Schwable, Wulf, and Product
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Product description:Schwalbe, Wulf, and Cochem is accompanied to the German song Ich Mochte Reich Sein or I Wanted to be Rich. There are two aircraft. The one on the left is the Messerschmitt Me262 or more commonly known by its nickname “Schwalbe” is the world very first operational jet-powered fighter aircraft. Unfortunately, the design had many problems related to its engine and metallurgy which kept interfering with the operational status of this aircraft for Luftwaffe until 1944. The Messerschmitt Me262 aircraft at that time was much faster than any of the Allied fighter jets and that also included it being faster than the British jet power ‘Gloster Meteor” aircraft. Messerschmitt Me262 shot down nearly 542 of the Allied aircraft but there are claims that it shot down way more than this figure. The attacking force f this aircraft was massively diminished when the Allied aircraft started attacking the fuel supplies during the end of the war. By the end of the war, Messerschmitt Me262 had little impact on the course of war because of it being introduced far too late in the operational service. German forces ended the use of the Messerschmitt Me262 with the closing of World War II but this aircraft served in the Czechoslovak Air Force until the end of 1951.The designs of this aircraft led to the designs of other post-war aircraft like North American F-86 Sabre and Boeing B-47 Stratojet. The aircraft on the right is the Focke-Wulf 190 German fighter aircraft that was second in importance only to the Bf 109 during World War II. A low-wing monoplane powered by a BMW air-cooled radial engine, it was ordered by the Luftwaffe in 1937 as a hedge against shortages of the liquid-cooled Daimler-Benz DB601 engine, which powered the Bf 109. The first prototype flew in mid-1939, but the aircraft was redesigned to take advantage of a new and more powerful BMW engine, and the Fw 190 did not actually enter service until late 1941. It proved to be an outstanding fighter in its own right. Displaying excellent maneuverability and typically carrying a heavy armament of two 7.9-mm (0.3-inch) machine guns in the engine cowling, two 20-mm (0.8-inch) cannons on the wing roots, and two 20-mm cannons at mid-wing, the Fw 190 became the outstanding air-to-air fighter of the mid-war period. It established a clear ascendancy over opposing Allied fighters that lasted until the Spitfire IX restored parity in July 1942, and it more than held its own for another year. The Fw 190A-2, the first mass-produced version, had a top speed of about 410 miles (660 km) per hour and a ceiling of 35,000 feet (10,600 metres). It played a major role in turning back the U.S. Army Air Force’s unescorted daylight bombardment offensive in the summer and autumn of 1943. Special units of Fw 190s, mounting as many as four additional 20-mm cannons in underwing gondolas, were used in mass attacks to break the integrity of B-17 Flying Fortress and B-24 Liberator defensive formations. The Fw 190’s career as a bomber destroyer was cut short by the appearance of large numbers of drop-tank-equipped P-38 Lightnings and P-47 Thunderbolts over Germany in late 1943, for the Focke-Wulf could not match the performance of these turbo-supercharged U.S. fighters above 30,000 feet (9,100 metres). The subsequent appearance of the P-51 Mustang in large numbers put the Fw 190 at a permanent disadvantage. The castle is Cochem Castle which is perched prominently on a hill 300 feet above the Moselle River, served to collect tolls from passing ships. Modern research dates its origins to around 1100. Before its destruction by the French in 1689 the castle had a long and fascinating history. It changed hands numerous times and, like most castles, also changed its form over the centuries. It was even in hock twice to pay off royal debts! In 1151 King Konrad III ended a dispute over who should inherit Cochem Castle by laying siege to it and taking possession of it himself. The view from Cochem Castle is as impressive as the castle itself – with the Moselle River and the town of Cochem below. In 1294, the newest owner, King Adolf of Nassau pawned the castle, the town of Cochem and the surrounding region in order to finance his coronation. Adolf’s successor, Albrecht I, was unable to redeem the pledge and was forced to grant the castle to the archbishop in nearby Trier and the Electorate of Trier, which then administered the Reichsburg continuously, except for a brief interruption when Trier’s Archbishop Balduin of Luxembourg had to pawn the castle to a countess. But he got it back a year later. The Electorate of Trier and its nobility became wealthy and powerful in large part due to the income from Cochem Castle and the rights to shipping tolls on the Moselle. Not until 1419 did the castle and its tolls come under the administration of civil bailiffs. While under the control of the bishops and electors in Trier from the 14th to the 16th century, the castle was expanded several times. In 1688 the French invaded the Rhine and Moselle regions of the Palatinate, which included Cochem and its castle. French troops conquered the Reichsburg and then laid waste not only to the castle but also to Cochem and most of the other surrounding towns in a scorched-earth campaign. In 1815 the western Palatinate and Cochem finally became part of Prussia once and for all. Louis Jacques Ravené (1823-1879) did not live to see the completion of his renovated castle, but it was completed by his son Louis Auguste Ravené (1866-1944). Louis Auguste was only two years old when construction work at the old ruins above Cochem began in 1868, but most of the new castle took shape from 1874 to 1877, based on designs by Berlin architects. After the death of his father in 1879, Louis Auguste supervised the final stages of construction, mostly involving work on the castle’s interior. The castle was finally completed in 1890. Louis Auguste, like his father, a lover of art, filled the castle with an extensive art collection, most of which was lost during the Second World War. In 1942, during the Nazi years, Ravené was forced to sell the family castle to the Prussian Ministry of Justice, which turned it into a law school run by the Nazi government. Following the end of the war, the castle became the property of the new state of Rheinland-Pfalz (Rhineland-Palatinate). In 1978 the city of Cochem bought the castle for 664,000 marks and now has it administered by a private company known as Reichsburg GmbH.
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Schwable, Wulf, and Cochem

$300.00 USD
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  • Product ID#: 216885.
  • Dimensions: 18" width x24" height x.625" depth
  • Weight: 2 lbs
  • Materials: Acrylic, Oil
  • Subject: Floral, Landscape, Nature, Other Subjects, Transportation
  • Style: Realism
  • Colors: Black, Blue, Brown, Gray, Green, Red, White

Artwork Description: Schwalbe, Wulf, and Cochem is accompanied to the German song Ich Mochte Reich Sein or I Wanted to be Rich. There are two aircraft. The one on the left is the Messerschmitt Me262 or more commonly known by its nickname “Schwalbe” is the world very first operational jet-powered fighter aircraft. ...
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I've been drawing since childhood. I'm a retired military pilot. When stationed in northern Maine I began to paint. I painted off and on for 30 years...mostly off. After being furloughed from the airline industry I began to paint daily. I've been doing that for three years. I strive for realism. I enjoy painting from old black & white photos, videos, and ancient sculpture. I'm now dedicating my web site at to painting the greatest generation.