FLYING HIGH PAINTING TO AID CHARITIES
A painting, entitled “Battle of Britain Tribute”, depicting a Royal Air Force Typhoon and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) Spitfire is set to be auctioned, after being signed by the pilots of the two aircraft depicted.
In 2010, Squadron Leader ‘Dunc’ Mason from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight joined his colleague, Flight Lieutenant ‘Rich’ Walton of 29(R) Squadron to display the “synchro-pair” as a tribute to the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
The painting of the combination was completed by Neil Higgs, a freelance artist from Harlow, Essex. Neil based his 27 by 27 inch oil on canvas work on a photograph he took at Waddington Air Show in 2010.
Neil, accompanied by parents Barbara and Ken visited RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire, on Thursday 9th June, where both the pilots and aircraft are based, to meet them and have the artwork signed.
Sqn Ldr Mason said, “It was a privilege to fly the Spitfire element of the pair. Neil’s artwork has captured the experience magnificently; I’m delighted to add my signature.”
Mr Higgs said, “I first came up with the idea for this painting last year at the Bournemouth Air Festival whilst speaking with the members of the Typhoon Display Team on their stand and decided the synchro pair combination would be the way forward. I have the utmost respect for the pilots that fly these aircraft and feel honoured that both display pilots have agreed to add their signatures to the painting. I hope it raises a good sum of money for the charities”.
The painting will be displayed at air shows throughout this summer, where visitors will be able to make bids for it. The item will be auctioned and the proceeds raised will be shared between the charities supported by the BBMF and the Typhoon Display Team.