Dragon and His Tail
The Consolidated B-24J "Liberator" was a perfect match for the Pacific War, with its long range and massive payload. And, The Dragon and His Tail had the most incredible nose art on the entire planet.
The primary pilot was named Joseph Pagoni, and the nose art was done by S/Sgt Sarkis E Bartigan. The Dragon flew many missions against Japanese shipping in the Southwest Pacific. The Joseph Pagoni crew and others flew the original Dragon in the 43rd Bomb Group, 64th Bomb Squadron on 85 missions. Pagoni reported that the Dragon was always the center of attention from the Japanese fighter pilots. The original Dragon survived the war, flew home, and was stored at Kingman, AZ. Eventually, despite the efforts to save her, the Dragon was the last B-24 to be scrapped. In 1946, you probably could have bought her for $2,000.
This is a depiction of the restored B-17 owned by the Collins Foundation. Along with the B-17: "Nine-O-Nine", these planes make annual tours of the country.
Look for details at http://www.collingsfoundation.org for their "Wings of Freedom" Tour.
paper size 16 x 11-1/2
$445 on canvas size 18 x 27
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