"Beach Head Strike Force"
By Artist, Robert Taylor
Artist Proof, Limited to 125 prints
Edition #: 39/125
Size: 32.75" x 25" (83.2 x 63.5 cm)
COA Not Available
Signed by Colonel Phil Delong, Captain Harold Segal, Colonel James E. Swett, Lieutenant Colonel Kenneth A. Walsh, and Artist Robert Taylor.
The Vought F4U Corsair was arguably the best American fighter of WWII, and it is generally accepted to have been the best carrier-borne fighter of the war. Its pilots destroyed well over 2000 enemy aircraft achieving an 11-1 victory ratio - an outstanding record for a fighter that didn't enter service until early 1943.
The first carrier-borne F4U Corsairs were operated by the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm during attacks against the Tirpitz, and the distinctive gull-winged fighter saw service with nineteen FAA Squadrons, mostly in the Far East. But it was in the hands of the US Navy and Marine pilots in the Pacific that this outstanding aircraft made its greatest contribution to the Allied war effort, the 400 mph single-seat fighter proving a formidable opponent in any role its pilots chose.
Taylor's magnificent painting features a gaggle of F4U-IAs on a low-level strafing run during Allied landings in the Marshall Islands in 1944. Below an AM6 Zero lies decaying on the beach, the victim of an earlier aerial contest. In the distance Allied shipping bombard enemy positions while landing-craft bring the invasion force ashore.
This print has been SOLD OUT for years and is only available as a Secondary Market offering.
Never Framed & Stored Flat in Smoke-Free Environment.
About the Artist:
The name Robert Taylor has been synonymous with aviation art over a quarter of a century. His paintings of aircraft, more than those of any other artist, have helped popularize a genre which at the start of this remarkable artist's career had little recognition in the world of fine art. When he burst upon the scene in the mid-1970s his vibrant, expansive approach to the subject was a revelation. His paintings immediately caught the imagination of enthusiasts and collectors alike. He became an instant success.
Robert's aviation paintings are instantly recognizable. He somehow manages to convey all the technical detail of aviation in a traditional and painterly style, reminiscent of the Old Masters. With uncanny ability, he is able to recreate scenes from the past with a carefully rehearsed realism that few other artists ever manage to achieve. This is partly due to his prodigious research but also his attention to detail: Not for him shiny new factory-fresh aircraft looking like museum specimens. His trade mark, flying machines that are battle-scarred, worse for wear, with dings down the fuselage, chips and dents along the leading edges of wings, oil stains trailing from engine cowlings, paintwork faded with dust and grime; his planes are real!