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Craig Kodera - LAST TO FIGHT -  LIMITED EDITION PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop


          LAST TO FIGHT
by Craig Kodera

$225.00

LIMITED EDITION PRINT
Limited Edition of: 1000
Image Size: 24"w x 11 7/8"h.
Published: December 1994


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The Northrop P-61 Black Widow was the first U.S. aircraft designed specifically as a night fighter and this P-61B was credited with the last two aerial kills of World War II. "Lady in the Dark" was the most famous Black Widow of the 548th Night Fighter Squadron. Her nose art included a cat with a flashlight in one hand and a gun in the other, which was the emblem of the 548th and the lady herself - who made quite a striking contrast against the fighter's black paint.

The P-61B flew its missions after dark but it was often launched at sunset. The colors on the horizon, on the plane and in the moon make the image majestic and mysterious.

Countersigned by Lee Kendall


Craig Kodera
Aviation is this artistís living. Painting is a joy and a choice; not his career. Craig Kodera career is as an airline pilot, so each of his paintings reflect an intimate knowledge of how it feels to fly and what it looks like out the cockpit. "I paint what I see," he says,"and my office window is at 35,000 feet." An appreciation of aviation came easy, since Kodera was raised in what he terms an "aviation family," which included an uncle who flew with the famous Doolittle Raiders during World War II. At an age when most teens were trying to ace the driverís test, Kodera had earned his private pilotís license. A love of painting also came early. Kodera started seriously studying it at fourteen. He graduated from UCLA with a degree in mass communications and spent a year as a commercial artist before joining the Air Force Reserve, where he was assigned to the Air Rescue Service and then the Strategic Air Command. There his knowledge of air war history grew while he logged literally thousands of hours flying. Eventually Kodera left the service and joined American Airlines. When he isnít flying, heís usually painting. His artwork is part of the Smithsonian Institutionís National Air and Space Museum permanent collection and hangs in many museums. He is also the charter vice president of the American Society of Aviation Artists, a member of the Air Force Art Program and serves with the Los Angeles Society of Illustrators.

 

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