"P-51 Mustang - Study 7"
|Lt. Colonel Lee Archer was a member of the 302nd Fighter Squadron, 322nd Fighter Group, also known as the “Tuskegee Airmen”. He shot down five enemy aircraft, including three ME-109s on October 12, 1944, thus becoming an Ace. He flew 169 combat missions in World War II, flying the P-39, P-40, P-47, and the P-51B (specifications), number 72, which he named “Ina the Macon Belle”. He also flew combat missions in the Korean War. He retired from the United States Air Force after 29 years of service. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air medal with 12 oak leaf clusters, and three Presidential Unit Citations.|
|Click on aircraft for progressive study.|
Original Painting 10" x 8" - Acrylic on Masonite
|The following Tuskegee Airmen signed the original painting during a celebration at Montgomery Air Field in San Diego, California, on September 20, 2003.|
|Lee Archer is a member of our Rogue's Gallery|
|Progressive stages of painting development.|
|1. Line drawing of P-51B on masonite.|
Painted in the 322nd Fighter Group logo,
added red to the wing tip, and propeller.
Added exhaust pipes, non-reflective
green on cowl and the USAAF logo.
|2. Painted in the fuselage, as well as|
added in the final panel lines and
the number 72. Finished the nose
art text and added the five
air-to-air victory symbols.
|3. I finished the cockpit, and then added the dancing caricature between the|
USAAF logo and the red tail. The painting was signed by the artist.
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