About The Artwork
The Lockheed A-12 was a high-altitude, Mach 3+ reconnaissance aircraft built for the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) by Lockheed's Skunk Works, based on the designs of Clarence "Kelly" Johnson. The aircraft was designated A-12, the 12th in a series of internal design efforts for "Archangel", the aircraft's internal code name. In 1959, it was selected over Convair's FISH and Kingfish designs as the winner of Project GUSTO, and was developed and operated under Project Oxcart.
The CIA's representatives initially favored Convair's design for its smaller radar cross-section, but the A-12's specifications were slightly better and its projected cost was much lower. The companies' respective track records proved decisive. Convair's work on the B-58 had been plagued with delays and cost overruns, whereas Lockheed had produced the U-2 on time and under budget. In addition, Lockheed had experience running a "black" project.
The A-12 was produced from 1962 to 1964 and flew from 1963 to 1968. It was the precursor to the twin-seat U.S. Air Force YF-12 prototype interceptor, M-21 launcher for the D-21 drone, and the SR-71 Blackbird, a slightly longer variant able to carry a heavier fuel and camera load. The A-12 began flying missions in 1967 and its final mission was in May 1968; the program and aircraft were retired in June. The program was officially revealed in the mid-1990s.
A CIA officer later wrote, "Oxcart was selected from a random list of codenames to designate this R&D and all later work on the A-12. The aircraft itself came to be called that as well." The crews named the A-12 the Cygnus, suggested by pilot Jack Weeks to follow the Lockheed practice of naming aircraft after celestial bodies.
This artwork was made entirely on a digital device. It is NOT a photo of an existing artwork. It is a true original work of art.
Fine Art Print Materials
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- Latex Inks from HP with UV protection
- Solvent-free and suitable for allergy sufferers and children
- Each canvas hand-stretched on a premium wooden frame
Original Created: 2021
Subjects: Contemporary Art
Materials: Canvas Digital Printing
Styles: Classic, Illustration
Mediums: Charcoal on paper
Details & Dimensions:
New Media Print: Canvas Prints
Size: 22” x 28”
Frame: Not Framed (mounted on stretcher bars)
Packaging: Ships in a box
Shipping & Returns
Delivery Time: Typically, 7-10 business days for printing, shipping and handling for domestic shipments within the United States.
Returns: Returns are accepted within 14 days after the buyer receives the package in the mail. Buyer is responsible for shipping back the item to be returned.
Delivery Cost: Shipping is included.
Ships From: Altadena, CA