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...Mort Künstler painted this Newsweek cover for the international edition of October 31, 1977?

It portrayed the West German rescue operation of hostages held on a Lufthansa Airliner in the African city of Mogadishu. The mission was a complete success with all the hostages rescued and all the terrorists killed. Mort Künstler was called on by Newsweek to portray the rescue and he accepted the commission in spite of a one-day deadline. After talking with Newsweek personnel in both West Germany and Africa to learn as many facts as possible, he proceeded to paint the picture and get it to the Newsweek offices on the Friday before the publication date. It appeared on newsstands two days later! It appeared all over the world but the ultimate tribute was that it was selected by Newsweek editors for inclusion in their year-end Pictures of the Year Issue. It was the only painting selected. All the other pictures were photos!

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...Mort Künstler did this painting of a Bristol "Brisfit" in 1964?

...Mort Künstler painted this book cover for the Douglas Reeman novel The Greatest Enemy?

...Mort Künstler witnessed the test firing of the main engines of the Space Shuttle?

...Mort Künstler painted the book jacket for Hegerty, MD?

...Mort Künstler painted this picture at the age of five?

...Mort Künstler did this pen and ink drawing of a deer hiding from a hunter?

...Mort Künstler did this pencil drawing that was used as the cover for Drifters Vengeance?

...Mort Künstler painted this farm scene in 1990?

...Mort Künstler painted this domestic hog and pig in 1974?

...Mort Künstler painted this World War II scene of hand to hand fighting?

...Mort Künstler illustrated many stories for the Hearst Sunday Supplement, American Weekly?

...Mort Künstler painted this Aurora box cover of Johnny Unitas?

...Mort Künstler was commissioned by the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle to paint a record five paintings?

...President James Davis of Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia presented this honorary degree of Doctorate of Fine Arts to Mort Künstler on May 8, 1999?

...Mort Künstler painted this Newsweek cover for the international edition of October 31, 1977?

...Mort Künstler did this illustration for a General Electric national advertising campaign?

...Mort Künstler painted this picture of D'Artagnon?

...Mort Künstler did this painting for the cover of the famous Helen Hunt Jackson book Ramona?

...Mort Künstler did this drawing of Apatosaurus dinosaurs for Dinosaur Story?

...Mort Künstler painted this western for the paperback cover of this Louis L'Amour book, Kilkenny?

...Mort Künstler painted the poster for the movie Breakheart Pass ?

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