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On October third 1953, US Navy Pilot LCDR Jim Verdin set a new world speed record of 753.4 mph in the second of two Douglas XF4D-1 Skyray prototypes. Designed by famed engineer Ed Heinemann, it was the first carrier based aircraft to hold this record. The record was made in the Salton Sea area south of Edwards AFB to take advantage of the high air temperature (lower air density) of the below sea level desert. Four passes were made in full afterburner through the course at approximately 100 above ground level. Production aircraft were known affectionately to pilots as the "Ford," and it was famous for being able to climb like a "bat out of hell."


*This painting is available for purchase by contacting the artist by the phone number listed on this site. Reference "Skyray." Painting size in inches: 18 x 24 and is acrylic on gessoboard.


Prints are available through his website by clicking the "add to cart" navigation button. Print size in inches: 16 x 20 on 18 x 22 paper.


  • All orders are handled and fulfilled by the artist including packaging and shipping. A shipping fee of $10.00 is charged for prints mailed in the United States. Prints are sent in protective packaging including acid free paper.

    Lastly, all customers are contacted and notified with an arrival date and an air bill for tracking purposes.

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