Lightning F. Mk 1As of 56 Squadron on a pilot training sortie during 1963. During the early 1960’s many Lightning squadrons gave their aircraft colourful paint schemes, none was more striking than 56 Squadron (The Firebirds), who in 1963 doubled as the official RAF display team.
Having spent quite some time away on display at various exhibitions this original painting is now back with us and for sale again.
The canvas is signed on the back in permanent marker by four veteran Lightning pilots:
Flight Lieutenant P V Boothroyd
Flight Lieutenant George Fenton
Squadron Leader Chris Taylor MBE
Squadron Leader Grant T Taylor
plus Chief Lightning Test Pilot
Wing Commander James Leonard Dell OBE