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Keith Ferris - LINEBACKER IN THE BUF(F) -  LIMITED EDITION PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop

by Keith Ferris

Original Retail Price $225.00
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Limited Edition of: 1000
Image Size: 36"w x 14 1/2"h.
Published: April 1991

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Crews who flew the B-52 in Southeast Asia called the aircraft BUF, for the "Big, Ugly, F...." This was modified at the urging of Strategic Air command to BUFF, meaning a more genteel "Big Ugly Friendly Fellow." The last two words have also been heard as "Flying Fellow" and "Fat Fellow."

Operating virtually unopposed against the Vietcong in South Vietnam from 1965 to the early 1970s, the B-52s were to prove themselves conclusively in 1972. For eleven days in December, they penetrated the strongest air defense network ever encountered in the history of aerial warfare to bomb military targest in Hanoi and Haiphong, North Vietnam.

Code named Linebacker II, this operation brought North Vietnamese intransigence to an end, returned them to the bargaining table and ended the Vietnam War - bringing the P.O.W.s home. The B-52s continued to do their job during Desert Storm and helped bring that war to an early conclusion as well.

"For 'Linebacker in the BUF(F),' I chose B-52D 55-0094 - seen at sundown, eastbound from U Tapao, Thailand, to its target in Hanoi. The venerable old girl shows her age, her wings flexing as she rides the track of the lower B-52's condensation trail.

"I knew her well, for on November 27, 1968, I flew a mission in her from Thailand to Mu Gia Pass, North Vietnam. 094 stands today, retired to static display on the ramp at McConnell Air Force Base, Wichita, Kansas."

Keith Ferris
An artistís career can rest on the simplest of things. For Keith Ferris, it was an allergic condition which kept him from becoming a pilot for the Air Force. But he didnít let that stop him from making his love of aviation his life. Instead, he channeled his energy and enthusiasm into becoming an aviation lecturer, historian, model-builder, inventor and artist known for his scrupulous accuracy of aircraft and events. It also didnít keep him from flying all over the world in almost every type of jet aircraft possble. His knowledge of the industry and passion for sharing the thrill of flight was all in the family. He was the son of an Air Force officer and grew up on military bases in the U.S. and England. He majored in aeronautical engineering at Texas A&M University and enrolled in the Air Force ROTC. Since then he has painted for almost every major defense contractor in America and completed a variety of commissions for the U.S. Government, both practical and creative. He holds the patents for five air combat camouflage paint schemes and painted two twenty-five by seventy-five-foot murals for the Smithsonian Institutionís National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. He has been elected a life member of the Society of Illustrators and the Order of Daedalians, the national fraternity of military pilots. He is Honorary Air Force Art Chairman, past executive vice president of the Society of Illustrators and founder as well as past president of the American Society of Aviation Artists.


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