“Offense is the essence of air power.”
–General H. H. ‘Hap’ Arnold, USAAF
In the early years of World War II, American and British military leaders were sure that victory in Europe depended on control of the skies. It would take around-the-clock, high altitude, strategic bombing in order to break the back of the Nazi war machine. It would have to be nothing less than the largest aerial offensive ever launched in the history of battle.
Aircraft manufacturers and civilian workers in the United States answered the call of duty, producing planes in unprecedented numbers. And across the Atlantic, young American pilots prepared themselves for a new kind of war. Their mission was clear: strike fast, hit your target and come back in one piece. And even though it was a dangerous, hard-fought endeavor, one thing was certain from the very first strike…the Golden Age of the American Bomber had begun.
Now America Remembers is proud to honor these “battleships of the sky,” along with the brave crews of World War II and every air warrior who as continued the fight for freedom in Korea, Vietnam and the Gulf, with The Legendary American Bombers Tribute Pistol. This special Tribute, issued exclusively through America Remembers, is being offered on the classic Colt® .45 military pistol. Craftsmen commissioned specifically for this project by America Remembers bring the portraits of legendary American bombers to life, with all artwork being featured in stunning 24-karat gold and nickel with a blackened patinaed background to highlight the details of the artwork.
An Iconic American Sidearm
The Legendary American Bombers Tribute is a working Colt .45 pistol, like those issued to World War II pilots and crews. Because airmen faced the constant danger of being shot down over enemy lines, our bomber crews needed a rugged, reliable weapon that could fit into their flight gear. No sidearm was more dependable than the Colt® Government Model® .45 Pistol, the most powerful military pistol in service during the war. Durable, powerful and easy to maintain, the Colt .45 proved perfectly suited to battle conditions.
Only 300 Available
The Legendary American Bombers Tribute Pistol is issued in an exclusive limited edition of only 300 and is available exclusively from America Remembers. Order now to be assured that you will be one of the proud owners of this important, historic Tribute. We will arrange delivery of your working Tribute Pistol through a licensed firearms dealer of your choice. If you are not completely satisfied with your Tribute after your personal inspection, you may return it in original unfired condition for a complete and courteous refund.
The bomber crews of World War II helped pave the way to victory in both Europe and the Pacific and their sacrifices must not be forgotten. Now is your chance to honor the historic American aircrafts and the courageous men who flew them, fighting for our freedom then, along with those who continue to protect America today.
Left side prominently features the legendary B-17 “Flying Fortress,” flying proudly in front of Old Glory and surrounded by a handsome frame of decorative scrollwork and a banner reading, “Legendary American Bombers.” Arguably the most famous WWII bomber, the B-17 was also known as “Queen of the Bombers” because of her ability to take battle damage, still reach her target and bring her crew back home. Also featured is the massive Boeing B-29 Superfortress, which proved itself during the U.S. firebombing campaign against Japan in the final months of World War II and by playing a central role in the Allied victory when the Enola Gay dropped the atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima.
The top of the Tribute features the B-1 Lancer, the supersonic strategic bomber developed to replace the B-52. Today it remains one of the core aircraft in America’s long-range bomber force.
Right side features the Martin B-26 Marauder, a twin-engine medium bomber that flew missions over the Pacific, the Mediterranean and the European Theater. In the center is the massive Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, the longest operational bomber in the history of the U.S. military. The long range, high-altitude bomber has been in service for more than 50 years and shows no sign of retiring. Featured near the front, is the B-24 Liberator, a rugged workhorse of a bomber with a higher top speed and greater range than the B-17. With its extended range, the Liberator proved valuable for anti-sub work in the Atlantic and support in the Pacific. Also on the right is the North American B-25 Mitchell, the twin-engine, medium bomber that distinguished itself in the South Pacific. After later modifications enhanced its forward armament, the Mitchell was made immortal on April 18, 1942, when it became the first U.S. aircraft to bomb the Japanese mainland during the famous “Doolittle Raid.”
Optional Display Case
In order to display and protect your Legendary American Bombers Tribute Pistol, a handsome, luxuriously lined custom made display case including an engraved brass identification plaque is available for purchase.
Since the “Legendary American Bombers Tribute Pistol” is a working Colt pistol, it will be shipped to a licensed firearms dealer of your choice. (Not available in California, Maryland or Massachusetts)
I wish to reserve the “Legendary American Bombers Tribute Pistol,” a working Colt .45 ACP Pistol, at the current issue price of $2,195*. Each pistol is numbered and registered within the limited edition of 300, and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity. Thirty day return privilege.
Please charge my credit card a deposit of $195 per pistol. I will pay the balance at the rate of $100 per month, with no interest or carrying charge.
* All orders are subject to acceptance and credit verification prior to shipment. Sales tax is required in certain states and will be added. Shipping and handling will be added to each order. Virginia residents please add sales tax.