OPENING SKY

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300 Limited Edition With three signatures $195.00
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175 P 51 Tribute Edition With seventeen signatures -
75 Artist Proof With thirty two signatures -

Description

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.

THE LIMITED EDITION

Every print has been personally signed by the artist, Robert Taylor, together with THREE of the USAAF’s foremost P-51 Mustang Aces:

Lieutenant Colonel CLYDE B. EAST
Colonel CLARENCE E “BUD” ANDERSON
Colonel ART FIEDLER

MATTED LIMITED EDITION

With all signatures of the Limited Edition, our expert team have conservation mounted this FOUR signature collector’s piece to include the original autograph of an additional P-51 Mustang Ace:

Colonel DONALD CUMMINGS

THE P-51 TRIBUTE EDITION

In addition to the three signatures of the Limited Edition, each copy of the Tribute Edition has been individually signed by a further fourteen P-51 fighter pilots, making a total of SEVENTEEN signatures in total.

Major BILL ALLEN
Captain JAMES L. BROOKS
Captain CLINTON DEWITT BURDICK
Captain WAYNE COLEMAN
Colonel DONALD CUMMINGS
Major URBAN DREW
First Lieutenant RAYMOND T CONLIN
Lieutenant Colonel BOB GOEBEL
Lieutenant Colonel ROBERT A. KARR
Colonel WALKER “BUD” MAHURIN
Colonel STEVE PISANOS
First Lieutenant JOHN SKARA
Second Lieutenant LOWELL STEWARD
First Lieutenant CLINT WHITE

THE ARTIST PROOF

Issued together with all the components of the Tribute Edition, these THIRTY-TWO signature Artist Proofs are matted to include the original signatures of an additional fifteen US pilots who flew fighters in combat, many of whom are top Aces and exponents of the P-51. They include many of the USAAF and USMC’s greatest names.

Brigadier General RUSSELL BERG
Colonel DON BLAKESLEE
Major General CHARLES R. BOND
Colonel GERALD BROWN
Major KIT” CARSON
Colonel FRANCIS “GABBY” GABRESKI
Colonel HERSCHEL “HERKY” GREEN DSC, DFC
Colonel DAVID “TEX” HILL
Lieutenant Colonel FRANK D. HURLBUT
Major JACK M. ILFREY
Lieutenant Colonel ROBERT JOHNSON
General CARROL “RED” MCCOLPIN
Brigadier General ROBIN OLDS
Major RICHARD “BUD” PETERSON
Lieutenant KENNETH A. WALSH USMC MEDAL OF HONOR

Additional information

Artist

Robert Taylor

Media

Lithograph

Overall Print Size

27.5 x 17 inches

Release Date

October 2009

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