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AH-1 Super Cobra by Larry McManus

AH-1 Super Cobra by Larry McManus
AH-1 Super Cobra by Larry McManus
AH-1 Super Cobra by Larry McManus
AH-1 Super Cobra by Larry McManus
AH-1 Super Cobra by Larry McManus
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These four foot wide "High Definition" prints were created to be reproduced at this width. This is the reason for the excellent detail, sharpness and color saturation that you'll see in every print. T...  >Read More
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  • Paper Edition....$295
  • Canvas Edition....$495

  • Overall Size: 48" x 25" (Includes a white border)
  • Image Size: 44" x 21"

  • Your choice of gloss paper, semi-gloss paper, or canvas!
  • Includes the artist's printed signature on the image.
  • These four foot wide "High Definition" prints were created to be reproduced at this width. This is the reason for the excellent detail, sharpness and color saturation that you'll see in every print. These are the most detailed aviation prints at this size you can find!

    About the print:

    The AH-1 is fully capable of performing its attack mission in all weather conditions. Additional missions include direct air support, anti-tank, armed escort, and air-to-air combat. The TOW missile targeting system uses a telescopic sight unit (traverse 110º, elevation 60º/+30º), a laser augmented tracking capability, thermal sights and a FLIR to allow for acquisition, launch, and tracking of all types of TOW missiles in all weather conditions. The Cobra also uses a digital ballistic computer, a HUD, Doppler nav, and a low-speed air data sensor on the starboard side for firing, and has in-flight boresighting. External stores are mounted on underwing external stores points. Each wing has two hardpoints for a total of four stations. A representative mix when targeting armor formations would be eight TOW missiles, two 2.75-in rocket pods, and 750x 20-mm rounds. The gun must be centered before firing underwing stores. Armored cockpit can withstand small arms fire, and composite blades and tailboom are able withstand damage from 23-mm cannon hits. The Marines depend on attack helicopters to provide close-in fire support coordination in serial and ground escort operations. Such support is required during amphibious ship-to-shore movements and subsequent shore operations within the objective area. The AH-1 is designed for the following tasks:

  • Armed escort for helicopters carrying personnel and cargo
  • Landing zone fire suppression support
  • Visual armed reconnaissance
  • Target marking and direction for high-performance attack aircraft
  • Convoy escort and fire suppression for ground units
  • Operations from air capable ships
  • Point target attack of threatening armor
  • Self-defense and protection of helicopters carrying personnel and cargo from threatening air-to-air weapon-equipped helicopters


    A great deal of planning and passion goes into each large format image...

    The Concept...

    First I sketch out what I want the nal image to look like and then create a shot list for the various parts of the image. Locations need to be identi ed for the background and aircraft shots and models need to be hired. Only then am I ready to shoot the various parts of the image.

    The Plane...

    By shooting the plane by itself on the ground in a controlled situation, I can get much better detail and dynamic range in the image than shooting in the air. The plane is set up at the right angle with the shadow in the right direction. The pilot is positioned and looking in the right direction and the plane is trimmed out with the control surfaces in the correct positions. Multiple shots are taken at various exposures and different angles can be easily achieved during the photo session.

    The Background...

    This is where you have to wait for nature to behave. The air to ground or cloud formation shots have to be taken at the right time of day with the shadows in the correct position. When you are just shooting the background from the air and not worrying about exposing a plane correctly, you are able to create more dynamic views and color saturation that meld together and make the aircraft pop out of the image.

    The Creation...

    There are no short cuts in creating the nal large format photo illustration. You start by editing fty or so shots down to the ten that will be used in the nal master image. This is where my background as a designer/artist comes in. The nal 2 GB master image can take forty hours or more of painstakingly detailed work to combine all the photos, re-illustrate parts of the scene and to color balance the nal image to achieve the original vision.


    To reproduce the fantastic detail and saturated color, these aviation images are printed using actual red, green and blue lasers that can produce 68 billion colors. The lasers project the image on actual photographic material and then is processed through chemical baths. This gives you a TRUE HIGH DEFFINITON (HD) CONTINUOUS TONE IMAGE with no dots like you see in offset lithography printing. This printing method is far superior in detail and color depth than any other reproduction method.


    1) A very high gloss for the best detail and color saturation
    2) A semi-gloss for a very sharp and more muted feeling
    3) On canvas

    The canvas prints are printed with archival quality inks onto a unique impregnated glossy canvas media. This allows for the highest color saturation and detail you can achieve in a canvas print. The Giclée printing process provides better color accuracy than other means of reproduction on canvas. The quality of the Giclée print rivals traditional silver-halide and gelatin printing processes and is commonly found in museums, art galleries, and photographic galleries.
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