"P-51 Mustang - Study 14"
|Four Star General Felix M. Rogers flew P-51B (specifications) FT-O (43-6833), “Beantown Banshee”, when he was assigned to the 353rd Fighter Squadron, 354th Fighter Group, 9th USAAF, operating out of Criqueville (A-2) France, in June, 1944. He scored seven air-to-air victories and two damaged, making him an Ace, one of a few Aces who also made the rank of Four Star General. He was the Commanding Officer of the 353rd Fighter Squadron from August 9, 1944, to October 1, 1944, and although his plane was hit many times in combat, he never had to bail out. He was awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, and 16 Air Medals. He retired from the United States Air Force after 36 years of service.|
|Click on aircraft for progressive study.|
Original Painting 10" x 8" - Acrylic on Masonite
|Signed by Felix Rogers - P-51 Ace (6 air to air)|
|Felix Rogers is a member of our Rogue's Gallery|
|Progressive stages of painting development.|
|1. Drew the insignia for the 353rd
Fighter Squadron, known as the
“Flying Cobras” in pencil. Painted
in the insignia, and covered it
while working on the Mustang.
|2. Penciled in the P-51, and invasion|
stripes. Added star and US insignia.
Painted black invasion stripes, wheels,
propellers, cowling stripe and exhaust
pipes. Finished yellow spinner, anti-glare
green on cowling, and finished cockpit.
|3. Painted aluminum color on fuselage, and added FT-O and tail code number.|
Added highlights, shadows and panel lines to fuselage and wings. Painted in
victory markings, and “Beantown Banshee” on cowling, in yellow first and
then outlined in black. Completed P-51 by adding exhaust stain down the side.
I signed the painting, and General Rogers signed the painting on March 21, 2004.
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