HOME RUN (Already Framed)
This print issued in 1990, commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the first flight of the classic North American P-51 Mustang, Signed by leading WW II Aces: Don Blakeslee, Jim Goodson, Robin Olds and ‘Kit’ Carson.
When the P-51 Mustangs first appeared over Berlin, Reichsmarschall Herman Goering announced that he knew then that the war was lost. The P-51’s proved themselves to be the best all-round fighter of the Second World War, and their presence in the skies above the German Capital signified to the Luftwaffe High Command the death knell of the Third Reich. It was fitting that this great fighter should have been the one that slammed the final nail into the coffin of Goering’s Air Force. The great Luftwaffe Ace Johannes Steinhoff had plenty of experience at the receiving end of the P-51. He said “That Mustang was some fighter!” He was right.
Soon after Hitler had invaded Poland the British Government were shopping in the USA for a new fighter. Convinced that they could meet the stringent deadline, North American gave their chief designer, Edgar Schmued, the brief. Four months later, on 26th October 1940, with the distinguished test pilot Vance Breese at the controls, a sleek new fighter took to the air on its maiden flight. The remarkable P-51 Mustang had been conceived and born in a shorter period than any other significant aircraft in history. That it became one of the greatest fighters of all time is a lasting testimony to the thousands of people who contributed to the development and perfection of this great little fighter.
Having a great personal affection for the P-51 Mustang, Robert Taylor has excelled himself even by his own high standards with his painting HOME RUN. Commemorating the aircraft’s 50th anniversary Robert shows a trio of Mustangs, a P-51B and two P-51Ds hurtling through the Rhineland at low level. Returning from long range fighter escort they seek ‘targets of opportunity’ s they rush back to base in Eastern France. In a style unique to this great artist, the scene is set in the heart of the beautiful Rhineland, the P-51s shattering the tranquility of a village, as yet untouched by the ravages of war.
This print is framed and in the AVMC-M Admin Bldg
PRINT #158 OF 1250
Certificate of Authenticity
32 1/2" X 24 3/4"