On August 5, 1944, following a successful attack on Japanese forces just north of Changsha, P-40 Warhawks of the75th and 16th Fighter Squadrons, 23rd F.G., are attacked by enemy Nakajima fighters and a massive dog-fight has developed over the Hsiang Chiang river with aircraft wheeling and turning in all directions.
The action is set against the distinctive, haunting landscape of Southern China, Robert’s panoramic canvas capturing all the atmosphere of a crucial aerial campaign fought in the skies above a distant land so many years ago.
The First American Volunteer Group (AVG) – the Flying Tigers – arrived in China in April 1941, achieving significant success against the Japanese. On 4 July 1942 the unit was disbanded to be replaced by the 23rd Fighter Group USAAF, which kept the AVG’s aircraft along with a number of their pilots – including General Chennault as commander. Retaining the distinctive ‘Sharks Mouth’ nose art, along with the nick-name ‘The Flying Tigers‘, the 23rd went on to achieve similar combat success to the AVG.
A total number of 850 Limited Edition and 85 Artist Proofs were issued worldwide and every print is individually numbered and personally signed by the artist
THE LIMITED EDITION
Print numbers 351 – 850 are personally signed by the following five Flying Tigers Aces who flew with the AVG and the 23rd Fighter Group:
Major General JOHN ALISON – 23rd F.G / 8 victories
Colonel DAVID “TEX” HILL – AVG & 23rd F.G / 18 ¼ victories
Lieutenant Colonel DON LOPEZ – 23rd F.G / 5 victories
Colonel ED RECTOR – AVG & 23rd F.G / 10 ½ victories
Brigadier General WILTZ SEGURA – 23rd F.G / 6 victories
THE ARTIST PROOFS
Print numbers 36 – 85 are personally signed by the five Flying Tigers Aces listed above.
THE AVG FOLIO EDITION with companion print
Each print in both AVG Folio editions is also issued with the companion pencil print Tigers on the Prowl, to create a highly collectible eight signature collectors portfolio.
Print numbers 1-350 are personally autographed by three additional Pilots of the AVG – the original Flying Tigers:
Colonel CHARLES OLDER – AVG & 23rd F.G / 18 ¼ victories
Flight Leader ERIK SHILLING – AVG / 1 victory (four of his machine guns were removed for photo-reconnaissance)
Flight Leader DICK ROSSI – AVG / 6 ¼ victories
THE AVG FOLIO ARTIST PROOFS
Print numbers 1-35 are personally autographed by THE three additional AVG Pilots listed above.
Each print in the AVG Folio editions are also issued with the companion pencil print Tigers on the Prowl, to create a highly collectible eight signature collectors portfolio.