“Outrun the Eagles” Signed Print (unframed)

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A low level Escape, “Outrun the Eagles” is a fascinating story brought to life by artisit Garaeth Hector, signed by a former ME-262 Pilot Jorg Czpionka, and former P-51 pilot Joe Peterburs along with the artist.



On April 1945, minutes before, Franz Stigler and his comrades of JV 44 were high over Bavaria, ready to attack a formation of B17s—until the P-51s arrived. Outnumbered and outgunned by the escort fighters, Franz fled, but the P-51s gave chase. Diving like a bullet...

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A low level Escape, “Outrun the Eagles” is a fascinating story brought to life by artisit Garaeth Hector, signed by a former ME-262 Pilot Jorg Czpionka, and former P-51 pilot Joe Peterburs along with the artist.

On April 1945, minutes before, Franz Stigler and his comrades of JV 44 were high over Bavaria, ready to attack a formation of B17s—until the P-51s arrived. Outnumbered and outgunned by the escort fighters, Franz fled, but the P-51s gave chase. Diving like a bullet, Franz pushed his jet to 625 mph, past its red line. As the earth neared, he tried to pull up, but the stick was locked in an “evil spell.” Pinned by Gs, Franz realized: I just killed myself. Then, he thought he heard a voice: Kick the rudder! Franz obeyed, kicking the rudder pedals until the jet’s tail wagged and the control stick freed. Now, having regained control at “0” altitude, Franz finally outruns the P-51s. As he blasts over a field, farmers watch as the jet’s exhaust burns the hay that they’ve laid out for their animals. With the Danube slipping past, Franz curses himself for flying so recklessly while thanking God for flying with him.

Print includes a Certificate of Authenticity accompied by “History Behind the Art”, detailing the full story behind “Outrun the Eagles” as told in the bestselling book “A Higher Call.” Print measures about 32”w x 20”h unframed.

Signed by:
COLONEL JOSEPH PETERBURS

At the age of 19, Joe was flying combat as a P-5 pilot in the 20th FG. It was on an April 10, 1945 escort mission that Joe pursued an Me 262 and shot at it before the plane vanished into clouds. Soon after, on the same mission, Joe was shot down while strafing an airfield. Protected from a mob by Luftwaffe personnel, Joe survived the war and years later learned that the Me 262 he hit had crashed and its pilot, Walter Schuck (206 victories), survived. Joe and Walter would eventually reunite and become good friends with Walter crediting Joe with saving his life by giving him an injury that kept him out of the war.

LIEUTENANT JORG CZYPIONKA
Jorg joined the Luftwaffe in 1939 to pursue his dream of flying. He became an instructor and later a fighter pilot, first flying the Bf 109, and then the Me 262, as a night fighter against British bombers. As the war neared its end, Jorg flew off the autobahns near the Danish border until his squadron turned their aircraft over to the British instead of destroying them.

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