A 218 (Gold Coast) Squadron crew arrive at their veteran Short Stirling N3721 in preparation for another long and dangerous night over Germany.
The Stirling has always been one of my favourite aircraft, in fact it was the first aircraft I ever painted when I was a teenager. Over the years I've painted dozens of Lancasters and Halifaxes but never really had the chance to add a Stirling to my Bomber Command collection. Several times I've tried to fit a Stirling into my schedule, (I even got half-way with one once!), but never had the chance to finish one.
Last November, I cleared the decks, took the plunge and decided to finally pay my tribute to the mighty Stirling. It has taken three months to paint, has evolved through several stages but I can now at last call it finished. It really has been a labour of love for this often overlooked aircraft but I hope I've captured her awkward but proud lines, including that infernal undercarriage!
I chose N3721 as I wanted to depict a Stirling that flew a lot of ops, and this particular aircraft did just that. It flew with 218 Squadron which was one of the most experienced operators of the Stirling so both are fine examples to represent all of those Bomber Command Stirlings and the crews that flew inside her.
The original painting is now for sale. With my time temporarily taken up with editing the new Wingleader magazine and a full commission schedule, this will be one of only a few originals that will become available this year.
(The frame is for illustrative purposes only, the original is usually supplied unframed to ease postage, especially for international purchasers).
- ORIGINAL PAINTING INFORMATION
- Original painting size:40" x 20" Unframed
- Medium:Acrylic on Fine French linen canvas
- Year painted:2019