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Strike of the Aztec Eagles!
by Jack Fellows
Available Exclusively From Air Art Northwest
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A unique limited-edition of fine aviation art prints honoring Mexico's World War II heroes

General's Collector Edition
Signed by all 11 surviving pilots, including three Generals: Angel Sanchez Rebollo, Julio Cal y Mayor and Graco Ramirez Garrido.

300 prints in English
201 prints in Spanish

$245.00 (English or Spanish)

Regular Edition
Signed by 9 living Squadron 201 pilots

350 prints in English
150 prints in Spanish

$175.00 (English or Spanish)

Artist's Reserve Edition
Signed only by the artist, Jack Fellows

65 prints in English
50 prints in Spanish

$95.00 (English or Spanish)

Artist's Proofs: $295.00
(English only)

Overall print size: 26 1/4 x 30 3/4 "
Printed on 120-pound acid-free paper

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Each print is personally signed by pilots of Fighter Squadron 201 of the Mexican Expeditionary Air Force who flew and fought in the Philippines in 1945, including: General Angel Sanchez Rebollo, Coronel Carlos Garduno Nunez and Captain Miguel Moreno Arreola. The result of five years of research, this is the only fine art edition depicting the Mexican Air Force in World War II and the only edition ever published in English and Spanish. Only 650 copies (English versions) and 350 copies (Spanish versions) have been signed - order yours today!

Squadron 201 - the "Aztec Eagles" - an elite unit of the best military pilots in Mexico, recruited by the President to fight with the Allies. Overcoming the obstacles of language, discrimination and differing procedures, they trained in the U.S. before going overseas. They flew close support missions, assisting American and Filipino troops in the liberation of Luzon. The unit was decorated by the U.S., Mexico and Philippines for valor. It was the only Mexican military force to serve outside of that country; its participation in the war led to better relations between Mexico and the U.S. To learn more, please read the story of Squadron 201 in World War II.




Eight of the eleven living combat pilots of the famous Fighter Squadron 201 of the Mexican Expeditionary Air Force sign the limited-edition of lithographs "Strike of the Aztec Eagles!" at a ceremony at Club France in Mexico City, Mexico.

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The Signatures: General's Collector Edition
(includes video - English or Spanish: $245.00)


General Julio Cal y Mayor
General Graco Ramirez Garrido
General Angel Sanchez Rebollo
Coronel Carlos Garduno Nunez
Coronel Joaquin Ramirez Vilchis
Coronel Justino Reyes Retana
Capitan Miguel Moreno Arreola
Capitan Reymundo Perez Gallardo
Capitan Jose Luis Pratt Ramos
Capitan Carlos Rodriguez Corona
Capitan Jaime Zenizo Rojas





The "Aztec Eagles" pose with a framed print after signing the limited edition "Strike of the Aztec Eagles!" at Club France, Mexico City. L-R: Mr. Sig Unander, Publisher, Col. Carlos Garduno, Capt. Jaime Zenizo Rojas, General Angel Sanchez Rebollo, Capt. Miguel Moreno Arreola, Capt. Raymundo Perez Gallardo, Col. Joaquin Ramirez Vilchis, General Julio Cal y Mayor.



The Signatures: Regular Edition ($175.00)

General Julio Cal y Mayor
General Angel Sanchez Rebollo
Coronel Carlos Garduno Nunez
Coronel Joaquin Ramirez Vilchis
Coronel Justino Reyes Retana
Capitan Miguel Moreno Arreola
Capitan Reynaldo Perez Gallardo
Capitan Carlos Rodriquez Corona
Capitan Jaime Zenizo Rojas




Coming soon: the definitive documentary on Mexico's participation in World War II. Filmed over three years in Mexico, the United States and the Philippines and paintakingly edited by independent Mexican-American filmmaker Victor Mancilla, this unique film utilizes rare color and black-and-white film shot in all three coutries during World War II blended with modern-day footage of the same places and individuals to vividly tell the story of the legendary "Aztec Eagle" Mexican fighter pilots who helped United States and Filipino forces to liberate the Philippines in 1945. For more information, please visit: www.201prod.com.
Strike of the Aztec Eagles!

¡Ataque de las Aguilas Aztecas!
- Press Release -
(En Español)

Air Art Northwest, a publisher of historical aviation art, announces the release of one of the most unique fine art limited print editions ever published - one that pays tribute to a valiant ally of the United States in World War II.

The print, titled "Strike of the Aztec Eagles!" (Ataque de las Aguilas Aztecas!), by noted historical painter Jack Fellows, is about an elite unit of young Mexican fighter pilots that flew in combat with the United States air force during the Second World War and whose participation led to improved relations between the United States and Mexico. It is the only edition of countersigned fine art lithographs ever released depicting Mexican or Latin-American aviation, the only one ever signed by the legendary "Aztec Eagles" of the Mexican Air Force and the only edition ever released in both English and Spanish versions.

The artwork depicts P-47 Thunderbolt fighter aircraft of the famous Fighter Squadron 201 (Escuadron Aereo de Pelea 201) of the Mexican Expeditionary Air Force in action in the liberation of the Philippines in World War II. Each print in the edition has been personally approved and autographed by the surviving pilots who flew combat missions with the unit in the far east and is signed and numbered by the artist.

The lithographs in the General's Collector Edition version of the edition were signed in Mexico City, Puebla and Campeche, Mexico, by all eleven living Squadron pilots, including three Air Force generals who flew in combat with the unit: General Angel Sanchez Rebollo, General Julio Cal y Mayor Sauz and General Graco Ramirez Garrido. Other distinguished 201st pilots who signed the edition include Coronel Carlos Garduno Nunez, Coronel Justino Reyes Retana and Capitan Miguel Moreno Arreola, the pilot who presented the Battle Flag of the unit to Presidente Manuel Avila Camacho in the National Square in Mexico City when the Squadron returned from the war in November, 1945.

"Strike of the Aztec Eagles!" was one of the most challenging fine art publication projects ever undertaken. Every effort was made to ensure historical accuracy and the very highest quality. It required five years to complete and demanded the best creative efforts of a world-class fine artist, hundreds of hours of travel, research and interviews with surviving pilots, a printing firm capable of meeting the most stringent requirements, excellent transportation and logistics and the efforts of many dedicated individuals in both countries. The Mexico team was headed by Lic. Norma Arellano Lopez, a Mexico City attorney, assisted by Ing. Benito Del Rio, a noted Mexican historian.

The project also required the active participation and input of all the surviving pilots, who provided rare documents and photographs and their insights and personal recollections of the groundbreaking project they participated in. These data became the basis for the artist's preliminary sketches and color studies that led to the final original painting that was reproduced in limited- edition form as "Strike of the Aztec Eagles!". The artist chosen for the project was Jack Fellows, a Seattle, Washington painter known for his historic artwork.

The image shows two Mexican P-47 Thunderbolt fighters making a tactical strike on a Japanese convoy in the Ifugao province in the highlands of central Luzon, north of Manila, in June, 1945. It typifies the nature of the hazardous and difficult close air support missions that the 201st flew to assist United States and Filipino ground forces in the Philippines.

The edition was printed in Portland, Oregon, at Graphic Arts Center, then transported to Mexico by Eagle Global Logistics for signing by the pilots at a special ceremony that was held at Club France in Mexico City. The lithographs were then transported to two other Mexican cities for the additional signatures before being returned to the United States for the artist's signing and numbering at a ceremony at Pearson Air Museum at Vancouver, Washington.

The pilots, all now in their 70's and 80's, made great efforts to sign the prints despite age, distance and, in some cases, fragile health. It was a matter of honor and a wish to leave a record for future generations. One pilot - Capitan Reynaldo Perez Gallardo - returned to Mexico for the first time in 25 years to sign the edition. Health problems prevented two others - General Graco Ramirez Garrido and Capitan Carlos Rodriguez Corona - from traveling to Mexico City for the group signing, so the prints were transported to Campeche (a port on the north coast of the Yucatan Peninsula) and to Puebla (a state capital about 100 km. southeast of Mexico City), and the pilots signed the prints in their homes in those cities.

There are just 300 signed and numbered prints with English captions and only 201 with Spanish captions in the General's Collector Edition which bear the signatures of all eleven living Squadron 201 pilots. In addition, there are 350 prints in English and 150 in Spanish in the Regular Edition, which have the signatures of nine pilots.

"Strike of the Aztec Eagles!" is the Squadron 201 pilots' testament to history. It is the only limited edition of lithographs ever hand-signed by these distinguished Mexican aviators, who overcame daunting obstacles, represented their country with honor and, through their efforts, helped bring together two great countries in the first successful modern intergovernmental project. As a result of the positive publicity and good will the unit's training and deployment generated, the United States and Mexico became closer than ever before.

Many of the "Aztec Eagles" contributed significantly to the development of aviation after World War II, helping found and develop airlines and other aviation businesses and organizations. Several became senior jet airliner captains and chief pilots. Those who chose a military career rose to the ranks of General and Coronel. Two of the officers who signed the edition had the honor of serving as personal pilot for the President of Mexico. Today, several pilots and some ground personnel who served in the Philippines are active in preserving the legacy of their famous unit by working on educational outreach programs for schools and museums on both sides of the border. They are particularily proud of the the Mexican Expeditionary Air Force's distinction of being the only Mexican military force ever to serve outside of Mexico.

"The peoples of both the United States and Mexico owe a debt of recognition to these Mexican heroes who helped usher in a new era of progress and cooperation between our countries and have contributed so much. They're excellent role models for today's youth", said Sig Unander, of Portland, Oregon, chief researcher and publisher of the edition.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the edition, and thirty lithographs are being donated by the publisher to the Mexican Association of World War II veterans (Asociacion Mexicana de Veteranos de la II Guerra Mundial) to support its educational activities. The organization recently presented one of the Spanish prints to President Vicente Fox in Mexico City. A book and film about the unit are currently in progress. Prints have been donated to a number of museums and schools and to the scholarship foundations of the American GI Forum (the largest organization of Latino veterans) and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

The edition is respectfully dedicated to the five Mexican pilots who died while serving with Squadron 201 in the Philippines.

Read the Story of Squadron 201 in World War II



The Forgotten Eagles

A new film documenting the story of the Aztec Eagles in the Philippines in World War II has been completed.

The Philippines was a sister colony of Mexico for over 350 years and the countries maintain close commercial and cultural ties. During the war, Mexican President Manual Avila Camacho sent an elite force of fighter pilots known as the "Aztec Eagles" to aid the Filipinos in their fight for freedom. The Mexican pilots are remembered as heroes in the Philippines.

Air Art Northwest's Sig Unander went to the Philippines with Victor Mancilla's Eravision Productions to complete the film; preceding segments had been shot in Mexico and the United States. Accompanying the film crew to Manila were two surviving veterans of the 201st Squadron, Captain Reynaldo Perez Gallardo, a fighter pilot, and Captain Manuel Cervantes Ramos, an administrative officer. Both men served in the Philippines during the war.

Unander worked with Philippine Consul General Maria Rowena Mendoza Sanchez in San Francisco and the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila to arrange filming permits, locations and interviews.

The DFA also arranged a special wreath-laying ceremony at a monument to the five Mexican pilots who died in the Philippines. The ceremony took place in Manila, at the old Spanish fortress of Intramuros. Guest of honor was Mexican Ambassador to the Philippines, Erendira Araceli Paz Campos. Representing the Philippine government were Executive Director of the Office of American Affairs, Ruth Morales Prado, and Presidential Assistant for Veterans Affairs, Jesus Terry F. Adevoso. Military Attache Major James J. Norcross represented the United States.

The ceremony was a meaningful occasion for Philippine-Mexican relations, gathering for probably the last time, Filipino and Mexican veterans of World War II. It also served as a reminder that Mexico joined the U.S. in helping Filipinos end the Japanese occupation of their islands. As Filipino combat veterans looked on, Captain Gallardo and Captain Cervantes delivered moving speeches about their experiences in the Philippines during the war and the importance of relations between the Philippines and Mexico.

The film crew and Mexican veterans also visited the town of Porac, site of the airbase from which the Aztec Eagles flew combat missions during the war to support American and Filipino ground forces. The film crew captured Captain Gallardo, who had not been to Porac in 60 years, reminiscing with older residents of the town who remembered the war inspecting part of the original runway and visiting a nearby crash site where one of his fellow pilots, Lt. Espinosa was killed.

Other filming locations included Balete Pass and other battle sites on the main island of Luzon, and the Philippine Senate, where the Mexican veterans met with Senator Dick Gurdon. A helicopter was used to film aerial shots of Manila and battle sites northeast of the capital. Mancilla and Unander also visited the United Stares Embassy, where they presented a framed copy of the lithograph Strike of the Aztec Eagles! signed by the Mexican pilots of the 201st Squadron. It will hang on permanent display in the Embassy.

The Forgotten Eagles will be released on DVD in the United States, Mexico and the Philippines. It will premiere in Los Angeles and Mexico City this year and is scheduled for showing at independent film festivals. For more information, visit www.201prod.com.



Victor Mancilla (black cap) directs the 201 Productions film crew as they shoot an interview in the Municipality of Porac, on the main island of Luzon, the Philippines, for The Forgotten Eagles. Mancilla interviews an older resident (left, baseball cap) about his memories of World War II; Vice-Mayor Reynaldo Cortez (center) translates Pampangan dialect to English.The Mexican Aztec Eagles flew from the airbase at Porac during the war; several residents remembered them and shared their reminiscences for the documentary film.



Filipino World War II veterans hear Capt. Reynaldo Perez Gallardo (center) of Squadron 201 give a speech at a monument near Intramuros in Manila, that commemorates the pilots of his unit who died while serving in the Philippines. The monument was dedicated at the end of the war by Filipino citizens and the men of the Mexican Expeditionary Air Force. To the left of the monument is the Mexican Ambassador to the Philippines, Erendira Araceli Paz Campos; at right, U.S. Embassy Military Attache Major James Norcross. The scene was filmed for The Forgotten Eagles.


Presentation of a framed copy of the limited-edition lithtograph Strike of the Aztec Eagles! to the United States Embassy in Manila. From left: Stacy Mactaggert, Assistant Information Officer; Matthew Lussenhop, First Secretary and Press Attache; Sig Unander, Technical Advisor, 201 Productions, Victor Mancilla, Producer/Director, 201 Productions. The print was signed by eleven Mexican "Aztec Eagle" fighter pilots who fought in the liberation of the Phiilippines in World War II. It will hang on permanent display in the Embassy.



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