“Eagles of the Eighth” by Richard Taylor

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  • Regular price $105.00

Limited Edition $105

Artist Proofs $140


Matted Veterans Edition $315

10 Remarques $630

By the end of 1944 thousands of sleek, long-range, sparkling silver P-51 Mustangs of the U.S. 8th Air Force were prowling ever deeper into Germany, seeking out the remnants of Goering’s once-fabled Luftwaffe. For the past year the P-51s had been at the sharp end of the fight but now they dominated the sky, achieving complete combat air superiority over the Reich. The Mustang had been transformed into one of the most potent weapons of the war.

But this outstanding machine could never have achieved such a status without legendary men to fly them – and the Mustang pilots of the ‘Mighty Eighth' were among the best in the world.

Men such as Colonel John D. Landers, CO of the 78th FG and main subject of artist Richard’s stunning work Eagles of the Eighth. The picture relives a moment during the spring of 1945 in which he and his men are about to start engines and head out from Duxford to strafe targets of opportunity in Germany. Colonel Landers notched up an impressive 14.5 victories – including a share in a Me262A which he achieved flying his P-51D Big Beautiful Doll, whose markings are well known to enthusiasts at air shows across the world.

In tribute to the great men who flew P-51s, each print has been personally signed over the years by up to four famous veterans who flew this amazing fighter in combat during WWII. Adding great authenticity, the matted Veterans Edition and Remarques also include the original autographs of some of the finest pilots and Aces to fly Mustangs during the war. 

The Limited Edition & Artist Proof

Along with artist Richard Taylor, Two famous P-51 Mustang pilots who flew with the USAAF over Europe during WWII have personally signed each print:

  • Colonel ARTHUR C. ‘ART’ FIEDLER - 325th FG / 8 victories 
  • Colonel JOSEPH A. PETERBURS - 20th FG / 2 victories

The Collector’s Edition

Each print in this four signature edition has been additionally signed two highly-regarded Mustang pilots who achieved Ace status whilst flying P-51s during WWII:

  • Colonel CLARENCE E. ‘BUD’ ANDERSON- 357th FG / 16 ¼ victories (pictured)
  • Colonel STEVE N. PISANOS - 4th FG / 10 victories

The Matted Veterans Edition

Adding considerable historical significance, each copy in this highly-restricted edition has been mounted to full conservation standards to include the original and authentic autographs of a further six famous P-51 Mustang pilots who flew during WWII, creating a stunning TEN signature edition:

  • Colonel ERNEST E. ‘ERNIE’ BANKEY - 364th FG / 11½ victories 
  • Brigadier General RUSSELL A. BERG - 10th Photo Recon Group 
  • Captain JAMES L. BROOKS - 31st FG / 13 victories (pictured)
  • Major JAMES A. GOODSON - 4th & 31st FG / 15 victories
  • Major RICHARD A. ‘BUD’ PETERSON - 357th FG / 15 ½ victories  
  • Major General DONALD J. STRAIT - 356th FG / 13 ½ victories  

The Matted Remarques

With all components of the Veterans Edition, Richard will hand-craft an original drawing in the lower margin of each print to create a unique collectors piece. If you have any particular requests, please ask when placing your order and we will do our best to accommodate.

Richard is regarded as one of the most gifted pencil artists in the industry and his original works are hugely sought after. It’s therefore no surprise that his Remarque editions are in such high demand.

Richard has completed a number of Remarques prior to release, meaning they are IN STOCK and ready to ship.

Alternatively, why not commission your own personal Remarque drawing? If you have a special request, such as a particular scene or specific aircraft markings, please just ask and we’ll do our best to accommodate.