"Pearl Harbor P-40 Warhawk" - Art Print by Craig Tinder
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DescriptionPearl Harbor 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.
Lt. George Welch was one of a few U.S. fighter pilots to get aloft and attack the Japanese during the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. Returning from a Christmas party in Waikiki the night before and still wearing mess dress, Lt. Welch and another pilot (2nd Lt. Ken Taylor), sped to Halewia Field on Oahu's North Shore. After calling ahead to get two P-40s armed and fueled, Welch wasted no time jumping from Ken's Buick into the P-40B Tomahawk once they arrived. Lt. Welsh was credited with four aircraft - 3 Aichi D3A Val Dive Bombers and an A6M2 Zero Fighter. Welch and Taylor were awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for their decisive actions.
Lt. Welch would later become a triple ace eventually racking up 16 confirmed victories flying P-40s, P-39s, and P-38s. Post war, George Welch became a test pilot for the U.S. Air Force and attempted to exceed the speed of sound in an XP-86 Sabre jet. There is much controversy surrounding the breaking of the sound barrier 2-weeks prior to the X-1 as Welch's highest speeds were achieved while diving instead of level flight.
This fine art print includes an aged background designed from an actual World War II military map. A timeless design for any decor!
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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