Last minute engine run-up and checks are performed on Habu 972 at Det 1, Kadena Airbase in Okinawa, Japan, prior to an operational reconnaissance sortie over the USSR’s naval port at Vladivostok. For over 21 years, Lockheed’s famed SR-71 Blackbird flew highly-classified missions all over the globe, gaining fame as the world’s fastest and highest flying aircraft.
Signatures on reverse (view) Section detail (view)
Iwo Jima - A Hard Won Haven by John D. Shaw
Oil on Canvas 20" x 37"
B-29 with one engine out, as it touches down on the airstrip at Iwo Jima. At great cost, the island had been taken in order to provide an emergency landing strip for damaged B-29s returning from their long range missions to Japan.
Oil on canvas produced in 1989 depicting Col. Hub Zemke and members of his famous 56th Fighter Group breaking off to defend a stricken B-17 from attack by German aircraft.
The reverse of this canvas is signed by Col. Zemke and Col. Gabby Gabreski, two of the top P-47 aces of WWII, now deceased. (view)
Bekaa Valley Gunfight by Robert Taylor
Oil on Canvas 28" x 40"
Oil on canvas produced in 1984 depicting combat between an Israeli F-16 Falcon and a Syrian MiG-23 fought over the Bekaa Valley in June of 1982.
The Hunter Becomes the Hunted by Robert Taylor
Original Pencil Drawing
Size of Matted Drawing with Signatures 29" x 23"
Image Size of Drawing 21.5" x 13.75"
B-25s of the 465th Bomb Group flying over the Alps at the Brenner Pass, escorted by P-47s of the 325th Fighter Group who are engaging an Italian Fascist Macchi c.202 that is cutting through the B-25 formation. Close up (view)
It should be noted that Robert Taylor normally produces pencil drawings in much smaller sizes; however, this being a very large drawing, and considered the fact that Robert is severely limiting his work in pencil at this point in his career, makes this a rare and especially collectable item that is also of definite historical significance.
This drawing has been matted and is shrink wrapped and ready for framing, and has signatures of 2 veterans that flew at the Brenner Pass The signatures are of Gene Koscinski who flew the Brenner Pass in B-25s of the 465th Bomb Group, and Art Fiedler, an 8 victory Ace, who flew P-47s with the 325th Fighter Group at the Brenner Pass. Their respective unit emblems have also been mounted alongside their signatures.
Jet Encounter by Robert Taylor
Original Pencil Drawing 11 1/2" x 16 1/2"
Signed by two German Me-262 jet pilots (bios available upon request)
Support for a Wounded Warrior by Richard Taylor
Original Pencil Drawing Image: 15" x 9" Total: 17" 1/2 x 13" (including Bud Anderson's signature and comments)
Bud Anderson's P-51 "Old Crow" flying cover for a crippled B-17.
Hand signed by Col. Bud Anderson, P-51 Triple Ace
Out of the Dragon's Den by Richard Taylor
Original Pencil Drawing Size of Matted Drawing with Signatures 22 1/2" x 20"
This work depicts a Doolittle Raider B-25 pulling off of its bomb run on Tokyo. The background of Tokyo in 1942 has been researched and is deemed to be somewhat accurate. This drawing has been matted along with the signatures of 4 of the Raiders and is shrink wrapped and all ready for framing.
Signatures by Lt. Richard E. Cole - Crew #1,
Lt. Col. Dolittle's Co-Pilot -Target, Tokyo,
Cpl. David J. Thatcher - Crew #7 - B-25, The Ruptured Duck - Target, Tokyo, Immortalized in the book Thirty Seconds over Tokyo, Lt. Thomas C. Griffin - Crew #9 - B-25, Whirling Dervish - Target, Tokyo, Capt. David M. "Davy" Jones - Crew #5, B-25 Pilot - Target, Tokyo, Lt. Griffith P. "Griff" Williams - Crew #15 - B-25, TNT - Target, Kobe
Toward the Setting Sun by William S. Phillips
Original Oil Painting on Board 16.6" x 24"
The USS Hornet loaded with sixteen B-25s, all that could be shipped, steams eastward as part of Vice Admiral Halsey's Task Force 16, the air-cap provided by the USS Enterprise.
Signed on the reverse by Doolittle Raiders: (view) Col. Richard E. Cole, Col. Robert L. Hite, Major Thomas C. Griffin, and Sgt. David J. Thatcher
Rocket Hunters by Heinz Krebs
Oil on Canvas on Board 28" x 42"
A pair of North American Mustangs from the 1st Scouting Force, 8th Air Force, with P-51 D “Chip” flown by Merrill “Dewey” DuMont in the foreground, detects a German V-2 rocket launch site near the English Channel in the spring of 1945. Signed on the back by Merrill DuMont)
Gunfighters of the New West by Heinz Krebs
Original Oil Painting on Canvas on board 30" x 43"
F-104 Starfighters over the Arizona Desert
Signed on reverse by Chuck Yeager, Tony LeVier, Gunther Rall, and Walter Krupinski
Safe Haven by Nicholas Trudgian
Oil on Canvas 22" x 42"
B-24s of the 93rd Bomb Group flying low over an East Anglian fishing village on the east coast of England on their return from a daylight raid over Germany.
Signatures on reverse (view) by Maj. Gen. Phillip Ardrey, Brigadier Gen. John Brooks, Col. William Cameron and Col. Albert Shower.
Preparing for Action by Richard Taylor
Oil on Canvas 10" x 14"
$3,750 US Framed
Navy Corsairs of VF17, the "Jolly Rogers" taxiing out for a mission in the Solomon Islands in mid 1944.