Wednesday, April 12, 2017

27th Fighter Squadron

The 27th Fighter Squadron (27 FS) is a unit of the United States Air Force 1st Operations Group located at Joint Base Langley–Eustis, Virginia. Known as the "Fightin' Eagles" or "Black Falcons", the squadron is equipped with the F-22 Raptor, having transitioned from the F-15 in 2005 to become the world's first operational F-22 squadron.
As one of two fighter squadrons of the 1st Fighter Wing, the 27th is tasked to provide air superiority for United States or allied forces by engaging and destroying enemy forces, equipment, defenses or installations for global deployment. The 27th Fighter Squadron is the oldest active fighter squadron in the United States Air Force, with over 95 years of service to the nation. It was organized as the 21st (later 27th) Aero Squadron on 15 June 1917 at Kelly Field, Texas. The squadron deployed to France and fought on the Western Front during World War I as a pursuit squadron. It took part in the Champagne-Marne defensive; Aisne-Marne offensive; St. Mihiel offensive, and Meuse-Argonne offensive.
During World War II the unit served in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations (MTO) as part of Twelfth Air Force as a P-38 Lightning fighter squadron, participating in the North African and Italian campaigns. During the Cold War it was both an Air Defense Command fighter-interceptor squadron as later as part of Tactical Air Command. It was the first USAF operational squadron equipped with the F-15A Eagle in January 1976.

You will be able to find the 27FS gifts, including limited editions fine art pieces in my FineArt America and RedBubble galleries.

The above information provided in part by Wikipedia, The Institute of Heraldry, Global Security, and the official websites of the corresponding units and formations.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Law Enforcement Insignia & Heraldry

Until now, one area have been somewhat underrepresented across my heraldry art projects. I am talking about law enforcement, fire and first responders’ insignia and badges. But this is about to change. Recently I have launched my 'Law Enforcement Insignia & Heraldry' collection. For now, this collection is limited to my galleries at FineArt America and RedBubble. Not in a distant future, Fire and EMS will follow.  

I have always been captivated by humble beauty of their badges. However, those also presented certain challenges, being among some of the most complex insignia out there. I also felt that my metal textures were not quite up there, since those kinds of badges usually sported extensive metal surfaces and variety of finishes. As my techniques improved, now I felt that I might be up to the task. Another reason for me to embark on this adventure was the fact that recently I have partnered up with Special Operations Group (SOG), who have been in business of military and law enforcement collectibles for more than 26 years. They are offering an extensive collection of law enforcement memorabilia, and will also be offering products featuring my artwork. My military insignia and heraldry artwork will also be prominently featured.

For fine art pieces and other products with my law enforcement artwork, please visit my 'Law Enforcement Insignia & Heraldry' galleries at FineArt America and RedBubble. Also, don’t forget to navigate to Special Operations Group website and check out their extensive product selections. Upon request, artwork in those galleries can be customized with ranks and, wherever appropriate - individual badge numbers. 
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