Beauty and the beast. by Spencer Trickett

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Oils on canvas board – F14 Tomcat high above a US coastline. More can be seen here follow here

The Grumman F-14 Tomcat is a supersonic, twin-engine, two-seat, variable-sweep wing fighter aircraft. The Tomcat was developed for the United States Navy’s Naval Fighter Experimental (VFX) program following the collapse of the F-111B project. The F-14 was the first of the American teen-series fighters which were designed incorporating the experience of air combat against MiG fighters during the Vietnam War.

The F-14 first flew in December 1970 and made its first deployment in 1974 with the U.S. Navy aboard USS Enterprise (CVN-65), replacing the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II. The F-14 served as the U.S. Navy’s primary maritime air superiority fighter, fleet defense interceptor and tactical reconnaissance platform. In the 1990s, it added the Low Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared for Night (LANTIRN) pod system and began performing precision ground-attack missions.1

The Tomcat was retired from the U.S. Navy’s active fleet on 22 September 2006, having been supplanted by the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.2 As of 2012, the F-14 was only in service with the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force, having been exported to Iran in 1976, when the U.S. had amicable diplomatic relations with Iran’s government


  • kalaryder
    kalaryderabout 1 year ago

    A most interesting read and great work, very eye catching

  • Thanks very much – I did enjoy painting this one.

    – Spencer Trickett

  • larry flewers
    larry flewersabout 1 year ago

    That is amazing mate

  • Thanks Larry – Really hadnt planned to do this . . .call it an artistic urge! lol

    – Spencer Trickett

  • reindeer
    reindeerabout 1 year ago

    Gorgeous work Spencer….yes indeed. ♥

  • Thank you Kelly!

    – Spencer Trickett

  • Colin J Williams Photography
    Colin J Willia...about 1 year ago

    This is superb work !! – Colin

  • Cheers Colin. :)

    – Spencer Trickett

  • Woodie
    Woodieabout 1 year ago

    Fantastic painting Spencer. Great use of colour. It’s going so fast it’s nearly out the picture which is a nice touch. Into faves of course. Cheers Neil

  • Thanks very much Neil – it was nice to paint for myself!

    – Spencer Trickett

  • John Schneider
    John Schneiderabout 1 year ago

    Excellent work!!

  • Thank you John :)

    – Spencer Trickett

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerabout 1 year ago

    Nice one Spencer. – Ted

  • Cheers Ted.

    – Spencer Trickett

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreabout 1 year ago

    Really gorgeous painting.

  • Thanks very much – glad you like it!

    – Spencer Trickett

  • Allen Gray
    Allen Grayabout 1 year ago

    Mate, this is a great piece! Lovin it! Painting and me just never got along.

  • Walter Colvin
    Walter Colvin12 months ago

    Fantastic painting Spencer.

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