This outstanding edition is the follow-up to the highly successful releases Height And Sun and Dawn Eagles Rising and carries the original signatures of some of the most prominent P-51 Aces of WWII.
With the morning sun glinting on the fuselages and the Dutch coastline far below, P51 Mustangs of the 78th Fighter Group head for their base at Duxford, at the end of a long sweep east of the Rhine crossing, Spring 1945. Finally the sky was theirs.
Robert Taylor’s visually poetic masterpiece pays tribute to the American P-51 Mustang fighter pilots who flew and fought for freedom during World War II and has been personally signed by many of the United States’ most famous P-51 fighter pilots.
This Tribute Edition print has been personally signed by the artist, Robert Taylor, together with SEVENTEEN of the USAAF’s foremost P-51 Mustang pilots:
Lieutenant Colonel CLYDE B. EAST – 10th Photo Recon Group / 14 ½ victories
Colonel CLARENCE E “BUD” ANDERSON – 357th Fighter Group/ 16 ¼ victories
Colonel ART FIEDLER– 325th Fighter Group / 8 victories
Major BILL ALLEN– 55th Fighter Group / 5 victories
Captain JAMES L. BROOKS – 31st Fighter Group/ 13 victories
Captain CLINTON DEWITT BURDICK – 356th Fighter Group / 5 ½ victories
Captain WAYNE COLEMAN – 78th Fighter Group / 4 victories
Colonel DONALD CUMMINGS – 27th & 55th Fighter Group / 6 ½ victories
Major URBAN “BEN” DREW– 361st Fighter Group / 6 victories, including 2 Me262s in a single mission
First Lieutenant RAYMOND “TED” CONLIN –357th Fighter Group
Lieutenant Colonel BOB GOEBEL – 31st Fighter Group / 11 victories
Lieutenant Colonel ROBERT A. KARR – 52nd Fighter Group / 6 victories
Colonel WALKER “BUD” MAHURIN – 56th FG (Wolfpack) P-47 Ace/ 24 ¼ victories
Colonel STEVE PISANOS – 4th Fighter Group / 10 victories
First Lieutenant JOHN SKARA – 357th FG Mustang pilot / Wingman to Bud Anderson
Second Lieutenant LOWELL STEWARD – 332nd Fighter Group / Tuskegee Airman
First Lieutenant CLINT WHITE – 31st FG Mustang pilot / Flew operations in Italy, Germany and Eastern Europe
THE MATTED SIGNATURES
This copy of Opening Sky has been conservation framed and matted with the authentic signatures of a further Eight Mustang Fighter Aces, making a total of twenty five original autographs.
Captain CLAYTON KELLY GROSS – 354th Fighter Group / 6 victories
Colonel DON BLAKESLEE – Leader of the 4th Fighter Group / 14 ½ victories
Major “KIT” CARSON – 357th Fighter Group / 18 ½ victories
General CARROL “RED” MCCOLPIN – 71, 133 Sqn RAF, 404th FG/ 12 victories
Brigadier General ROBIN OLDS – 479th Fighter Group / 17 victories
Major General DONALD STRAIT – 356th FG, Thunderbolt and Mustang Ace / 13 ½ victories
Colonel JAMES GOODSON – 4th & 31st Fighter Groups / 15 victories
Colonel HERSCHEL “HERKY” GREEN– 4th Fighter Group / 18 victories