"Mustangs Over Iceland" Painting
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Painting dimensions 24" x 32" acrylic on gessoboard
In 1952, Major Ervin C. Ethell led a group of 35 P-51D Mustangs to Keflavik International Airport to begin providing an air defense capability for the island. The aircraft were pulled from the California Air National Guard based at George AFB to form the 192nd Fighter Bomber Squadron.
The only major USAF command in the area was MATS (Military Air Transport Service). MATS and Fighters were an "Odd Couple" at best, and with a lack of effective air defense radar the Mustangs were considered a token force. The Mustangs would operate in Iceland from September 1, 1952 until they were replaced on March 27, 1953 by F-94Bs flown by the 82nd FIS (Fighter Intercept Squadron). In this scene, Major Ethell is shown leading an aerial gunnery training sortie, as one Mustang tries to get behind and above the towed target sleeve, and hopefully put some holes in it with his six fifty caliber machine guns. Major Ethell was the father of the late, great author, historian, and warbird pilot Jeff Ethell.
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