Ron Kaplan Art - Robert S Johnson



Original Art Work on Aircraft Panel Autographed by Famed Thunderbolt Ace Robert S. JohnsonRobert S. Johnson was the first American pilot of WWII to exceed Eddie Rickenbacker’s WWI total of 27 aircraft destroyed. Johnson’s exploits were well chronicled in his acclaimed post-war memoir, “Thunderbolt!,” co-authored by Martin Caidin.Assigned to the Eighth Air Force’s famed 56th Fighter Group, Johnson flew as wingman for Francis “Gabby” Gabreski and was voted “most likely to be shot down.” Instead he honed his gunnery skills and, when combined with his fearless determination, the Oklahoma native became a top Allied ace of the war with 28 aerial victories (24 of those over fighters).Robert S. Johnson has autographed this panel #6/6 which depicts the insignia of the 61st Fighter Squadron of the 56th Fighter Group.Artwork was researched and hand-painted by noted aviation artist, Ron Kaplan, on actual scrap aircraft aluminum. Mounted to black plexi in a ready-to-hang, black lacquer 15” by 16” shadow-box frame with an ID plaque centered beneath.This is from one of Kaplan’s early panel series – the last from a short edition and thus extremely rare. It comes authenticated with a color photograph taken of Johnson and the artist at the signing session - a great piece with which to start, or add to, your fighter aces signature collection.

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