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04-30-2017, 07:55 AM
This is a gouache painting approx 70cm wide by 35 cm high. Quite an obscure aircraft so not well known, despite a large contribution to ops over Afghanistan.

The Nimrod R1 of Number 51 (Reconnaissance) Squadron based in the Gulf flew in support of coalition forces in Southern Afghanistan during Operation HERRICK for ten years, making it one of 51 Squadron’s longest operational commitments. Due for retirement at the end March 2011, the Nimrod R1 was given a three-month reprieve to enable participation in Operation ELLAMY, supporting the NATO mission over Libya.

Formal retirement of Nimrod R.1 with ceremony at RAF Waddington, XV249 making the farewell flypast over the airfield at 11am, pilot Flt Lt Mike Chatterton plus six crew.The type’s official out of service date was 30 June 2011.

04-30-2017, 08:47 AM
Welcome and what a cracking work of art.A very very under appreciated unsung aircraft.Lovely stuff :)

04-30-2017, 08:53 AM
Love the painting:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

04-30-2017, 09:02 AM
Welcome, what a great intro ! A very worthy subject given a fittingly accomplished tribute .

04-30-2017, 09:38 AM
Really like this one :cool:

04-30-2017, 09:44 AM
Thank you or your kind comments. I have a few others that I will post soon.

04-30-2017, 10:23 AM
Nice picture.

04-30-2017, 12:23 PM
Outstanding, Lawrence.

Chas McHugh
04-30-2017, 01:18 PM
Welcome to WetCanvas Anthony.

Very nice work. There was a time* that I would have got locked up for such a painting and the key would never have been found. How times change.
(*I was based at RAF Wyton in the late seventies)

04-30-2017, 01:25 PM
Hello Chas

Suprisingly the RAF are still very tight lipped about the Nimrod R1. I contacted the 5 Squadron Association who put me in contact with 5 Squadron directly, but they would not reply to my queries.

Glad you like it and thanks for commenting.

Chas McHugh
04-30-2017, 01:44 PM
I once flew on a 51 Sqn aircraft. It was scheduled to go to base servicing at Kinloss and therefore anything of interest had been removed. An opportunity for a Continuation Training flight was a chance that I was not going to miss; and a claim that very few can boast about.

To this day, seeing guided public tours of the 51 Sqn machine at RAF Museum Cosford is all wrong to me.

There is a photograph of a 51 Sqn aircraft 'over the Baltic' with a Swedish Saab Draken alongside that upset the MoD massively in about 1978. I must paint that one as it was when the aircraft adorned the standard maritime white over grey colour scheme which was very attractive to see.

04-30-2017, 02:06 PM
The very first painting I ever sold was a white on grey Nimrod blasting down the runway at 50 ft leaving an enormous cloud of toxins in it's wake :evil:

04-30-2017, 05:50 PM
Very attractive piece. Never seen this version of the Nimrod, did see standard maritime patrol drop in at Greenwood NS. You controlled your light really well in what is almost a two colour piece. Impressive!

05-04-2017, 10:40 PM
Excellent painting indeed, complementary colours, lovely muting/glazing? of the background to pop the Nimrod and sweet lighting on the top edge of the plane and cockpit. A1, wish I could do as well.

08-07-2018, 02:50 PM
Excellent work...