The Artist
The Illustrations
Vipers and Raptors!
Gallery One
Gallery Two
Gallery Three
Gallery Four
Gallery Five
Gallery Six
Pilots & Crew
Pilot Portraits
Books by Lou Drendel
The Lima Lima Book
Aviation Art Book

Gallery Two

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"That Was Close!" F-105G from the 17th WWS dodging an SA-2 SAM during Operation Linebacker in 1972. Pencil and acrylic on illustration board. 16" x 20" $500

C-130 dropping paratroops of the 82nd Airborne Division. Fort Bragg, NC, 1958. Published in C-130 In Action, 1980. 16" x 7" acrylic & pencil on illustration board $250 SOLD A-7E of VA-72 as it appeared during Operation Desert Storm on the last combat cruise of the Corsair II. Illustration for A-7 Corsair II Walk Around to be published by Squadron/Signal. 10" x 20" acrylic on board. $350 "Leroys Joy" was a B-25H   16" x 7" acrylic on illustration board. $400

On a sub-zero January morning, we were aboard an American Airlines MD-80 out of O'Hare IAP, bound for Fort Myers. As we climbed out, the rising sun silhouetted the Chicago skyline as it rose over a frozen Lake Michigan. 24" x 18" acrylic on canvas panel $800 The Curtiss F9-C "Sparrowhawk" was designed for use as a reconnaissaince aircraft. It was known as "The Flying Trapeze" because it was launched from and recovered by the U.S. Navy Airships Akron and Macon. Six Sparrowhawks were built in 1932. Their service ended when the Macon crashed at sea with four Sparrowhawks aboard. 24"x18" acrylic on canvaspanel $800. KC-130F Blue Angels support aircraft, "Fat Albert". NASA NC-130B used as earth survey vehicle. acrylic on board 20" x 15" C-130 In Action. $300 LC-130R of VXE-6, used for Antarctic resupply mission. Published in "C-130 In Action" 20" x 10" acrylic on illustration board. $350

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Rear Cover, USN Phantoms In Combat. 26" x 20" acrylic on illustration board. $750 Space Shuttle Challenger. Published in "Shuttle Walk Around" acrylic on illustration board $425

Proposed (but unused) cover for Air War Southeast Asia. acrylic on hardboard 18" x 24" $350


F-101Bs of 142nd FIG, 111th FIS, 409 Sqd RCAF published in "Century Series" 20" x 18" acrylic on illustration board $425

McDonnell Douglas YC-17 Prototype. acrylic on board 20" x 15" $350 One of a kind 2-seat A-10. Published in A-10 In Action 1. acrylic on hardboard 24" x 12" $350 The cover illustration for my eBook, "A-10 Warthog Illustrated". 20" x 15" acrylic on illustration board. $800

“Shamrock Special” was a B-17F-60-BO 42-29591 of the 401st BS, 91st BG. After being damaged in a ground collision with another Fort, it received a new rear fuselage. It carried 3 separate pin-ups, one on either side of the nose, and a more impressive lass, painted by Jack Gaffney, on the tail. It was returned to the USA in mid-1944. 20" x 10" acrylic on illustration board. $400

Orginal art for the print in Gallery One. 15" x 20" acrylic on illustration board. $600

The cover illustration for "B-52 Stratofortress Illustrated" 18"x24" acrylic on canvas. $500

SH-3 Sea King pulls a Navy pilot from the Gulf of Tonkin in 1967. Unpublished. 16" x 20" oil on canvas panel. $375 "Big Mac Junior" , a P-51B-10-NA of the 363rd Fighter Group was flown by Captain John Brown, Jr. from Maupertus, France in August, 1944. 18"x24", acrylic on canvaspanel. $950

"First Trap" shows a fledgling Naval Aviator approaches USS Lexington in his TA-4J trainer for his first arrested landing. 20" x 16" acrylic on canvas panel. $700 CV-22 Osprey of USAF SOC. 20" x 15" acrylic on illustration board. $400 UH-1B Huey gunship over Vietnam 1966. Oil on Canvas 30" x 24" $500  

NASA F-104 high over Edwards AFB, California. Edwards is a prime testing site for experimental aircraft and is the home of the USAF Test Pilot School. The F-104 Starfighter was one of the leading edge Century Series of USAF fighters during the 1950s and 1960s. 24" x 18" acrylic on gessoed hardboard. $800

The rear cover illustration for by B-52 book shows the NB-52A launching the X-15. 24" x 18" acrylic on canvas panel. $800 Grumman OV-1 Mohawk 20" x 15" acrylic on board $275 On 10 September 1952, Captain Jesse Folmar and his wingman were attacked by a pair of MIG-15s. When the MIGs overshot, Folmar shot one down. He was then attacked by an additional four MIG-15s and subsequently shot down and rescued. 24" x 18" acrylic on canvaspanel $500 A-7E of VA-46  being armed for a Vietnam air strike. 20" x 16" acrylic on board. $500

A-10A 80-0186 of the 23rd TFW from England AFB, Louisiana was battle damaged on three separate occasions during Desert Storm. This shows the last, and most serious damage, caused by an IR SAM. It was repaired an returned to service each time. 20" x 10" acrylic on illustration board $325

CH-47 Chinook South Vietnam, 1966. Published in "Air War Vietnam" 1968. 20" x 15" $375 reserved

Iraqi Freedom Apache.  20" x 15" acrylic on board. $700 “Our Gal Sal” was a B-17G-30-BO of the 338th BS, 100th BG out of Thorpe Abbots, UK. It flew over 100 combat missions, and carried the scoreboard on its starboard fuselage. The nose art and mission log were painted by ground crewman Frank Stevens. 20" x 8" acrylic on board. $400

"Combat Insertion" The MV-22 Osprey has become the most important combat transport for the Marines. It has seen extensive use in Afghanistan. 24" X 18" acrylic on canvaspanel. $800



“Holy Smokes” was B-17G 43-37523 of the 560th BS, 388th BS. It flew 84 combat missions, from 6 June 1944 to 2 May 1945.

20" x 8" $400


F/A-18F Super Hornet traps. 20"x15" pencil and acrylic on illustration board $400

C-130 of the U.S. Coast Guard. Published in "C-130 In Action". 12" x 6" $250

EAA Warbirds of America Poster. Published in membership brochure.24" x 15" acrylic on board $550

UH-1 sideviews published in "Huey" acrylic on illustration board $225

A-4E over Vietnam, 1966 unpublished. 24" x12" oil on canvas panel. $350

Hornet of VMFA-115 Silver Eagles over Baghdad during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Rear cover painting for "The Aviation Art of Lou Drendel" 24" x 18" acrylic on gessobord. $800


“Wabash Cannonball” was a B-17F-80-BO of the 322nd BS, 91st BG out of Bassingbourn, UK.  Famed nose artist Tony Starcer painted the Disney-esk nose art. It flew over 60 combat missions before being retired to CONUS as war-weary. It was later scrapped. acrylic on board 20" x 8" $400

Concept painting for the cover of the forthcoming "F-22 Raptor In Action". 20" x 16" acrylic on canvas panel. $500

Gene Tucker's twilight launch from USS SARATOGA on his MiG killing mission of 10 August 1972. 24" x 16" acrylic on board. $600

A-10A of the 926th Fighter Squadron during Operation Desert Storm. The 926th was deployed for the first Gulf War from 31 December 1990 to 18 May 199. 20" x 10" acrylic on illustration board. $400

MV-22 of the Marines during its initial combat deployment. 24" x 18" acrylic on canvaspanel. $700 Venice, Florida was the site of an active World War II training base of aspiring USAAF fighter pilots. Beginning in early 1943, the Army Air Forces trained P-39, P-40, P-47, and P-51 pilots at the Venice Army Air Base. This paintings reflect some of that experience. P-40 (above) 20" x 15" pencil and acrylic on illustration board. $500 My first painting of a Phantom, dating from 1965 oil on canvas panel 28" x 20" $325 Boeing YC-14 prototype transport. Published by Freetime Publishing, 1978. 20" x 15" acrylic on board $325