"NO FLYING TODAY"

BY WILLIAM S. PHILLIPS

Autographed by Captain Eugene "Red" McDaniel.

L/E of 1500. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Size: 35" x 19 5/16"

Price: $185

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William S. Phillips, renowned aviation artist, captures a B-17G of the 390th Bomb Group 569th Bomb Squadron sitting peacefully under a blanket of snow at its home base in Framlingham, England.

As happened on many occasions during World War II, a cold moist air mass has moved south from the Arctic, covering both England and the Continent in heavy clouds and snow. On this day at least, there would be peace for the Bomber crews as well as for those against whom they flew.

Symbolic of this naturally induced lull in warfare are a goshawk, sitting rufffled against the chill wind, and its would-be prey, a small rabbit hidden among the rocks of the stone wall. On this day there is peace, but with dawn will come clearing skies and the resumption of flight operations.

The B-17G was the most widely produced of B-17 variants. Its first test flight was on May 21, 1943, and it was being delivered for action less than four months later. Powered by a Wright R-1820-97 cyclone engine, the B-17G had a top speed of 302 m.p.h. The Bomber was flown primarily by Americans and carried a crew of ten. There are still a few B-17G's flying today...in clear, snowless skies.