Tip of the Spear
36" x 48" oil (1986)
U.S. Air Force Art Collection
Mark Waki


McDonnell Douglas F-4G Phantom II "Wild Weasels" of the 37th TFW, George AFB, California attack enemy antiaircraft sites in hypothetical combat. The F-4G has the special role of suppressing enemy ground-based air defenses. The Weasels are the first in and last out of the target area, flying one of the USAF's most dangerous and demanding missions.

Artist's Note: The caption reflects the 1986 time frame. Wearing an overall gray camouflage the F-4G saw combat in Operation Desert Storm in 1991. The USAF's Wild Weasel role has since been assumed by the F-16 CJ/CG.


This painting is part of the United States Air Force Art Collection and was reproduced as a 20" x 24" open-edition lithograph. Click here for lithograph ordering information. The artist retains all reproduction rights to this painting. Any unauthorized use of this image is strictly forbidden.