The Sundowners


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F-4 Phantoms of VF-111, ‘The Sundowners’, launch from USS Coral Sea in the Gulf of Tonkin in a successful attempt to intercept North Vietnamese MiGs returning to Quang Lang airfield, 6 March 1972.

Part of a powerful pair of prints featuring the iconic McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II which was used extensively by both the USAF and USN in Vietnam.

As America sought to extricate itself from the war in Vietnam, by the beginning of 1972 US troop levels in the country had fallen dramatically from their all-time high in 1968. The United States was now relying primarily on air power to help the South Vietnamese Army, including US Navy units based on carriers operating in the Gulf of Tonkin. One of these was VF-111 – The Sundowners, portrayed in Anthony Saunders’ brilliant painting.

Already internationally renowned for his stunning depictions of World War Two scenes, Anthony has excelled all expectations with his latest work, unbelievably his first-ever jet painting. And what a treat it is; depicting a colourful F-4 Phantom from VF- 111 as it launches from the carrier USS Coral Sea. The date was 6 March 1972 and the Phantom was NL202, call sign ‘Old Nick Two Zero One’, flown on this mission by experienced pilot Lt Garry L. Weigand and his back-seater, Radar Intercept Officer Ltjg. William C. Freckleton. They were part of a two-ship team tasked to intercept MiGs that had just clashed with Phantoms of VF-51 on a strike force escorting a photo-reconnaissance RA-5C Vigilante over Quang Lang airfield. They found a MiG-17, and in a ‘nasty turning fight with the scrappy little plane’, Weigand manage to roll in on the MiG from the rear and in a dramatic victory, downed it with a Sidewinder.

Overall Print Size: 26 ½” x 19 ¼”
Image Size: 20 ¾” x 12 ¾”

A fitting tribute to the role played by Navy Phantoms in Vietnam and all those who served during the conflict.

The Limited Edition & Artist Proofs
Each print is exclusively hand-numbered and personally signed by the artist Anthony Saunders.

The Remarque Editions
Widely considered as some of the best and largest in the industry, Anthony’s unique pencil remarques are individually created in the lower margin of the print. The first edition, consisting of 25 single sized remarques, are a perfect way to collect original art.

The Double Remarques
Created specially for the serious collector, these dramatic pieces are much bigger than a standard remarque and exclusively restricted to just 10 copies worldwide. The demand for these superb creations is such that we urge collectors to reserve their remarques early to avoid disappointment.

Giclée Studio Proofs
Using the most sophisticated digital Giclée technology, each Studio Proof is printed directly on to fine canvas creating a stunning piece which has all the look and feel of an original painting. Fully authorised, stamped on the back, hand numbered and titled, each canvas proof is supplied pre-stretched ready to simply drop into a frame of your choice.

Overall stretched canvas size: 36″ wide x 24″ high

The Sundowners is just part of Anthony’s portfolio, the second release titled miG encounters is available individually or as a matching-numbered pair whilst stocks allow.


Anthony Saunders


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Giclée, Prints


F-4 Phantom


US Navy, Vietnam War