"OUTRUN THE THUNDER"

BY JOHN SHAW

Autographed by at least 60 SR-71 crew members.

Limited edition signed and numbered by the artist.

Size: 26" x 37"

Price: $395-450


Born of the Cold War-era need to gather highly classified photographic intelligence from around the world, the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird was and remains the world’s fastest and highest flying jet-powered aircraft. While retired in 1990, 26 years after its first flight in 1964, the spirit of the Blackbird has been rekindled in Outrun the Thunder, a new painting and print series by noted Florida-based aviation artist John D. Shaw.

During its posting to Kadena Airbase, on the island of Okinawa, Japan, the SR-71 gained the nickname “Habu,” when the indigenous population correlated the SR-71’s sleek profile with that of the Habu, a small snake native to the island. Outrun the Thunder depicts Habu number 972 at Kadena as it undergoes a last-minute engine run-up prior to a 2,000 mile per hour reconnaissance sortie over the former Soviet Union’s foremost naval base at Vladivostok.

In June 2003, in celebration of the camaraderie forged during their missions at the helm of the Blackbird, 68 SR-71 pilots gathered for a reunion in Reno, Nevada. At this event, over 60 former crewmembers, roughly 2/3 of the total that had manned the SR-71, signed limited-edition copies of Shaw’s Outrun the Thunder. Unlike the SR-71, which prided itself on elusiveness, Outrun the Thunder should make a bold entrance onto the aviation art stage, while perpetuating the legacy of the Blackbird and its crews on every wall the print graces.

Regular Edition
Each has a minimum of 60 signatures
Limited edition of 500
$395 each

Artist's Proof
Each has a minimum of 65 signatures
Limited edition of 75
$450 each