The penultimate release in Robert Taylor’s ground-breaking 'Icons of Flight' series.
In a military career that stretched over 30 years, the breadth of Robin Olds’ combat service was
long and his achievements remarkable. He retired as a ‘triple-ace’ who flew some of the great
piston-engine classic fighters of World War Two, where he achieved thirteen air victories, before
transitioning to one of the world’s most iconic jets, the F4 Phantom, in Vietnam, adding another
four victories to his score.
Robin and Robert became friends with a deep, mutual respect for each other’s skill. “I profess no
special talent,” Olds modestly wrote in 2000, “nor even a smidgen of education in the field of
illustration, but I will hold Robert forever in the forefront of artistry. His talent reaches into our
hearts and minds with an emotional impact equaled by very few.” A talent that has carried over
in MiG Hunters, Robert’s dazzling depiction of his friend’s F4 Phantom in Vietnam, and the
drawing that forms the centrepiece of his latest compilation.
The story behind MiG Hunters amounts to the culmination of Olds’ career during the war in
Vietnam when as Commanding Officer of the USAF 8th Tactical Fighter Wing - The Wolf Pack,
whose F-4 Phantoms were based at Ubon in Thailand, he devised a plan to counter the mounting
losses of U.S. warplanes during Operation ‘Rolling Thunder’ and even the odds. Code-named
Operation ‘Bolo’, the ruse was implemented on 2 January 1967 and involved Olds’ Phantoms
simulating the typical flight path and formation taken by F- 105 Thunderchief fighter-bombers.
The North Vietnamese fell for the trap. Coming up in force expecting to intercept American
bombers the MiG-21s, North Vietnam’s best fighter, were themselves pounced on by Olds’ agile
Phantoms who downed seven enemy MiGs without loss.
Matted alongside MiG Hunters is a completely separate yet matching-numbered study of Robin’s
P-51 Mustang Scat VI in which he scored three aerial victories during World War Two.
Overall matted size: 22" x 36"
Two giclée drawings matted with the original signature of Gen. Robin Olds - plus limited edition book.
Both drawings have been meticulously reproduced as high quality fine art Giclée prints on museum quality archival velvet paper. Robert Taylor then transforms each print into an individual work of art through the delicate application of subtle embellishments, elegant highlights and refined tonal applications of muted colour wash. Only then, when he is entirely satisfied with the finished result, does Robert title and caption each work before signing and hand-numbering each of these individual and unique pieces.
To complete the portfolio, each compilation is accompanied by a matching-numbered biographical book specially written for the occasion which is beautifully illustrated by
Robert Taylor and his son, Richard. Containing several previously unseen works, the book follows Robin’s fascinating life story from his birth in Honolulu and time at West Point, through the Second World War, into the jet age and his time in Vietnam.
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