Very few examples of aviation artwork are able to shake viewers to the core quite like Sam Lyons' incredibly moving Tuskegee Ace. Just what is it about this 15" x 30" illustration that's so emotionally touching? For starters, the stunning image honors one of the most revered members of one of the most admired groups in US military aviation history: Lt. Col. Lee Archer of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen. In addition to surmounting numerous racial obstacles and valiantly serving his nation during WWII, Archer has the honor of being considered the only African American US military pilot to have become an "ace," meaning he shot down at least five enemy aircraft. Lyons' drawing portrays Archer's P-51C Mustang, "Ina-Macon Belle," in profile view as it lifts off from a grass runway. The artist has taken great pains to precisely replicate the famed "Red Tail" fighter, and the sheen of its lustrous fuselage is just something one must see in order to fully appreciate. Likewise, Lyons' expert rendering of the background imagery makes it appear as if the aircraft is actually moving. This masterful tribute to the iconic plane and its heroic pilot is sure to resonate with even the most stoic of observers. This item is available as both an Artist Proof (limited to 35) and a signed & numbered Limited Edition print (limited to 350). Both versions are printed on acid-free paper, utilize first-rate permanent inks, and include a Certificate of Authenticity. Also offered as a Gallery Edition Canvas Giclee with frame (limited to 25). An extraordinary homage to one of history's shining stars that's sure to inspire generations to come.