As the days lengthened with the coming of spring, and clear blue skies beckoned, an eager young flyer wrestled with the difficult task of surviving his first hectic missions as a novice fighter pilot. North of the Caucasus Mountains, the landscape was unfamiliar to the raw recruit, and in the maelstrom of the dog-fight it was easy for an inexperienced pilot to become quickly and hopelessly lost. Below, a hostile territory waited to claim anybody breaking the rules of combat.Like most novice fighter pilots, this fresh-faced, blond-headed lad needed some luck and, not without some effort and determination on his part, he got it. During his first combat he became totally disorientated, ran out of fuel but, largely due to his piloting skill, survived the inevitable crash-landing. Then, a few days later having just achieved his first aerial victory, he was immediately shot down? Again crash-landing and escaping his burning aircraft moments before it blew up.
It was an initiation that would have demoralized most aspiring fighter pilots, but not this man. This man was made of sterner stuff.
This man would go on to become the highest-scoring fighter Ace in history. This man was Erich Hartmann.
"HARTMANN TRIBUTE" is a special Tribute Edition to the fighter pilot who, over an astonishing 1400 combat mission career, operation in the Eastern Front between 1942 and 1945, was credited with 352 aerial victories. With that record, one that is never likely to be equaled, Colonel Erich Hartmann became the highest scoring Ace in history. This highly collectable limited edition print is a superb depiction of Erich Hartmann in his Me109G4 in the spring of 1943. In a dramatic and moving scene during the Kuban battle in Southern Russia, Russian Stormoviks have made a determined attack on a Panzer division.Luftwaffe Me109s from JG-52 have beaten off the attack, and the German tanks are on the move again. In the foreground the crew of a Russian Stormovik evacuates their stricken aircraft, while overhead a jubilant Erich Hartmann and friends make a low pass to celebrate their victory.
Painted with superb skill by the world's most collected painter of aircraft, this outstanding edition is undoubtedly one of the most sought-after aviation art editions. Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity. In addition to the artist this print was individually hand signed in pencil by.I HAVE OVER 100 PRINTS LISTED WITH MORE BEING ADDED DAILY. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN MORE THAN JUST ONE PRINT SHOOT ME A MESSAGE AND WE CAN WORK OUT A DEAL. IF ANY PRINTS HAVE DEFECTS THEY ARE LISTED IN THE DESCRIPTION AND SHOWN IN THE PICTURES.