North American T-28C Trojan (original artwork)
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North American T-28C Trojan (original artwork)

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First flying in 1949, the Trojan is well-known as a trainer aircraft, but it actually saw quite a bit of combat duty during the Vietnam war, flying reconnaissance and other missions. Sporting much more aerodynamic curves than the T-6 Texan it replaced, the Trojan saw extensive service with the US Navy, as seen here, as well as the Air Force. But it also played a major role in Air National Guard units, as well as other nations' air forces (including Nicaragua, France and the Philippines). Roughly 2000 examples were built, and the Philippines was flying them as late as 1994. Even today, they can be regularly seen performing at air shows.

Koike-san spared no expense in the rendering of the details in this painting of a Navy Trojan; the area around the engine and the cockpit is particularly well done. In addition, choosing to portray the landing gear in this unusual mid-cycle position sparks the imagination of the viewer (preparing to land? just took off?) and adds an interesting point to what would otherwise be a very orthodox composition.

This original painting is acrylic on heavy art board.  The board measures 54cm x 39cm, and the painted area is approximately 44cm x 29cm.