"Leading Edge" art by Andy Wenner

About the artist...

Established airbrush artist Andy Wenner has been illustrating for clients such as NFL, NHL, MLB, MLB Players Assoc., NBA, NCAA, NASCAR, NHRA, Harley-Davidson, Sony Signatures, Walt Disney World, Kennedy Space Center and more. Now Andy has brought his unique style to his love of aviation. This highly detailed artwork brings out the personality and excitement of the aircraft with a fresh look to aviation art that has not been seen before. Andy not only captures the look of the magnificent aircraft but more importantly, the very spirit of this legendary warbird.

About the print...

This high quality art reproduction is printed on heavy, 80lb-cover stock and is varnish coated for years of brilliant color. Overall print size is 16" by 20" and the image size 14" by 18".


Old Crow" was flown by Triple Ace, Captain C.E. "Bud" Anderson, of the 357th Fighter Group, "Yoxford Boys," 8th Air Force during WWII. In only 15 months the 357th produced 42 Aces and was credited with shooting down 609 1/2 enemy aircraft, a pace no other fighter group has equaled. Bud was the leading Ace of the 363rd Fighter Squadron with 16 1/4 victories, having accomplished this feat in an amazing 116 combat missions.

                           "ON THE PROWL"
Few aircraft have captured the imagination of the American people more during WWII than those of the AVG, P-40 Tomahawk "Flying Tigers!" The American Volunteer Group (AVG) was created to stem the tide of the advancing Japanese forces in China and it consisted of just 100 pilots and 200 ground crew. They began their training in Rangoon, China in September of 1941 and served until they were replaced by the 23rd Fighter Group in July of 1942.

In that short period of time the famed shark toothed P-40s were a constant terror to the Japanese, amassing an incredible record of 286 Japanese planes shot down with a loss of just 12 AVG pilots. The Prowl, depicts Flight leader Robert T. Smith of the 3rd Pursuit squadron (The Hells Angles) who scored 8.9 victories ranking him sixth among these legendary aviators.


Navy Corsair pilot and double ace, Lt. Cdr. John T. "Tommy" Blackburn C.O. of the Jolly Rogers, Fighting Squadron 17 (VF-17) of the USS Bunker Hill were the first Navy squadron to go into combat action with the new Chance Vought Corsair. The VF-17 were known as the Skull and Crossbones squadron and "Blackburn's Irregulars" - having adopted the old pirates ensign of the Jolly Roger as their squadron insignia. They were instrumental in proving to the Navy that this powerful new fighter, nicknamed the "Ensign killer" could be more deadly to the enemy than to its young pilots. By the end of the conflict, this mighty warbird had more than proved itself, claiming over 2000 aerial victories over Japanese opponents and achieving an impressive 12:1 kill ratio, with Blackburn himself having 11 confirmed kills.

                                            "CAT FROM HELL"
The F6F Hellcat was the most successful fighter in naval aviation history destroying 5171 aircraft with an impressive 19:1 kill ratio. It was faster, more maneuverable and able to take more punishment than her renowned rival, the A6M Zero. But it was more than just an aircraft, it was the pilots who flew this legendary warbird. "Cat from Hell," depicts "Minsi III" flown by Capt. David McCampbell, the Navy's "Ace of Aces" amassing an incredible 34 aerial victories. On June 19, 1944 he became an "Ace in a day" downing 7 Japanese aircraft. But more amazing was the fact that he did it again four months later by shooting down an a record setting 9 aircraft in a single mission, becoming the only American airman to become and "Ace in a day" twice.

                   "MEMPHIS BELLE"
The Boeing B-17 "MEMPHIS BELLE" earned her notch in history by being the first Flying Fortress in WW II to complete 25 Combat Missions and return home safe to the United States (the average life expectancy of a B-17 crew was just 14 missions.) She flew over Hitler’s Fortress Europe for 10 months from November 1942 to May of 1943.

During her 25 missions with the 91st Bomb Group, she flew 148 hours, 50 minutes, and covered more than 20,000 combat miles. Her crew shot down eight enemy fighters, probably destroyed five others, and damaged at least a dozen more. She dropped more than 60 tons of bombs over Germany, France and Belgium.

On April 24th, 1946, the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, ordered the establishment of the Navy Flight Demonstration team. Taking their name in 1946 from New York’s Famous Blue Angel Nightclub, the aerobatics flight team has amazed more than 393 million fans in over 8 countries, including more than 17 million spectators during the 2004-show season.

The first Blue Angel to fly was a F6F Hellcat WWII fighter and since then the Blue Angels have flown 8 different aircraft sporting the Navy blue and gold, including today’s F/A18 Hornet. The Hornet can reach speeds just under Mach 2, almost twice the speed of sound or about 1,400 mph. and it has a maximum rate of climb of 30,000 feet per minute. The Navy’s F/A18 Hornets cost around $21 million dollars a piece, weighs 24,500 pounds empty and use about 8,000 pounds or 1,300 gallons of jet fuel per show. And if the need arises, the F/A18 Hornet can transform from her show colors to full combat readiness in less than 72 hours, transforming her into FREEDOM’S GUARDIAN ANGEL.

                      "HIGH BOMB BLAST"
On May 25, 1953, the Air Force’s official air demonstration team, designated the 3600th Air Demonstration Unit, came into existence at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona. The Air Force’s premier flight team took its name of "Thunderbirds" from the Indian folklore of the southwestern United States where Luke is located. Passed down from generation to generation, the legend tells of a great bird that when it took to the skies, the earth shook from the thunder of its might wings and lighting bolts shot out from its eyes.

Since 1953, seven different aircraft have worn the distinctive red white and blue of the Thunderbirds, starting with the F-84 Thunderjet at the dawn of the jet age to today multirole fighter, the F-16 Fighting Falcon.

The Lockheed Martin F-16 has a ceiling of greater than 50,000 feet and a range of more than 2,000 miles and can fly at twice the speed of sound. And like it’s brothers, the Blue Angles, it can change within 72 hours back to its role as a defender of freedom, going into combat with one M-61A1 20mm multibarrel cannon with 500 rounds; and can carry up to six air-to-air missiles, conventional air-to-air and air-to-surface munitions and electronic countermeasure pods.

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CATALYST is an exciting WWII thriller inspired by true events: the fact that Germany had a plot to bomb New York City. To go to Amazon.com and read more about the book and reviews, click on the picture, for more information about the author click on the website below.

In the waning months of World War II, the allied armies advance upon the crumbling German war machine like a juggernaut. In a final desperate bid to save the Fatherland, a plan is conceived that could turn the tide of the war-the completion of an advanced jet-propelled bomber capable of delivering a deadly payload to shores of America.

Captain Griff Avery of the OSS has just botched the defection of a prominent German physicist, a man crucial to the Nazi end game, letting him fall into the hands of the rogue SS General masterminding the plot. But Avery's troubles have only just begun: overwhelming evidence points to the woman he loves as the German spy who foiled the defection.

Now under suspicion himself, Avery sifts through the lies and deceit, uncovering the treacherous German operation. Against orders and on the run, Avery is forced to wage a secret war of his own, recruiting the crew of a B-17 Flying Fortress and a reckless group of flyboys and their P-51 Mustangs to help him hunt down the secret SS cell and prevent the slaughter-no matter what the cost.

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