Yellow Jackets

by Russell Smith

Artist Fellow, American Society of Aviation Artist

League of World War One Aviation Historians

Yellow Jackets features the yellow-clad Fokker triplanes of Jasta 27. The unit's markings included yellow cowlings, wheel covers, struts and rear fuselages. The lead bird belongs to Ltn Rudolf Klimke, whose personal marking was a large anchor.

The pilot and serial of the second bird are unknown, but the markings are unique - a large "V" with three small yellow stars. The triplane with the white markings in the bottom left corner is Oblt Hermann Göring, the Staffel commander at the time.

The airfield is based on Halluin-Ost, J27's home in the spring of 1918. The layout of the airfield was modified slightly for the painting to make the composition stronger.

My name is Russell Smith and I am the artist who created this image. I am a full time aviation artist, as well as a member of The League of WW1 Aviation Historians and the American Society of Aviation Artists. Printed on acid free rag paper, the prints measure 21.5" x 20" (image area 17.5" x 15.5"). The edition consists of 250 prints, each of which I have personally signed and numbered. I have also remarqued this print with a small drawing of a Jasta 27 triplane (shown).

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