Jimmy Dell - RAF Test Pilot Original Signature - Lightning Drawing

An original Cameo pencil drawing by Stephen Brown of an RAF Lightning F.3, mounted with the authentic autographs of two RAF Lightning veterans:

Joined the RAF in 1942 and by 1944 he had already become a Flying Instructor for advanced trainers. After the war he performed various training and test flying roles on aircraft such as Spitfires, Meteors, Venoms and Hunters. He also led test flight teams to the USA and France to work on aircraft such as the F-100, F-104, F-105, F-106, Mystere 4 and Mirage 3. 

In 1960 he joined English Electric on the Lightning development programme, becoming Chief Test Pilot from 1961 to 1970. Jimmy also worked during that time on the TSR.2 programme, flying 12 of the aircraft’s 24 test flights, he was one of only three pilots ever to fly this innovative aircraft. He later worked on the Anglo-French Jaguar programme and finally became Director, Flight Operations with responsibility for all Tornado test flight activities across the three participating countries. 

Squadron Leader CHRIS TAYLOR MBE
A distinguished 27 year RAF career included completing the lightning OCU at RAF Coltishall before joining 56(F) Sqn at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus. A natural ability to train others led to him being selected for a number of important instructor roles, primarily on the Folland Gnat in the early days then subsequently the BAE Hawk.

The original drawing, on archival quality toned paper with colour highlights, features an English Electric Lightning F.3 of 56 Squadron.

During the early 1960s 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. Capable of Mach 2 in level flight, the Lightning provided the backbone of Britain's front-line Cold War defence until well into the 1970s.

The professionally cut double mount includes RAF wings on an engraved metal plate specially commissioned by ourselves.

This mounted ensemble will fit into a generally available, standard size 12 x 10 inch ready made frame. Or alternatively you can order it already fitted into a frame. More info on framing options.

This signature ensemble comes with its own unique illustrated Certificate of Authenticity printed on high quality A4 card stock and signed by the artist.

Jimmy Dell Original Signature - Lightning Drawing Certificate of Authenticity

FREE - pack of 4 top quality aviation Christmas cards included.


Stephen Brown


12 x 10 inches (30 x 25 cm), approx 13.5 x 11.5 inches including frame.

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