AIR COMBAT PAINTINGS VOLUME VI (USAAF Edition)
w/WHERE EAGLES GATHERED
by Robert Taylor
Book Size: 11¼" x 14½" - 128 pages
Overall Print Size: 12⅝" x 17¾"
Edition Size: 600
Together with a 27,000 word text, ROBERT TAYLOR AIR COMBAT PAINTINGS VOLUME VI - USAAF edition contains the significant and valuable contribution of New Zealander PETER JACKSON, who has written the FOREWORD. Jackson is a multi Academy award winning film director, producer, and screenwriter, best known for Directing the 'Lord of the Rings' Trilogy of movies and his 2005 remake of the classic 'King Kong.' A lifelong aviation enthusiast, he is a passionate collector of aviation memorabilia and art, and has long been a fan of Robert Taylor’s work. Among his latest projects is a remake of the classic 1954 film of 'The Dam Busters.'
To have one volume of paintings published would see many artists reach the pinnacle of their careers, but Robert Taylor is something special. Widely acknowledged as the foremost aviation artist in the history of the genre, this new volume in his best-selling Air Combat Paintings series is, incredibly, Volume SIX! Already being hailed as the finest volume of his works ever published, this new edition brings you his very latest and up to date work accompanied by informative text written with refreshing originality and sparkle. This wonderful new 128 page case-bound book is printed on heavy weight art paper and contains over 70 images reproduced in full color, supported by a host of beautiful drawings and informative photographs, including many images never previously seen. Gold-blocked titles emblazon the spine. Readers will experience some of the world’s greatest air battles as visualized by the world’s master of aviation art along with the stories of how these masterworks came into existence. Each limited edition book is case-bound with dark blue cloth, fitted with high gloss full color dust jacket, and each copy is SIGNED AND NUMBERED BY THE ARTIST. Supplied inside a beautiful color-¬coordinated slipcase finished with the artist's signature blocked in GOLD LEAF on the cover, this is sure to be a superb quality heirloom to treasure down through the years.
WHERE EAGLES GATHERED by Robert Taylor is a signed and numbered limited edition print issued EXCLUSIVELY with and with the same edition number as the AIR COMBAT PAINTINGS VOLUME VI - USAAF edition.
On March 5, 1944 the B-24 heavy bombers of the 448th Bomb Group took off from England. Their mission - to destroy the Luftwaffe facilities at Limoges aerodrome in western France, a typical mission for the men of the United States Eighth Air Force in the months that preceded D-Day. Success today would save many lives when that time came. Waiting for them were the Bf-109s of JG2, ready to rip into the attacking force at the first opportunity. Luckily for the bombers they had one of the finest fighter escorts in the Mighty 8th, Don Blakeslee’s 4th Fighter Group – ‘The Eagles.'
Robert Taylor's evocative "WHERE EAGLES GATHERED" recreates a scene from that encounter. As a straggling B-24 comes under attack and its inner starboard engine starts to trail smoke, Steve Pisanos, one of the Fourth’s most deadly Aces, and fellow P-51B pilots quickly arrive on the scene to break up the attack. The Liberator now has a chance to get home.
In addition to the artist this print is individually signed in pencil by:
- Colonel STEVE PISANOS
- Hauptmann GÜNTHER NORDENHOLZ
This exclusive set, the LIMITED EDITION BOOK with matching numbered LIMITED EDITION PRINT, is issued an official Certificate of Authenticity inscribed with the unique collection number.