Low-Level Swallow

STORY BEHIND THE SCENE

Gareth Hector reveals how he researched and completed his dynamic painting of a Messerschmitt Me 262

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Gareth Hector’s painting ‘Outrun the Eagles’ is a truly dynamic study of the Me 262.
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Twenty-eight kill Luftwaffe ace Franz Stigler in an official publicity photo.
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This image shows Franz Stigler (fourth from right) with fellow airmen while serving with 12./ JG 27 at Graz, Austria, in the winter of 1944.

‘Outrun the Eagles’ was my first release for Valor Studios. It features the Luftwaffe’s Oblt Franz Stigler during an April 1945 mission to attack US bomber formations, in which he made a speedy escape at extremely low level over farmland near the river Danube, with P-51 Mustangs in hot pursuit.

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