Flying Tigers P-40 Warhawk "TIGER WITH A TALE"
To have a piece of artwork by Mike Machat and signed by a legendary pilot such as Bob Scott is about as good as it gets.
Bob Scott was born in Waynesboro, Georgia in 1908. He played football at West Point and graduated in 1932 as an infantry lieutenant. Soon afterwards he was able to get into flying school and graduated just in time to fly as an airmail pilot during the disastrous year the Army had to fly the mail. After this stern beginning Scott went to fly P-12 pursuit ships (one of his favorite planes) in Panama and later P-26 "Peashooter" (a not so favorite).
World War II found Scott supervising cadet training at Cal-Aero in Ontario, California. At 33 he was considered too old for combat flying but talked his way into delivering a B-17 to China under the pretext that he was an experienced multiengine pilot. Brigadier General Claire Chennault recognized Scott's motivation to fly combat and made him leader of the 23rd Fighter Group, where he scored 13 air-to-air kills, 1 ground kill, and 9 probables before returning to the States in January, 1943. Shortly after his return he wrote God is My Co-Pilot in a New York hotel room over a weekend. This best selling account of his combat exploits was later made into a successful screenplay. Since then he has authored over 14 other books.
General Scott, an outspoken and forthright man, ran afoul of the Defense Department politics and retired in 1957. General Chennault said of him "The only criticism of his activities as Group Commander was that he consistently scheduled himself as a pilot on all possible missions. He did all types of combat missions but specialized in the most dangerous, such as long-range flight to strafe from minimum altitudes, Jap airdomes, motor vehicles, and shipping deep in enemy territory."