California National Guard CH-47 and Black Hawk 40th CAB Rescue - Distinguished Flying Cross

Print Sizes Available: 

  • Large: 17 x 13"
  • Small: 11 x 8.5"

Illustrated by: Eric Lian

California Army National Guard 40th CAB California Fires is a helicopter art print from an original illustration. (This is not a photograph or a screen capture from a flight sim game.) Meticulously detailed, the helicopters are bordered by National Guard logo, the American flag, and the California state flag, and the Distinguished Flying Cross

Perfect for award presentations, the office or home, or as a gift for that helicopter fan.
Printed on high quality, heavy weight Luster paper using a 12-color pigmented, archival ink system.

  • Edition Size: Open
  • Paper Type: Heavy Weight Luster
  • Ink Type: Lucia EX Archival Pigment 
  • Illustrated by: Eric Lian
  • Published and printed by: Lian Media

The description on the print states:

On three days beginning September 5, 2020, CH-47F and UH-60M crews from the California Army National Guard 40th Combat Aviation Brigade flew in treacherous conditions in the Sierra Nevada mountain range of Fresno and Madera counties to evacuate 396 campers and 27 animals trapped by the massive Creek Fire, which burned over 300,000 acres.

The Stockton based CH-47 was piloted by Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Rosamond and Pilot Chief Warrant Officer Brady Hlebain, and crewed by Flight Engineer Sgt. George Esquivel, and Flight Engineer Sgt. Cameron Powell. The Fresno based UH-60 was piloted by Kipp Goding and Pilot Chief Warrant Officer Irvin Hernandez, and crewed by crew chief Warrant Officer Ge Xiong.

For their efforts, both crews were awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, a decoration awarded to any officer or enlisted member of the United States Armed Forces who distinguishes himself or herself in support of operations by "heroism or extraordinary achievement” while participating in an aerial flight.

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