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Pappy Boyington P-40 Warhawk
By Artist, Craig Tinder

Printed on a heavy, matte substrate, this archival art print is fade-resistant with an astonishingly high resolution to bring out rivet-level details.

Gregory "Pappy" Boyington is the stuff legends are made of. With a colorful beginning to his Marine Aviation career, Boyington would begin his first combat tour with the legendary "Flying Tigers" under the leadership of Gen. Claire Chennault. After a dishonorable discharge by Chennault, Boyington would find himself eventually taking up command of a dispersed group of Corsair pilots within VMF-124, later redesignated as VMF-214 "Black Sheep Squadron". Through considerable brawling and drinking, Pappy Boyington would eventually lead VMF-214 to an exemplary victory record, where he alone would rack up 26 confirmed victories (28 by other sources) against the Empire of Japan.

Pappy's luck eventually ran out when he was shot down and interned as a POW for the remainder of the war. A6M Zero pilot, Masajiro "Mike" Kawato would later claim credit for the victory over Pappy Boyington in his own autobiography, "Bye Bye Black Sheep".

"Adam and Eve" refers to the 1st Pursuit Squadron of the AVG. The squadron logo consisted of Adam and Eve running with the forbidden fruit and serpent.

Artist Craig Tinder, had the distinct privilege of meeting both Pappy Boyington and Mike Kawato before they flew West. This encounter served as a strong inspiration for the artwork.

This item is printed on demand and typically requires 2-3 day for printing prior to shipment.

About the Artist:

Craig Tinder is an artist/historian specializing in the creation of digital aviation art work and has held a lifelong passion and interest toward history and painting. Craig grew up hanging on the fences at the Reno Air Races which fueled his passion for illustrating his favorite subject matter: WW2 aircraft. As a Loadmaster and restorer on a B-17 Flying Fortress, he understands the intricate details of his pursuits and re-creates one-of-a-kind warbird illustrations for the families of veterans. He has won numerous art shows and has contributed illustrations to a variety of publications and public education displays. Over the years, Craig has amassed a large collection of artifacts, period photos, clothing, weapons, and more, all of which are used as research materials in his paintings. He is an avid collector and serious historian - combined with his artistic talents, he produces exciting and accurate renditions of history. His original and limited-edition print work can be seen in many private collections around the world.

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