"AVG SPIRIT" by DAN KELLY
Limited Edition of 1500: $175
Signed by 5 AVG Aces
Size: 22" x 30"
Aircraft Type: P-40 Warhawk
This beautiful print proudly salutes the heroic American Volunteer Group who fought so valiantly and earned the name “Flying Tigers.” Artist Dan Kelly created this striking watercolor painting which depicts the fighting spirit of the AVG. Each print has been signed by five of the AVG Flying Tigers:
J.R. “Dick” Rossi– was a flight leader in the 1st Squadron, known as the “Adam and Eves” and had 6.25 victories. Dick holds the record for number of flights over the Himalayas, “the Hump.” He helped found the Flying Tiger Airline, and flew for them until his retirement.
Robert P. “Duke” Hedman – was the first AVG ace, shooting down 5 planes in a harrowing fight over Rangoon, Burma on Christmas day 1941. Duke became the Flying Tiger Airlines’ first pilot and held number one seniority until his retirement.
Eriksen E. “Erik” Shilling – was credited with .75 victories. Erik wrote about his unique and adventuresome flying career in his book “Destiny, A Flying Tiger’s Rendezvous with Fate.” Erik was one of the first to paint the now famous “shark’s mouth” on his P-40.
R. T. Smith – was a flight leader for the 3rd Squadron known as “Hell’s Angels.” He was credited with downing 8.66 aircraft, 3 of them on December 25, 1941. He later flew with the Air Commandos in Burma and authored the popular book “Tale of a Tiger.”
Charles H. “Chuck” Older– became an ace the same day as Duke Hedman and ended the war with a total of 18.25 victories with the AVG and the 23rd Fighter Group. He was a Superior Court Judge in Los Angeles and was the presiding judge for the Manson murder trial before he retired.
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