Copyright Date: 2002
Open Edition Print
36 x 20 inches
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* Fighter Series *
In this painting, the legacy of Lt. Commander
John T. “Tommy” Blackburn, commander of the U.S.
Navy Fighter Squadron VF-17…”The Jolly Rogers”…flies
into the future. Blackburn achieved ace status on 26 January
1944 when, flying an F4U-1A Corsair named “Big Hog,”
he shot down a Japanese Zero over Rabaul in the Bismark Archipelago.
He increased his personal victory total to 11 on 6 February
in aerial engagements over Rabaul. Many of Blackburn’s
fighter tactic innovations are still considered valid in today’s
high-stakes air combat arena. Here, two miles above the USS
Nimitz, these Grumman F-14A Tomcats of VF-84 (The Jolly Rogers
of that period) are the Top-Guns of carrier air-to-air combat.