Appearing during WWII, the Douglas Invader started life as the A-26, but was reclassified as the B-26 from 1948 until 1965. This causes much confusion with the Martin B-26 Marauder which, although being a completely different aircraft, shares some design similarities. While usually referred to as a bomber, the Invader was also a capable attack aircraft and was seen in many different configurations, including those with a huge 75mm gun in the nose, or a version with a whopping fourteen .50 cal machine guns (four on each wing, and six in the nose). Besides the Second World War, the type performed well in Korea, too.
For this beautiful portrait, Koike-san has chosen "Versatile Lady," an A-26B-51 that was flown by Captain Tony Curto out of Iwakuni in Japan in 1951.
This original painting is acrylic on heavy art board. The board measures 54cm x 39cm, and the painted area is approximately 45cm x 34cm.