A Nimrod MR2 flies top cover for an RAF Sea King which has come out to the limit of its range for a rescue. This was painted as a commission for one of the Nimrod's crew, who supplied a picture of the actual ship involved and who remembered every detail of this particular rescue. The Nimrod was the aircraft I flew and top cover callouts were the most common Search and Rescue mission. Flying above, the Nimrod could provide communications relay while the helicopter was out of radio communications at low level. The Nimrod's bomb bay full of dinghys and air-sea rescue equipment also was a vital and welcome comfort to the helicopter crews operating a very long way out to sea in what were often some quite dreadful weather conditions. I enjoyed painting this!
About the Artist
I am a watercolour painter living and working in the beautiful north of Scotland. Although my painting began with landscape works, I have recently begun painting aircraft, especially with a military theme. I often enjoy placing many of my aircraft in a landscape setting of their own! I am…View full profile