Given that I had a 25 year flying career, many people ask me why I don't draw aeroplanes. After all I get lots of chances, even now, to take reference photographs of unusual flying situations. For example when we go to the annual reunions with two of my old Squadrons, we actually get airborne, yes Pat as well!
Both squadrons fly tankers. That is to say airborne tankers that refuel other aircraft in-flight.
|VC10 Tanker at work...another day at the office.|
Here they are. The front one is a Tristar of 216 Squadron (pronounced Two Sixteen) and the second one is a VC10 of 10 Squadron.
You can see the hoses hanging from them that the fighters have to hook on to. Although this might be a nice scene to paint ... there's not a lot for me and pen & ink.
We get airborne and fly up and down the refuelling zone above the North Sea. All sorts of NATO Allies refuel from us over a 4 hour sortie: British, German, American, French....etc.
Here are pictures I took from a VC10, on our last visit.
These are RAF Typhoons waiting their turn to refuel. As you can see, they'd be OK to paint, but no good to me. Given that the picture loses its punch if you don't know where it is being taken from. Below is the best I can come up with, it would hardly be a popular picture when you consider the paintings/photos that are published.
|Pen & Ink (5" x 7") John Simlett|
Maybe I'll do a series of old world aircraft ... the old bi-planes. We'll see! Meanwhile ......