The performance figures of the A-12 have only recently been declassified. The A-12 flew faster and higher, Mach 3.29 at 90,000 feet, than any other piloted operational jet aircraft, including the SR-71. Numerous efforts were made by the North Vietnamese to shoot down the A-12, all without success, hence the namesake of this painting: "Untouchable."
"Untouchable" depicts A-12 #937, piloted by Mel Vojvodich (CIA) passing over Haiphong Bay, North Vietnam on the First Operational Black Shield Mission on 31 May 1967.
Included at the bottom of each print are the official seals of the Air Force, CYGNUS, Skunkworks, and CIA.
Reproduced on Archival Museum Quality paper stock, each "Untouchable" print is individually inspected and signed by the artist. An open edition print signed by the artist only is $65. A special limited edition of 100 signed and numbered artist proofs are individually signed by 4 of the 5 surviving A-12 pilots, Frank Murray, Ken Collins, Col Jack Layton, and BGen Dennis Sullivan as well as the artist, Dru Blair, is available for $295.
"Untouchable" is also available as a Giclée (pronounced "zhee-clay'), which refers to a 7-color print which utilizes the latest in digital technology to reproduce art with breathtaking accuracy. This is the largest and most expensive version of our print line, usually measuring an overall 42" inches wide, and printed on museum quality Hahnemuhle paper for $495. A near perfect replica of the original painting, Giclée prints are limited to only 50 examples of each image, and are created for the most discriminating collectors.
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