Gathering of Eagles lithographs available for presale

12/17/2010 - MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. -- The Gathering of Eagles Foundation is conducting presales of its 2011 lithograph until Jan. 3. This year celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Gathering of Eagles with the theme of "Honoring Freedom's Heroes."

Each lithograph includes a hand-drawn color portrait of the Eagles alongside their platform or organization affiliation. All lithographs contain an autograph by the Eagles and include a full-color biography book.

The limited-quantity lithographs come in an option of two sizes, 24 inches by 34 inches and 28 inches by 40 inches, and cost $125 for either size. After Jan. 3, the price increases to $150.

This year's invited Eagles include the following:

- Cesar "Rico" Rodriguez, an F-15 pilot with three air-to-air combat kills in the Gulf War and Yugoslavia, the highest number of kills by a U.S. pilot since Vietnam.

- Randy Jones, who earned a Silver Star in Somalia after flying 17 straight hours to support ground teams during the Battle of Mogadishu. He is a pioneer in night-vision goggle flying, flying the first single-pilot night-vision goggle mission and the first one over water during Prime Chance, and the first night combat mission to an urban area under night-vision goggles during Just Cause.

- Deanie Parrish, a World War II Women Airforce Service Pilot who accepted the Congressional Gold Medal awarded to the WASP in March. She is a B-26 pilot who conducted functional check flights for World War II planes and flew missions to help train gunners for combat.

- Charles Bolden, an A-6A intruder pilot in Vietnam with more than 100 missions. He is the NASA administrator. He also piloted the space shuttle Discovery, launched the Hubble telescope, commanded the first joint U.S.-Russian shuttle mission, and was the commanding general of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force in Kuwait.

- Jim Brooks, a World War II P-51 Mustang pilot with the 4th Fighter group, a WWII Double Ace, and a F-86 pilot during the Korean War. He participated in the first large, all-jet air battle at 42,000 feet over the Yalu River.

- Arieh Oz, an Israeli pilot who flew a C-130 to the Entebbe Raid in Uganda, rescuing 105 Israeli and aircrew hostages.

- Harry T. Stewart Jr., a Tuskegee Airman who piloted 43 bomber escort missions in a P-51 Mustang and was credited with three ME-109 kills.

- Israel Del Toro, an Air Force Tactical Air Control Party controller. An improvised explosive device detonation in Afghanistan burned more than 80 percent of his body, yet he turned down a 100-percent medical retirement to continue to serve.

- Mark Tillman, an Air Force One pilot from 2001 to 2009, logging 1,675 flights. He was also involved in 9/11 and Katrina missions, and earned a Distinguished Flying Cross in 2004.

- Phil Handley, a Vietnam veteran with the highest speed air-to-air gun kill in the history of aerial combat. He served 275 missions in southeast Asia, piloting a F-4E Phantom, and downed a MiG with internal cannon after his craft's missiles failed.

- William Driscoll, one of five Vietnam Aces. He served 170 missions and racked up five MiG kills. On May 10, 1972, he downed three MiGs on egress before bailing out of his aircraft.

- Michael Hayden, a former director of the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency, as well as a former commander of the Air Intelligence Agency. He brought cyber missions to the forefront for the Air Force.

- Brian Shul, a Vietnam veteran shot down over Cambodia and severely burned. Fifteen surgeries later, he was told he'd never fly again. Yet he went on to fly the A-10 and the SR-71.

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Article courtesy of Air Command and Staff College