 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2017
You are truly welcome!!  It is an honor to see an artist focused on such a significant part of our nation's history, while maintaining an apt perspective!United States of America  Clap 
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itifonhom Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
  Many thanks for your kind comment, much appreciated!!!
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ARTificialphanTOM Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your art is breathtaking and the historical stories are amazing. Superior work.
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itifonhom Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
  Appreciate your comment, many thanks!!!
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Heart-und-Seoul Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
The background genuinely fools me as a photograph.  Nice c:
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itifonhom Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
   Well, almost all of my backgrounds are indeed photos and this one is no exception. Thank you so much for your comment!!
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verdenpark Featured By Owner Edited Feb 23, 2016
Fantastic job. The A4 is one of my favourites. A sturdy little work horse that deserves more praise than it gets.
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itifonhom Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
  Agree! Thank you for commenting!!
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PeteVA212 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2015
Outstanding piece! from a former Rampant Raider.
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itifonhom Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
  Many thanks, feel honored! You were a pilot?
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PeteVA212 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015
Yes I was an A-4 driver. I was not on that cruise, but on the subsequent two on the Hancock.  Thanks for your tribute to CDR Green!  Squadron mates of any era are special.  We remember!  Pete
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itifonhom Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing! Really appreciate your comments!  :-)
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Distantstarr Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2015
looks awesome! 
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itifonhom Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
  Thank you so much my friend!!!
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lasaucisse Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015
nice render !!
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itifonhom Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
  Thank you so much!!!
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Enforcer57 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
A great scene, with a great set of info. I remember keeping up with the Linebacker ops in 72, as I was a freshman in HS, but it was hard to do with 3 lousy networks and a 30min news cast. The Essex class CVs were amazing. So is that scene above.
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itifonhom Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
  Thank you so much for the kind comment, much appreciated!! :-)
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KSGOAT Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015
I believe that would be Haiphong Harbor in N Vietnam. Saigon was the captial of S Vietnam and inland on the Mekong River.
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itifonhom Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
  Cheers! Thank you for the comment!!!
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Distantstarr Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015
awesome!!
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itifonhom Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
  Thank you so much!! :-)
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N0T3R Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015
Great job, nice composition between the plane and carrier.  Hancock went through hell and back.
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itifonhom Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
  Thank you so much my friend, very kind of you! Have you got my mail?
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GreyWolfeRun Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a really fine piece of work!
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itifonhom Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
  Thank you very much my friend, nice to you around again!! :-)
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homicidal45 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Very cool work, well done!
Rob
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itifonhom Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
  Thank you so much Rob, appreciate your comment!
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paws4thot Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015
Great pic of the Heinemann Hotrod, and it means so much more with the history attached to the individual airframe.
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itifonhom Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
 Many many thanks, appreciate your comment!
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andr3a-00 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015
Ehi man, this work is awesome.
Materials, modeling and all the composition are superb!
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itifonhom Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
  Thank you so much! The model isn't mine, it's the old free A-4 of bazze, I just created new textures and materials for it.
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getcarter Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015   Photographer
:clap::thumbsup:
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RygartArrow Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015
Superb art. I love the Skyhawk.
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itifonhom Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
  Me too! Thank you very much!!
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TarJakArt Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful render.  Great match up with the background.  Top notch work mate. :)
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itifonhom Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
  Many many thanks old friend, much appreciated!
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Stargatepony Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Incredible! You're getting better by the moment, man! Good job! ^^
Also, have you thought of doing P49 Airacobras serving in the red air force? Would be cool to see one flying their colors
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itifonhom Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
  Not a bad idea at all!! I got it noted. Thank you for your comment!
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Stargatepony Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome man! Keep doing what you're doing!
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DingoPatagonico Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
excellent!!!

the skyhawk still serves in my country x3
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itifonhom Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
   I suppose in Argentina? Thank you for your kind comment!!
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DingoPatagonico Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yeah, our Air Force appreciates the former A-4M a lot (now A-4AR). and if the navy could, still would use the A-4 too x3
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itifonhom Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
  The use of Skyhawks from Argentina is quite legendary, your pilots had some really big cohonnes!
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DingoPatagonico Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh yes x3
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Scottydog332 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015
What a lovely photorealistic image, do you have a shot of the English Electric Lightning ? I can't find a good one that does the old girl justice and she's a remarkable jet in my opinion.
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