I am a historical artist, therefore, I research my subject before I begin to paint. I would like to share some of my early findings.
The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African-American military aviators in the United States armed forces. As an artist, I must portray the speed of their fighter plane. The Red Tail P51, which was a Mustang, was hugely successful as an escort to the heavy bombers to Berlin and back to base. This plane was fast and built to compete with the German Luftwaffe and the Messerschmitt aircrafts. Until the Mustang, we were being thrashed in the sky by their superior and faster fighter planes. The Tuskegee pilots were wedded to their P51’s. Their proudest action of the War was their success as escorts. Indeed they were the best with the least number of bombers lost to anti-aircraft gunners and to the German fighter ace pilots. More details to follow. Kay