Autographed by Stephen Coonts, Author of Flight of the Intruder.

An autographed copy of the book accompanies each print.

L/E of 1500. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Size: 30 1/4" x 25 3/4"

Price: $250


Making its combat debut in Vietnam in 1965, the Grumman A-6 Intruder provided U. S. Naval Aviation with the capability to operate in some of the worst weather in Southeast Asia. Guided by digital integrated attack and navigation equipment, the aircraft ushered in a new era of aviation technology that all but eliminated visibilitv problems.

According to William S. Phillips, "An A-6 crew could take off, fly to its target at any altitude, drop its ordinance and return to base without the crew ever seeing outside the cockpit."

The A-6's performance soon made it the standard carrierbased medium attack craft of the Navy, and its uncanny accuracy earned it the nickname the "mini B-52."

Today he's a best-selling author, but during the Vietnam war, Stephen Coonts was an A-6 pilot who saw a good deal of action. Here, Philips portrays an A-6 of VA-196 flown by Coonts himself as it drops through the scattered clouds to strike a target in the Vietnam hills. Mission completed, Coonts will return his aircraft to the carrier Enterprise in the Gulf of Tonkin.

Still flying, the A-6 has seen much publicized action against Libya and in the Persian Gulf. Equipment upgrades assure its continued use as a Navy attack aircraft through the 1990s. An A-6 Intruder is featured in Stephen Coonts' best-selling novel on the Vietnam war, Flight of the Intruder, now a major motion picture.

"In my work, I hope to convey to the viewer the beauty and exhilaration of flight." - Bill Phillips' words speak of a goal which he renews with each painting. Indeed, Phillips' paintings often pull the viewer into the action by his technique of blurring the foreground. As a landscape rushes by, the viewer feels the exhilaration of which Phillips talks. Born in 1945, he is a member of the Air Force Art Program and his work hangs in numerous public and private collections throughout the world. He has logged hours in F-106s, F-15s, F-4s to name a few, and spent a tour of duty in the Air Force, which included an assignment at Tan Son Nhut, Vietnam. Phillips claims a hereditary calling to art. His father was a painter and cartoonist, but chose the theater for his career. As for Bill, he has had a love affair with flight from the days when he was twelve and would spend his afternoons watching the National Guard F-86s take off and land at the Van Nuys (California) Airport. Never believing that he could make a career of art, Phillips chose to major in criminology at college and had been accepted into law school. One afternoon he hung four of his paintings in a restaurant; before the third was up he had sold them all. That was all it took to convince him that his future lay, not in legal practice, but in aviation art.

Pilot and best-selling novelist, Stephen Paul Coonts was born in 1946 and grew up in Buchannon, West Virginia, a coal mining town on the western slope of the Appalachian Mountains. He attended West Virginia University and upon graduation was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy. He completed flight training in Pensacola, Florida and received his wings in 1969.

Following fleet replacement training in the A-6 Intruder, Coonts reported to Attack Squadron 196 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, and made two combat cruises aboard USS Enterprise during the final years of the Vietnam war. He served as a flight instructor on A-6 aircraft for the next two years, and then as an assistant catapult-arresting gear officer aboard the USS Nimitz. He left active duty in 1977 and entered the University of Colorado School of Law.

Today Stephen Coonts devotes full time to writing. His first novel, Flight of the Intruder, was on the New York Times best-seller list for 28 weeks and is being published in fourteen nations around the world. A motion picture is based on his novel has been released.