”Sting of the Black Tulip”
by Robert Taylor
RARE Victory Edition with 9 Ace Signatures
"Sting of the Black Tulip" commemorates Erich Hartmann's seven air victories in a day on 7 August, 1943. Depicted flying his Messerschmitt Me109 G-6, the maestro nails the first of these victories, as he and other pilots of JG-52 come hurtling into the attack. Making use of billowing cumulus clouds, the wily Staffelkapitan leads his squadron in a classic ambush sequence high over the Eastern Front.
Only 1500 Victory Edition prints issued world wide
Colonel Erich HARTMANN - Highest scoring ace in history - 352 victories
Gunther RALL - 275 victories
Walter KRUPINSKI - 197 victories
Peter "Bonifazius" DUTTMANN - 152 victories
Walter WOLFRUM - 137 victories
Adolf DICKFELD - 136 victories
Alfred GRISLAWSKI - 133 victories
Edmund "Paule" ROSSMANN - 93 victories
Kurt SCHADE - 27 victories
Released in 1997, this was the first in the now legendary ‘Hartmann Trilogy’. Unsurprisingly it sold out on the day of release and has remained in constant demand on the secondary market ever since.
Legend has it that the moment a Russian pilot saw the Bf109 with the distinctive Black Tulip painted on the nose, he would know who the pilot was and radio his colleagues with a warning that the world’s most-feared fighter Ace was on the warpath and their best chance of survival was to depart the scene quickly and without contest. That Ace was, of course, Erich Hartmann who, in just over 2½ years, scored 352 aerial victories to easily become the top-scoring Ace in history. It is a feat unlikely to be replicated.
Robert Taylor’s portrayal of this legendary Pilot depicts the 7 August 1943 as the Ace scores the first of seven victories in a day
STING OF THE BLACK TULIP by ROBERT TAYLOR (Me-109: Russian Front: Erich Hartmann)@vbader.com