A.m. Sortie By Craig Kodera
A.M. Sortie is an important work of countersigned art that honors one of the most distinctive-looking U.S. Army Air Corps planes and one of the world’s greatest pilots. “I’m excited and pleased to present this image of Tony LeVier flying a P-38,” says Kodera, who is also a first officer with American Airlines. “I pictured these three aircraft—the last of the ‘J’ models—near the Lockheed factory in Burbank, California, in the autumn of 1944.” The P-38 Lightning originated as the winner of an Army Air Corps design competition for a high-performance, high altitude pursuit plane. Subsequently, the P-38 operated in all theatres throughout World War II, being particularly effective as an escort fighter. LeVier was responsible not only for flying production tests on the P-38 but for touring fighter bases to conduct demonstrations on the P-38 for both the 8th and 9th Fighter Commands. Now LeVier is reunited with the P-38 after a long and illustrious life of test-flying Lockheed aircraft, including the forerunners of the F-80 Shooting Star, the F-104 Starfighter, and the U-2. He is also the recipient of numerous awards and honors—in particular, the International Flight Research Corporation’s Revoredo Trophy, the J.H. Doolittle Award, and membership in the International Aerospace Hall of Fame.
Limited Edition printed on Archival Material for preservation.
Signed and Numbered by the artist.