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William S. Phillips - OVER THE TOP -  LIMITED EDITION PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop

          OVER THE TOP
by William S. Phillips

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Limited Edition of: 1000
Image Size: 7 7/8"w x 35 1/2"h.
Published: May 1989

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An F-104C of the 479th Tactical Fighter Wing, stationed at George Air Force Base, California, during the early 1960, roars heavenward into the winter sky of the Mohave Desert.

The F-104, nicknamed "The Missile with a Man in it," was considered by some to be an exceedingly dangerous aircraft to fly. Those who flew it, however, would for the most part agree that it was an aircraft which when flown within the limits of its performance envelope would outperform any of its contemporaries.

The F-104 was truly a record breaker. It set records in straight away speed time, time to climb for seven different levels and in May, 1968, an F-104A hit an average speed of 1,404 m.p.h. on a two-way course. A year later, an F-104 reached an altitude of 103,395 feet.

The F-104C was introduced in 1958 and had a more powerful engine as well as a removable boom on the left side of the fuselage to facilitate air to air refueling. The F-104 was used in numerous NATO countries, including Germany, Britain, Italy and the Netherlands. In all, the F-104 was operated by 15 air forces throughout the world.

William S. Phillips
Phillips grew up loving art but never thought he could make it his livelihood. At college he majored in criminology and had been accepted into law school when four of his paintings were sold at an airport restaurant. That was all the incentive he needed to begin his work as a fine art painter. Bill Phillips is now a renowned aviation artist and the landscape artist of choice for many collectors. Bill's strengths as a landscape painter, a respect and reverence for a time and place, help him when painting aviation as well as classic landscapes. Phillips often spends days observing landscape subjects. Finding companionship with the land, he is able to convey the boundlessness of nature on the painted canvas inspiring a reverence for the natural landscape in its beholders. After one of his paintings was presented to King Hussein of Jordan, Phillips was commissioned by the Royal Jordanian Air Force. He developed sixteen major paintings, many of which now hang in the Royal Jordanian Air Force Museum in Amman. The Smithsonian Institutionís National Air and Space Museum presented a one-man show of Phillipsí work in 1986. He is one of only a few artists to have been so honored. In 1988, Phillips was chosen to be a U.S. Navy combat artist. For his outstanding work, the artist was awarded the Navyís Meritorious Public Service Award and the Air Force Sergeants Associationís Americanism Medal. At the prestigious annual fund raiser for the National Park Service, Billís work has been included in the Top 100 each year he has entered the competition and his work has won the Art History Award twice. Phillips was selected as the Fall 2004 Artist in Residence at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and tapped by the U.S. Postal Service to paint the stamp illustrations and header design for a pane of twenty stamps in 1997 entitled Classic American Aircraft. He was chosen again in 2005 for a pane of twenty stamps (ten designs) entitled American Advances in Aviation. Billís major collection of aviation art, Into the Sunlit Splendor, was published by The Greenwich Workshop Press in 2005.


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