|Merlin Helicopter watercolour sketch|
Such an honour to have been invited to attend the ceremonial Disbandment Ceremony of 78 Squadron Royal Air Force and Standing Up Ceremony of 846 Naval Air Squadron – a future with Merlin.
My first sight of the Merlin were a number of helicopters lined up by the runway at RAF Benson, with the ubiquitous Sea King in the background.
A large presence of both Royal Navy and Royal Air Force service personnel welcomed the arrived of HRH Duke of York and Prince Michael of Kent. All speeches were moving and explained well the transition of the aircraft between squadrons.
I have a huge database of images from the day and I wish to produce a piece of artwork which expresses the feelings of the day. It is clear that there is a huge emotional connection from the crew/maintainers to the aircraft which has served them in many combat zones across the world . It was quite a moment to see a formation flypast of 7 helicopters.
I am looking forward to starting the painting but, for now, the thought process behind the painting is going to take a little time. I will keep you all posted!