Formed in early 1941, long before events at Pearl Harbor, a small group of American fighter
pilots volunteered to fight the mighty Japanese Air Force which was sweeping imperiously
through Indo-China. Known as the American Volunteer Group – or just more simply as The
Flying Tigers – during their brief six-month period of combat, and with rarely more than 50
serviceable fighters at their disposal, this small band managed to destroy some 300 Japanese
aircraft. Yet, having blazed their way into history, their brief existence came to an abrupt end
when on 4 July 1942, the AVG was officially disbanded, absorbed into the USAAF.
To commemorate the legendary exploits of the AVG, Jim Dietz, one of America’s most talented
aviation artists, has created BEFORE THE STORM, a powerful painting depicting the Flying
Tigers operating their Curtis P-40s in Burma. Sharing their rugged airstrip with a squadron of
RAAF Brewster Buffalos, the AVG prepares to launch a hurried take-off to intercept yet another
incoming Japanese air raid.
Overall size: 15¾" x 26"
Available in the following editions
Image size: 9¾" x 20¾"
Signed by the artist
Signed by the artist, conservation mounted to include 5 AVG pilot signatures
Adding considerable historic significance, each copy in this
highly-restricted edition is issued mounted to full conservation standards to include the original and authentic autographs of five famous AVG pilots:
Brigadier General ‘Tex’ Hill - 2nd Squadron - 8 ¼ victories Colonel Ed Rector - 2nd Squadron - 10 ½ victories
Lieutenant Colonel Don Lopez - 75th FS, 23rd FG - 5 victories
Brigadier General ‘Flash’ Segura - 75th FS, 23rd FG - 6 victories
Major General John Alison - 75th FS, 23rd FG - 6 victories
Overall size: 16¾" x 27¼"
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