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Printed on heavyweight archival quality acid-free paper or canvas. Each is numbered and signed by the artist and limited to 100 worldwide. The image you choose (paper or canvas) is individually sized and priced.  Please contact Bruce for a quote for either the original canvas or print (paper or canvas) to any size within the restrictions of the various Giclée printers involved.
 

Night Owl.  Tornado GR4 from disbanded 43 Squadron. An aviation painting by Bruce MacKay

  Night Owl
   Tornado GR4

                                                             Oil on canvas 20"" x 48   RAF Museum Prize 2013


                                                   Tornado GR4 of the disbanded 43 Squadron RAF

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  Hard Day's night. Boeing Sentry and below Dawn. Boeing C-17Hard Day's Night.  Boeing Sentry

  Dawn. 
Boeing C-17 Globemaster

   Both Oil on canvas  20" x 48"  
 


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    RAF Tornado GR4
 
    Oil on canvas. 30 x 24 inches.
    Original oil painting  available.


   



RAF Tornado GR4 flew from the  Gioia Del Colle  Air Base 
in Italy during Operation Ellamy protecting the population from  excesses by  the forces of the Gadaffi regime.

 A Tornado GR4 aircraft is pictured destroying hardware of  Gadaffi Forces who were threatening civilian lives during a sortie during UN sanctioned no fly zone over Libya. Royal Air Force aircraft were based at Gioia Del Coll as part of Operation Ellamy, the UK contribution to NATO helping to enforce the no fly zone over Libya in support of UN SCR 1973.
 
 


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    RAF Eurofighter Typhoon

     Oil on canvas. 30 x 28 inches
    Original oil painting  available.


The Royal Air Force's debut combat use of the Eurofighter Typhoon over Libya proved the multi-role type's strike performance and operating reliability and also validated the UK's plans to introduce new capabilities.
 


RAF de Haviland Vampire overflying a RAF HSL Rescue Launch. A painting by Bruce MacKay.  Helping hand

    de Haviland Vampire T.11
    and a HSL 68ft British Power Boat Company High Speed Launch

    Acrylic on board  510 x 410 mm.
     Original oil painting  available.

   


The de Havilland Vampire was the first single engine jet fighter to enter  service in the RAF. The prototype made its maiden flight on 20th
   
September 1943; over the next few  years the Vampire claimed the following 'firsts'

 * The first jet aircraft to land and take-off from an aircraft carrier
 * The first crossing of the Atlantic by a jet
 * The first jet trainer on which student pilots could gain their 'wings'
 
Air Sea Rescue. The 68ft HSL was very successful, with many serving into the 1950's, the only one type of 10 wartime HSLs to be retained by the RAF in the big sell-off after VJ day. With the war over, the role of the craft was changed to that of Rescue and Target Towing and several craft were given limited or full conversions to Rescue & Target Towing Launches.
 


 

RAF C17 over Portland harbour. A painting and print by Bruce MacKay.    Starlight Express

    RAF C-17 Globemaster over Portland
    Oil on canvas board. 24 x18 inches

    RAF Museum Prize 2012


The C-17 gives the RAF a long-range strategic heavy-lift transport aircraft that offers the ability to project and sustain an effective force close to a potential area of operations for combat, peacekeeping or humanitarian missions worldwide.

In the distance is the Isle of Purbeck in the county of Dorset and its harbour where in 2012 Olympic Sailing were held.

 

 
RAF Supermarine Spifire guarding the White Cliffs of Dover in a painting by Bruce MacKay   White cliffs of Dover

   Supermarine Spitfire

   Oil on canvas board 20 x 16 inches (508 x 406mm)
  
Original oil painting  available.
 

  



The 100-metre high White Cliffs of Dover require little introduction.These icons of England have been the sign of home for travellers over the  centuries, immortalised during the Second World War in Dame Vera Lynn’s  song ‘There’ll be Blue Birds over the White Cliffs of Dover’.
 

 
There'll be blue birds over
The white cliffs of Dover,
Tomorrow, just you wait and see.

There'll be love and laughter
And peace ever after
Tomorrow, when the world is free.

The shepherd will tend his sheep,
The valley will bloom again

And Jimmy will go to sleep,
In his own little room again.

There'll be blue birds over
The white cliffs of Dover,
Tomorrow, just you wait and see.


Words - Nat Burton
Melody - Walter Kent
Published - 1941
 

 
RAF Short Sunderland coming into land at Poole Harbour in a painting by Bruce MacKay RAF Hamworthy (Poole)

Short Sunderlands returning to Poole after a patrol

 Oil on canvas board. 18 x 14 inches (457 x 356 mm)
 Original oil painting  available.

The Short S.25 Sunderland flying boat was developed for the   
Royal  Air Force (RAF) by Short Brothers. It took its service name from 
the town (latterly, city) and port of Sunderland in northeast England.
Based in part upon the S.23 Empire flying boat, the flagship  of  Imperial
Airways, the S.25 was re-engineered  for military service.

 

U-boats sunk by Sunderlands

1941  U-55 +, U-26 +.     1942  U-559 +.      1943   U-465, U-663, U-753 +, U-440, U-563 +, U-607, U-461,
U-383, U-454, U-106 +, U-489, U-610.        1944   U-426, U-571, U-625, U-675, U-955, U-970, U-243,
U-1222, U-385 +, U-270, U-107, U-297.
(+ kill shared with another Sunderland)
 


RAF Lightning intercepting and overhauling British Airways Concorde in a painting by Bruce Mackay  Zapping Concorde

   English Electric Lightning vs Concorde.
   Oil on canvasboard. 14 x 18 inches. (350 x 450 mm)
   Original oil painting  available.
 
                                                October 2004, an Archive Story


It was also in 1984, during a major NATO exercise that it intercepted an American U-2 at 66,000 ft, a height which they had previously considered safe from interception. Shortly before this intercept, he flew a zoom climb to 88,000 ft and, later that year, he was able to sustain FL550 while flying subsonic.

In April 1985, British Airways were trialling a Concorde up and down the North Sea. When they offered it as a target to NATO fighters, Mike and his team spent the night before in the hangar polishing XR749 which he borrowed from the LTF for the occasion, and the next day overhauled Concorde at 57,000 ft and travelling at Mach 2.2 by flying a stern conversion intercept. "Everyone had a bash - F-15s, F-16s, F-14s, Mirages, F-104s - but only the Lightning managed to overhaul Concorde from behind".

 

 
Avro Shackleton and a Russian Tupolev TU-20 (Bear) in a painting by Bruce Mackay  Wave hopper

   Tupolev TU-20 and Avro Shackleton MkIII over the North Sea.

   Oil on canvas 20 x 24 inches.


 
 
''On the morning of 16th June 1967, Crew 2 of 120 Squadron, equipped with Shackleton MkIII phase 3 aircraft (the airframe number of the particular aircraft was not recorded, but the aircraft letter was B - Bravo), based at RAF Kinloss in Morayshire, Scotland, were briefed to fly a surveillance exercise of the Russian Fleet, which had sailed around the North Cape of Norway and was heading for the Iceland/Faeroes Gap in the North Sea, to commence their "Summer War" Exercise in the Atlantic. They had specific instructions, not only to shadow the fleet, but also to get up to date photographs of a new model of Russian Cruiser believed to be (NATO) codenamed "Kresta". The fleet was found without difficulty (it's a  big object on the radar screen) and the surveillance commenced. The weather was atrocious, low cloud, rain, high wind - so lots of spray, the visibility was very poor. Eventually the Kresta Cruiser was identified, in amongst the myriad of ships, and a decision was made to get as good a photograph as possible under the circumstances. Normally a photographic run was made along the port side of the target, giving the photographer in the beam plenty of time to focus and arrange the image with bow on the left of the picture and the stern on the right. The first run was from about half a mile away from the target at a height of about 500 feet above see level. The beam photographer called over the "intercom" that the visibility was so bad that he could not get a decent image. So the run was abandoned and commenced again. This takes a Shackleton Mk III quite a long time as the airspeed was kept to 167 -170 knots, the wind was howling and gusting in various directions and the fleet were changing course every few minutes (anti-submarine tactics). The next run was commenced so as fly by the cruiser about 600-700 yards away. This run was again aborted mainly due to visibility, so a third run was commenced. By this time the Russian Navy was getting quite agitated, the radio and E.C.M. traffic had increased violently, and the aircraft was constantly being followed about the sky by the fleet's armourment. It is not recorded how close to the cruiser the third run was or how high above sea level the aircraft was flying, but it was considerably nearer and lower than previous runs. On this occasion the photographer called on the intercom from the beam that he thought he had satisfactory images and was immediately followed by a cry of "What the ......that !" from the same area. On being asked to explain he stated that he had seen something move below the aircraft travelling on the same course as the Shackleton but slightly faster. Eventually the moving object was seen to appear in front of the Shackleton's nose and was identified as a Russian aircraft (NATO) codenamed "Bear". The Russian pilot was either an ace flyer or an idiot, as to get below the Shackleton he must have been about "wavetop" height. He obviously had orders to deter the Shackleton from getting too close to the cruiser - it worked - the Shackleton crew gave the cruiser a very wide berth for the rest of the sortie and landed safe and sound back at Kinloss (Scotland) some ten hours later, with some super photographs"
 



  Fokker Triplane attacking a Bristol F2 over the river Somme in France in a painting by Bruce MackayLucky Break
 
    Deutsche Luftstr eitkräfte Fokker Triplane attacking a Bristol F.2b over
    the battlefields of the Somme
    Oil on canvas 24 x 20 inches   
 

 
The Fokker Dr.I Dreidecker (triplane) was a World War I fighter aircraft designed by Reinhold Platz and built by Fokker-Flugzeugwerke attempting to bounce a Bristol F.2 Fighter over the battle churned mud around the River Somme in France.

The Bristol F.2 Fighter was a British two-seat biplane fighter and reconnaissance aircraft of the First World War flown by the Royal Flying Corps. It is often simply called the Bristol Fighter or popularly the "Brisfit" or "Biff". Despite being a two-seater, the F.2B proved to be an agile aircraft that was able to hold its own against opposing single-seat fighters. Having overcome a disastrous start to its career, the F.2B's solid design ensured that it remained in military service into the 1930s, and surplus aircraft were popular in civil aviation.


 


 
F-18 Super Hornet a painting by aviation artist Bruce MacKay    Hornet Frenzy
     
       The Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet is a supersonic carrier-capable
       fighter/attack aircraft.
     
       Oil on canvas 24 x 20 inches  
                                                          

                                                
The versatility of the F-18 Super Hornet has led the aircraft to be used in such missions including; day/night strikes with precision-guided weapons, anti-air warfare, fighter escort, close air support, suppression of enemy air defense, maritime strikes, reconnaissance, forward air control (Airborne) (FAC(A)), air-to-air refueling as well as leaflet drops with payload delivery unit 5 (PDU-5) containers

 



 
Winston Churchill greets Alex Henshaw in Spitfire. A painting by Bruce Mackay
   My sort of fellow.
   
  
Winston Churchill greets Alex Henshaw colorful Chief Test Pilot at Castle
    Bromwich where Spitfires and Lancasters were  manufactured.
 
Oil on canvas. 31.5 x 15.75 inches.  
 
 
Alex Henshaw, who died aged 94 in 2007, was an outstanding test pilot whose name will forever be associated with the Second World War's most famous aircraft , the Spitfire; between 1940 and 1945 he test flew some 2,360 individual Spitfires and Seafires (the naval version of the aircraft), amounting to more than 10 per cent of the total built.
It could be dangerous work. Henshaw suffered a number of engine failures, and on one occasion, while flying over a built-up area, he crash-landed between two rows of houses.


 
RAF Museum. "Digital Mayhem" -Eurofighter Typhoon oil painting by aviation artist Bruce MacKayDigital Mayhe

Eurofighter Typhoon
Oil on canvas. 24 x 20 inches.  
 

The Eurofighter is a highly maneuverable multirole fighter developed by a four nation consortium consisting of Great Britain, Germany, Italy, and Spain.
 

Winston Churchill on the White Cliffs of Dover with a Hawker Hurrican flying pastConquer or Perish
 
15.75'' x 31.5'' Oil on canvas. Giclée prints are available.

'All the world thought our end had come. Accordingly we prepared ourselves to conquer or perish'
                                                                                  Winston Churchill


 

"We shall defend our our island, whatever
the cost may be, we shall fight on
the beaches, we shall fight on the landing
grounds, we shall fight in the hills;
we shall never surrender"

                                                               
                                                                                                

June 18, 1940, Winston Churchill, barely six weeks in office as Britain's prime minister and confronted with the threat of invasion from German occupied France, rose in the House of Commons and, in 36 minutes of soaring oratory, sought to rally his countrymen with what has gone down in history as his ''finest hour'' speech.

The speech* — ending with the words ''Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that if the British empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, ''This was their finest hour'', — has resonated ever since. On both sides of the Atlantic and beyond, it has been hailed as the moment when Britain found the resolve to fight on after the fall of France, and ultimately, in alliance with American and Russian military might, to vanquish the German armies that had overrun most of Europe.
 

Battle of Britain

At the end of June 1940, following the fall of France, the majority of the RAF's 36 fighter squadrons were equipped with Hurricanes. The Battle of Britain officially lasted from 10 July until 31 October 1940, but the heaviest fighting took place between 8 August and 21 September. Both the Supermarine Spitfire and the Hawker Hurricane are renowned for their part in defending Britain against the Luftwaffe — generally the Spitfire would intercept the German fighters, leaving Hurricanes to concentrate on the bombers, but despite the undoubted abilities of the "thoroughbred" Spitfire, it was the "workhorse" Hurricane that scored the highest number of RAF victories during this period, accounting for 1,593 of the 2,739 claimed
 

 
Avro York "Ascalon" the personal transport of wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill
  'Ascalon'

    The Avro York  and personal transport to
  Winston Churchill
   Oil on canvas. 15.75 x 31.5 inches (400mm x 800mm)
   Original oil painting available.
 
Prime Minister Winston Churchill arriving at Castell Benito near Tripoli, Libya having left Gibalter on May 28th June 1943 in his tranport the Avro York 'Ascalon'  with an escort of Spitfires. For security Churchill travelled under the pseudonym of Mr. Bullfinch.
 

Later he inspected the Officers and men of  38 Squadron at RAF Castel Benito, Libya where it's Vickers Wellingtons  were based. On board with Prime Minister Winston Churchill were Anthony Eden, Generals Alexander, Ismay and Allenbrooke, plus Air Marshal Tedder and General Marshall (USAAF) all heading out on a tour of North Africa

'Ascalon' was the Lance (some say his sword) of Saint George, the patron Saint of England who slayed the dragon.


Castell Benito, Libya

Originally an Italian airfield where later the first units of Italian parachutists were trained and formed shortly before the Second World War.

After it was captured by the British the airfield was renamed RAF Station Castel Benito and was used by a number of operational squadrons involved in the desert war, sometimes for only a few days or weeks at a time.

 

Sopwith Camels supporting US Army 27th & 30th Divisions and the 301st Heavy Tank Battalion.Dawn. The Final Push.
 
Sopwith Camel
Oil on canvas. 40 x 16 inches.
 
 
By mid-1918 the Camel was becoming obsolescent as a fighter, limited by its slow speed and comparatively poor performance at altitudes over 12,000. It found a new lease of life as a ground-attack and infantry support aircraft. On 29th Sept 1918 Australian Corps attacked towards the Hindenburg Line, along with two American Divisions from the American II Corp (the US 27th and 30th Divisions), supported by approximately 150 tanks of the 4th and 5th tank brigades (including the newly trained American 301st Heavy Tank Battalion).

During the German offensive of March 1918, flights of Camels harassed the advancing German Army, inflicting high losses (and suffering high losses in turn) through the dropping of 25lb (11 kg) Cooper bombs and ultra-low-level strafing. The protracted development of the Camel's replacement, the Sopwith Snipe, meant that the Camel remained in service until the Armistice.

 


 

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Blue Stocking Loner

 
F.8.DH (de Haviland Mosquito Mk XVI)
653rd Squadron, 25th Bomb Groupe, 8th Air Force. USAAF.
Oil on canvas 40 x 16 inches. Original oil painting available.
 

Completely unarmed they relied on their speed and altitude to keep out of trouble. Their missions were not flown in groups but as lone aircraft with a pilot, and a navigator trained in meteorology for weather reconnaissance. The 653rd flew 1,131 'Blue Stocking' meteorological flights. They would penetrate the far reaches of East Germany, Austria and points south. Later they undertook weather scouting missions in advance of the bomber formations, visual coverage of target strikes and photo reconnaissance sorties by day and night. Later duties included 'chaff' screening flights for heavy bomber missions.

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Eagles Swap Kites

 
No. 66 Squadron RAF. No. 133 Eagle Squadron RAF.  Supermarine Spitfire Vb
Oil on canvas. 16 x 40 inches. 

Leroy Gover* over-flies in his Spitfire Vb as a newly arrived P-47 C is 'fed and watered' at dispersal.   
In August 1942, Gover received orders to (Eagle) No 133 Squadron at Martlesham Heath. The RAF had established three fighter squadrons as mainly American units, and most of the Americans flying for the RAF hoped they would eventually transfer to these. Life as an American Eagle had its advantages, such as higher pay, $10,000 in free life insurance, and the privilege of being some of the first Americans to fly World War II combat. However, life in other ways did not change much. Gover flew out of an RAF base in his Spitfire, normally served under an RAF officer, and often remained under RAF radar control. Americanization of these three squadrons progressed slowly. He flew his first operational mission as an Eagle on 9 October 1942 during a mission involving five hundred fighters escorting 118 B-17s over Lille, France.  

 


 
The delta winged Avro Vulcan B2 during "Black Buck" operations by aviation artist Bruce MackayRainbow Warrior
 
Avro Vulcan B2
Oil on canvas. 40 x 16 inches.
 
Combat missions involving the RAF Vulcan took place in the 1982 Falklands War with Argentina, when Vulcans, in the Black Buck operations flew the 3,889 mi (6,259 km) from Ascension Island to Stanley in the Falkland Isles. There were three missions to bomb the airfield at Stanley, two to attack Argentine radar installations with missiles, and two missions were cancelled.
 

 


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          Avro Lancaster 617 Squadron RAF.
          Oil on canvas. 24 x 20 inches.

        

 
Operation Chastise- the Dambusters Raid, as it became Known- undertaken by 19 Avro Lancaster's of 617 Squadron on the night of May 16 1943, was the most audacious bombing raid of the Second World War. For the loss of 11 aircraft the Mohne and Eder dams in Germany's industrial heartland were breached by Barnes Wallis' 'bouncing bomb', and a famous if controversial victory won.

Five minutes after the first attack by Wing Commander Gibson on the Mohne Dam the Lancaster of Hopgood (A-JM) was hit by flak during the second attack and in the confusion released their 'spinning' Upkeep mine early which bounced over the dam and exploded in the vicinity of the power station beyond.   


At 0038 Martins Lancaster A-JP carried out the third attack on the Mohne Dam, precisely ten minutes after Gibson (A-JG).

At this point, with evidence of Hopgood's ( A-JM ) failure burning fiercely, Gibson's charismatic leadership and Martin's courage ensured that the operation would not disintegrate. As Martin attacked, Gibson flew slightly ahead of him to starboard to distract the German gunners and perhaps silence some of the guns on the dam and beyond before Martin came into range. Gibson received the Victoria Cross for his bravery and leadership. Threatened by angry flak, Gibson felt his aircraft 'very small' and vulnerable. He experienced spasms of extreme fear, but resolutely flew on.  

As Martin was attacking the right hand sluice tower was clearly visible but smoke from Hopgood's mine partly obscured the left hand one as A-JP approached at a ground speed of 217 mph. The aircraft was hit by flak though Whittaker, the flight engineer, knew that none of the full tanks had been holed; the extent of the damage remained obscure until the aircraft landed back in England at Scampton. Although this 3rd wave did not breach the dam more attacks followed by 617 Squadron. By the fifth attack the dam walls had been breached in the centre. Flying closer, Gibson noticed water pouring though the shattered dam: even as he looked it surged down the valley. Gibson later wrote: 'This was a tremendous sight, a sight which probably no man will ever see again'.
 


 
"North Sea Patrol" a painting by Bruce MacKay. RAF Tornado ADV. North Sea Patrol
 
  Panavia Tornado ADV Interceptor.
  Armed with 4 Skyflash and 2 Sidewinder
                                                missiles and long range fuel tanks.
                                                          Oil on canvas. 36 x 24 inches  Original oil painting available. 
 
The Panavia Tornado ADV is the air interceptor variant of the successful Tornado series. The Tornado was one of the few " Swing Wing " designs developed during the Cold War-era. The system was able to field a variable swing-wing assembly that would allow for increased drag and lift on landings and take off but become more streamlined in straight out flights where speeds up to 1,480 miles per hour could be reached.
 

 
"Dawn Patrol" Nieuport ll Bebe. An oil painting by artist Bruce MacKay.Dawn Patrol
 
Nieuport 11 Bébé. Morning patrol at first light somewhere over the trenches, Northern France.
Acrylic on canvas board. 18 x 22 inches.
 
The single-seated fighter Nieuport 11 was one of the well-known French planes of WWI. The Nieuport was probably one of the more successful fighters of the war and had a longer career than most others.

The plane first entered service on Western front in August 1915. In spite of it's small dimensions the fighter had good technical characteristics: a high speed, excellent maneuverability and high climbing speed. Just for its mobility it was named Bébé (baby) at the same time it confirmed its popularity among the WW1 Ace aviators.

 


 
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Ace over Rabaul

Lockheed P-38 Lightening USAAF.

Major Richard (Dick) Ira Bong. 9th Fighter Squadron, ("Flying Knights"), 49th Fighter Group.
 Oil on canvas. 24 x 20 inches.

November 5th 1943. Lt. Bong shoots down two Zeros over the enemy airfield at Rabaul, British New Guinea bringing his score to 21 kills. Bong broke Eddie Rickenbacker's record of 26 kills to become America's greatest ace!

Rabaul became famous during World War II because it was the main Japanese forward operating base for the south-eastern Pacific. The Japanese dug 300 kilometers of tunnels into the volcanic soil around Rabaul and put barracks, clinics, maintenance facilities, and ammunition dumps underground. 

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The Duck
  
P-51 Mustang VF-B. Capt. Donald R. Emerson. 7 e/a  destroyed. 336 Squadron 4th FG.

Oil on canvas. 30 x 28 inches. Original oil painting at the Royal Air Force Museum, Hendon.
 
Pilots combat report - I told the squadron that the aerodrome (Stendal) was at ten o'clock and we went in for the attack from north-east to south-west. On the first pass I covered a Ju 52 with strikes and then moved my sights on to an Fw 190. I would not have claimed the "190, but Lt Carlson - my No 3 - says that I set it on fire. I pulled up and watched the others sweep across. I saw that about ten enemy aircraft were burning, and that there was no flak, so I ordered another pass and lined up on three Ju 88s parked wing tip to wing tip on the south-west corner. As I passed over, two were blazing but at least one was shared with Lt Emerson.    

Under the skilled leadership of 26-year-old Col. Donald J.M. Blakeslee 336 squadron under the commanding officer Jim Goodson was dubbed "King of the Strafers" by the press. Depicted here is 'The Duck' piloted by Lt. Donald R. Emerson strafing Stendal aerodrome and claiming a share in a Ju88.
 
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Detroit Miss
 
Lt. Urban "Ben" Drew (6 e/a destroyed), P-51 Mustang E2-D. 8th AF 361st FG.
Oil on canvas. 30 x 24 inches.
 
The sole completed BV 238 was strafed and sunk while docked on Schaal Lake, Germany in September 1944 by three P-51 Mustangs of the 361st Fighter Group. The lead Mustang "Detroit Miss" was piloted by WWII ace Lt. Urban "Ben" Drew while another was piloted by William D. Rogers.

The prototype Blohm & Voss BV 238 flying boat was physically the largest and heaviest aircraft produced in WWII, even bigger than the B29 Superfortress. This painting represents the largest single aircraft to be destroyed during the war.


 
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'Balls Out' from RAF Christchurch
Republic P-47 Thunderbolt
Oil on canvas. 30 x 28 inches.

'Balls Out' D30-RA of  Captain Milton W. Thompson of the 509th Squadron, 405 th Fighter Group USAAF were initially based at RAF Christchurch, now in in the County of Dorset during their support of the Normandy landings.

24th September 1944. The 'routine' is broken. XIX TAC (Commanded by Major General Otto P Weyland) called for volunteers to bring relief to 5 tanks of the 4th Armored Division under attack by a mixed bag of some fifty German tanks. Despite a hard days combat, the 509th and 510th Fighter Squadrons once again took to the air and stop only after an intensive aerial bombardment that halts the enemy attack. For this heroic action the 405th Fighter Group received the Distinguished Unit Citation (DUC)

 


 
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Spitfire Mk 9b of No 71 Eagle Squadron
Oil on canvas. 30 x 24 inches.

Spitfire Mk 9b of No 71 Eagle Squadron. One of the fighter squadrons formed in September 1940. The squadron included many American volunteers already serving with the RAF.   

The Eagle Squadrons were a Royal Air Force unit composed mostly of foreign volunteers. They had 240 pilots who were American, and other personnel of various nationalities, who defended Britain against Nazi Germany from 1940-1942. Their fame and heroic actions during battle has been overlooked by many, yet none are forgotten by the British.  The Eagle Squadrons were composed of three Squadrons, 71, 121, and 133. The ''Eagles'' deactivated as a fighting unit, on September 29th 1942. Many of its members were commissioned as Army Air Force Officers and served in the newly formed U.S. Army Air Force Fourth Fighter Group.
 
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Spitfire Mk 9. No. 64 Squadron RAF
Oil and acrylic on canvas. 36 x 24 inches.
 
The battle for Britain 's skies. A brace of triumphant Royal Air Force No. 64 Squadron Spitfire Mk9's and a Luftwaffe Messersmitte 109G in it's last throes!    

One of the most famous military aircraft of all time and one of the most beautiful ever built, the Spitfire is perhaps chiefly remembered as the symbol of the Battle of Britain. The Spitfire was developed by Supermarine's brilliant chief designer, R.J. Mitchell, and was the only British type in continuous construction throughout World War II.

 

 
First Me262 Downed
 
Republic 47"First ME262 Downed" a painting by aviation artist Bruce Mackay Depicts Major Myers' P47 of the 82nd FS, 78thFG USAAFD. Major Joseph Myers and Lt. Croy. 82nd Fighter Squadron. 78th Fighter Group. 8th Air Force.

 Oil on canvas 39'' x 24''.

 

28th August 1944. ME262 Claimed by Major Joseph Myers P47D coded MX-S s/n 42-27339 and Lt. Croy's P-47D coded MX-M, s/n 42-75551 of the 82nd Fighter Squadron. 78th Fighter Group. 8th Air Force. Haaltert, about 10 miles northwest of Brussels, the capital of Belgium.    
 
 
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Screamin Demon

 
 P-51 Mustang. Major Ray Wetmore. 359th Fighter Group.    Eighth  Air Force.
 Oil on canvas. 30 x 24 inches.
 
15 th March 1945 was an memorable day for the 359th Fighter Group, and for Ace Ray Wetmore (Screamin Demon was not his regular mount) scored the only kill made by the entire VIII Fighter Command that day - a Luftwaffe Messerschmitt Me163 near Wittenberg, South West of Berlin, Germany - which also happens to be the third Me163 destroyed by the 359th FG, on mission No 318.   

top right
Vesuvius Rendezvous

 
North Americvan B25 Mitchell. 447th BS, 321st BG.
Oil on canvas. 24 x 20 inches.
B-25s from the 447th bombardment squadron, 321st bombardment group on their way to bomb Monte Cassino used the volcano as an assembly point and passed the erupting Vesuvius, with it's snow and dust covered lower slopes. The eruption on March 22nd 1944 caused more physical damage to the 340th bombardment group than the Germans ever did. 88 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers were covered in hot ash which burned off the fabric control surfaces and grazed the Plexiglas. Planes were tipped onto their tails from the weight of the ash. All 88 B-25s from all four squadrons were complete write-offs.

bottom left
D-Day. RAF Christchurch.


Captain Curran piloting 'Kansas Tornado' a Republic P-47 returning to base after their first sortie of the day over Normandy, France. June 1944.
Oil on canvas board. 16 x 12 inches (406 x 305 mm)
Original oil painting and Giclée prints available.
 
 
Christchurch Airfield was located southeast of the A337/B3059 intersection in Somerford, Christchurch, Dorset, England.

Christchurch civil airfield started around the year 1926. It was then used during World War II by both the Royal Air Force and the United States Army Air Force Ninth Air Force. After 1945 the airfield returned to civilian use and the airfield complex was demolished in 1966.

In 1940 the Airspeed factory was built on part of the original airfield and began production of Horsa Mk I gliders, AS.10 Oxfords, and de Haviland Mosquitos for the RAF. (Top left of painting) USAAF Ninth AF were based in and around the woods at Bure Homage and used the more diagonal smaller landing strip.

 
bottom right
Feeding Time for Miss Lace
and Friends

 
Republic P47 D Thunderbolts. 48th Fighter Group 492nd Fighter Squadron. D-Day+. France. 1944.
Acrylic on canvas. 30 x 24 inches.
 
P-47's were among the most numerous Allied aircraft in the Normandy area after D-Day. One of the first groups to fly into France was the 48th FG (from Ibsley, England), which occupied Deaux Jumeaux (A4), inland from Omaha Beach, on 28th June 1944. They bombed bridges and gun positions on D-Day, 6 Jun 1944, and attacked rail lines and trains, motor transports, bridges, fuel dumps and gun positions for the rest of the Normandy campaign.    
 


 
"Safe Return" Harrier GR!. A Superb painting by International aviation artist Bruce MacKay
Safe Return
 
Royal Air Force Harrier GR3.
Oil on canvas 30'' x 24''


The Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR.1 was the first production model derived from the Kestrel, it first flew on 28 December 1967 , and entered service with the RAF on 1 April 1969 . Construction took place at factories in Kingston upon Thames in southwest London and at Dunsfold, Surrey. The latter adjoined an airfield used for flight testing; both factories have since closed.   

The AV-8As of the United States Marine Corps were very similar to the early GR.1 version, but with the more-powerful engine of the GR.3.

 

"Merlins Web" a painting by Bruce Mackay of an Agusta Westland W101 Merlin helicopter in a painting by Bruce Mackay  Merlin's Web
 
Agusta Westland merlin (AW101)

    31.5'' x 15.7'' Oil on canvas.



The Agusta Westland AW101 is a medium-lift helicopter for military applications but also marketed for civil use. The helicopter was developed as a joint venture between Westland Helicopters in the UK and Agusta in Italy (now merged as AgustaWestland). The name Merlin is used for AW101s in the British, Danish and Portuguese militaries.
 



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The Hogswarts Express

raversing the Glenfinnian Viaduct. The Wizard Express.
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If you thought the biggest star of the Harry Potter films was actor Daniel   Radcliffe then think again.
The real heavyweight in the  blockbuster movies based on J K Rowling’s record-selling books is actually engine no.5972, the maroon and gold steam locomotive - known on screen as Hogwarts Castle - that hauls the Hogwarts Express, and Harry and his young wizard friends, from platform 9 ¾ at London’s Kings Cross station.

 




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   LNER Class A4
   British Railways Green livery
 
 
Mallard

  Oringinal painting available 12" x 32" oil on canvas.


Number 4468 Mallard is a London and North Eastern Railway Class A4 4-6-2 Pacific steam locomotive built at Doncaster, England in 1938. It is historically significant because it is the holder of the world speed record for steam locomotives at 125.88 mph (202.58 km/h). The record was achieved on 3 July 1938,

The A4 class was designed by Sir Nigel Gresley to power high-speed streamlined trains. The wind-tunnel-tested, aerodynamic body and high power allowed the class to reach speeds of over 100 miles per hour (160 km/h), although in everyday service it was relatively uncommon for any steam hauled service in the UK to reach even 90 mph, much less 100. Mallard covered almost one and a half million miles (2.4 million km) before it was retired in 1963.

 




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  Great Western Railway

 
1939:  GWR  2885 Class  2-8-0  No. 3802

   16" x 20" oil on canvas

   Original oil painting available


                                                                                                           
The 
Great Western Railway (GWR) is a class of 2-8-0 steam locomotive designed for heavy freight work. They were a development of the earlier 2800 Class. The 2884s differed from the original engines in a number of respects, the most obvious being that a more modern Collett side window cab was provided. 167 locomotives were built in total. They were so popular with the ex-Great Western crews that the British Railways Western Region operating authorities wanted more of the class built after nationalisation in 1948; however, this request was turned down in favour of BR Standard Class 9Fs.


LLANGOLLEN RAILWAY is primarily a steam hauled Heritage Railway Line starting at Llangollen Station, located beside the Dee River Bridge, in Llangollen Town, Wales the journey continues for 7 ½ miles upstream, following the River Dee to the village of Carrog. The Dee is classed as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for its entire length.

 

 
 
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Ferrari. Drop dead gorgeous.



Ferrari 365 GB4 Spyder top left

Acrylic on canvas. 22 x15 inches (560 x 380 mm)
 
The Spider was no doubt a continuation of the iconic 250 GT California Spyder and 275 GTB/4 Spyder which were made at the request of Luigi Chinetti. Unfortunately, The 365 would end this trend as the next round of Ferraris were mid-engined, leaving little room for a soft top and a V12 in the same space. Not until the nineties was the idea revived with the 348.
 
Ferrari 750 Monza  top right

Acrylic on canvas 19.75'' x 15.75''. (500 mm x 400mm)   
Giclée prints are available.

The 750 Monza was powered by a 3 litre 4 cylinder engine. It gave plenty of torque which was a major departure in engine design for Enzio Ferrari whose preference was for V12's. The 2999 cc engine gave 260 horsepower but reliability was not its strongpoint. Three were built by Sergio Pinin Farina and a further twenty seven by Scaglietti from a sketch by Enzio's son Dino.

 
Ferrari 275  GTB bottom left
 
Acrylic on canvas  22'' x 15''. (560mm x 380mm)
Styled by Sergio Pininfarina and introduced at the 1965 Paris Salon, it featured a longer nose to counteract front-end lift at high speeds which had been experienced with the shorter nosed version. Powered by a derivative of the Colombo designed 60-degree V12, and with all-independent suspension, it gave stunning performance. An all-time classic.

 
Ferrari 750 Monza & Alfa Romeo 8C 2.6   bottom right

Acrylic on canvas board 22'' x 15'' ( 500mm x 480mm).
Top left of image
Styled by Pininfarina in the 1950's the Ferrari 750 Monza was the last of the line of open two seaters sports racing Ferraris.Tuscany, Italy.

Bottom right of image
In the 1930's Scuderia Ferrari managed the racing activities of Alfa Romeo. The Alfa was powered by a glorious 2.6 litre straight eight with twin choke Ferrari carburettors and had a top speed of around 130 mph.

 

 
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Ferrari. Very sexy.



Ferrari 250 GTO   top right
Acrylic and oil on artboard 22'' x 15 '' (560mm x 380mm).
 
Introduced in 1962 the Ferrari 250 GTO became the quintessential road car. A rare beast with a beautifully proportioned body that was built by Scaglietti based on a concept by Ing. Giotto Bizzarrini. Only thirty six 3-litre and three 4-litre examples were built.

 
Ferrari 275 GTB Twin Cam   top left
 
Acrylic on artboard 22'' x 15''. (560mm x 380mm)

Styled by Sergio Pininfarina and introduced at the 1965 Paris Salon, it featured a longer nose to counteract front-end lift at high speeds which had been experienced with the shorter nosed version. Powered by a derivative of the Colombo designed 60-degree V12, and with all-independent suspension, it gave stunning performance.

 
Ferrari 308 GTS QV   bottom
 
Acrylic on canvas 19.75'' x 15.75''. (500 mm x 400mm)
The Pininfarina designed 308 QV (QuattroVavole translates as four valves) was announced by Ferrari in 1982. Four-valves per cylinder coupled to the Bosch K Jetronic fuel-injection system and Marelli Ddigiplex injection system gavea healthy 240bhp on European market cars.
 



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IRL Indy Racing League 
 
 The original paintings and Giclée prints are available.
    
A.J Foyt Celebration
Top Left
Acrylic on canvas. 36'' x 28''
Commissioned to celebrate A.J.'s 50th Anniversary of involvment with American automobile racing.

 
Celebration 2
 
Top Right
Acrylic on canvas. 36'' x 28''


A. J. Foyt (born January 16, 1935, in Houston, Texas), is a retired American automobile racing driver. He raced in numerous genres of motorsports. His open wheel racing includes USAC Champ cars and midget cars. He raced stock cars in NASCAR and USAC. He won several major sports car racing events. He holds the all-time USAC career wins record with 159 victories, and the all-time American championship racing career wins record with 67.

 
He is the only driver to win the Indianapolis 500 (which he won four times), the Daytona 500, the 24 Hours of Daytona, and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Foyt won the International Race of Champions all-star racing series in 1976 and 1977. Foyt's success has led to induction in numerous motorsports halls of fame.
 
Since his retirement from active racing, he has owned A. J. Foyt Enterprises, which has fielded teams in the CART, IRL, and NASCAR.

 
Tony Kanaan
 The original painting available
Bottom Left
Indy Racing League (IRL) Champion 2004 
Acrylic paint on canvasboard. 28'' x 20'
   
In 2004 Tony Kanaan IndyCar Series Champion earned 15 consecutive top five finishes including 3 victories. 2 pole positions and six seconds. Tony Kanaan was the first driver to complete every possible lap in a season. 3,305 laps of which he led 889.

 
Days of Thunder
 The original painting available.
Bottom Right
Dan Wheldon. 1978-2011
Painted in acrylic on canvas. 36'' x 28''

 
27 years old Dan Wheldon raced into the history books on Saturday the 25th Sept 2005 at Watkins Glen by becoming the first Brit to win both the Indy 500 and the Indy Car Championship in the same season.
Winning the Indy 500 made him only the fourth Brit and the first since Graham Hill in 1966.Indy Racing League  (IRL)

Las Vegas Motor Speedway on 16 October 2011, Wheldon was involved in a 15-car accident during lap 11 of the race, in which Wheldon's car flew approximately 325 feet (99 m) into the catch fence with the cockpit area first into a pole lining the track before landing back on the ground
 

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  Nascar. Racing for real men.



History in the making. top left

Daytona 500®
Acrylic on canvas. 36'' x 28''
 
Feel the heat! Jimmy Johnson No.48 on pole as he heads for the green flag. 2004 Daytona 500

No 43. Richard Petty 'The King ' driving a Plymouth with Pearson alongside in this historical rendition of a NASCAR ® Grand National event in 1968.


 
Smoke top right

#20 Tony Stewart, Home Depot, Joe Gibbs Racing.
Acrylic on canvas. 36'' x 28''
He is the first and only driver to have won championships in stock cars, Indy cars and open-wheel Midget, Sprint and Silver Crown cars. And his two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships made him one of just 15 drivers who have scored multiple Sprint Cup titles.

Along the way, Stewart has won some of the biggest races in motorsports. He is a two-time winner of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard (2005 and 2007), a three-time winner of the season-opening NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway (2005, 2006 and 2008) and a two-time winner of the famed Chili Bowl, an all-star Midget race at the Tulsa (Okla.) Expo Raceway (2002 and 2007). He's also notched wins in such famed USAC races as the Copper World Classic at Phoenix International Raceway (2000), the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway (2000) and the 4-Crown Nationals at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio (1995).

Eyebrows were raised on July 10, 2008 when Stewart announced that after spending his entire NASCAR career with Joe Gibbs Racing, he was leaving to become a driver/owner in the Sprint Cup Series with Stewart-Haas Racing. The last driver/owner to win a Sprint Cup race was Ricky Rudd at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway on Sept. 27, 1998,

NASCAR® Motorsport Images and Archives. NASCAR is a registered trademark of the National Association of Stock
Car Auto Racing Inc.


 
Daytona Days bottom left
 
The glory of Nascar® and the Daytona 500®. The famous race tracks history in the making captured on canvas.
Acrylic on canvas. 36" x 28"
 
At the top of the painting Jimmy Johnson's no.48 on pole as he takes the green flag for the 2004 Daytona 500®.

And at the bottom of the painting 1950's racing at The Beach from the North Turn grandstands, we look south as the racers hurtle over the sand with the sea beyond, then turning towards the road section during a NASCAR® Grand National Series Daytona Beach and Road Course race.

In the inaugural 1959 Daytona 500 Lee Petty in his Oldsmobile shaded Johnny Beauchamp's T-Bird for victory, thus establishing the great competitive tradition at the 2.5 mile Daytona International Speedway.

NASCAR® Motorsport Images and Archives.
NASCAR is a registered trademark of the National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing Inc.
 


 
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Classic CART & F1


Lancia P50 c1953

Lancia P50 c1953
Top Left
Acrylic on 300 gsm acid & chlorine free cotton Grana Fina paper.   
 
When Lancia withdrew from Formula One the cars were given to Ferrari for the 1956 season. Its V8 engine was perhaps the first to be a stressed member of the chassis. Ferrari fared-in the side pannier tanks and it became known as Lancia-Ferrari D50V8.

 
Mario Andretti

Mario Andretti
Top Right
Acrylic on 300 gsm acid & chlorine free cotton Grana Fina paper.   
 
In the 1952 Italian Grand Prix, while the excited Monza crowd cheered on the Ferraris, a slight, shabby 12-year old boy pressed up against the fence and marvelled at what he saw. From humble immigrant beginnings he later lived and drove the American dream. He returned to Europe for 4 years joining Colin Chapman and Lotus and in 1978 became Formula One World Champion.
 
 
Sir Stirling Moss. '61 German Grand Prix
 
Rob Walker private entry Lotus 18
Bottom Left
Acrylic on 300 gsm acid & chlorine free cotton Grana Fina paper.    
At the 1961 German Grand Prix, Stirling ran his Lotus 18/21 on grippy wet weather tyres; the risk paid off and the race delivered his 16th and last Grand Epreuve win.

 
Sir Stirling Moss. '61 Monaco Grand Prix
 
Wins '61 Monoco GP in Rob Walker's private entry Lotus 18
Bottom Right

The Monoco Grand Prix of 1961. Stirling Moss and his famous victory in Rob Walkers private entry Lotus 18.
Acrylic on 300 gsm acid & chlorine free cotton Grana Fina paper.
 


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Famous Drivers


 

Juan Manuel Fangio 

1911-1995. - Left
Watercolour on 300 gsm acid & chlorine free cotton Grana Fina paper. 12'' x 16 '' approx.
 
 
Tazio Nuvolari
 
1892-1953 - Second from Left
Watercolour and Acrylic on 300 gsm acid & chlorine free cotton Grana Fina paper. 12'' x 16'' approx

 
 
Ayrton Senna
 
1960-1994 - Second from Right
Acrylic 300 gsm acid & chlorine free cotton Grana Fina paper. 12'' x 16 '' approx

 
 
Richard Lee Petty
 
Born July 2, 1937 - Right
Bockingford Watercolour Paper. 140 lb (300g/m2) 20 x 16 inches max.
 

 
British Classics

Jaguar XK120,  Jaguar E Type, Mini, Aston Martin DB4     Giclée prints are available.
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Harley-Davidson

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Posters

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