First Flight

Gerald Coulson

 

 

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First Flight Gerald Coulson

On July 21st 1951 WB188, the Hawker PIO67 Prototype, made it's first flight from Boscombe Down, flown by Hawker Chief Test Pilot and WWII fighter ace, Squadron leader Neville Duke DSO, OBE, DFC**, AFC. This historic aircraft went on to become the Hunter one of Britain's most successful fighter aircraft. Created under the guiding hand of famed Hawker designer Sydney Camm, the PI067 Hunter became the RAF's standard single seat fighter from 1954 until 1960. It was also the first British produced swept-wing fighter to serve in large numbers in the RAF. The maiden flight was successful with only minor problems. Due to the undercarriage light staying on Neville Duke took the decision not to exceed 19,000 ft or 350 knots. The P1067 was Hawkers first application of powered controls but British experience of this was very limited at that time. Consequently the elevator hydraulic power boost was disconnected but the ailerons remained in use.This meant that the pilot struggled to maintain control especially on landing.

Neville Duke has fond memories of the aircraft, which has become synonymous with his name:"Of the multitude of designs from the board of Sydney Camm over a period of 43 years the Hunter is arguably the most graceful of all. The saying 'if it looks right it will fly right' applies to the Hunter and can be illustrated by the fact that within some ten test flights the aircraft was flying in excess of 700mph, as demonstrated at the SBAC Farnborough Show shortly after the first flight. Sydney Camm proclaimed it to be his most beautiful design and I am not alone in claiming it to be a pilots aeroplane, a view expressed amongst the fighter pilots of the 21 nations who flew this aircraft in operational service up until 1995. Our aim was to give the pilots a fighter without limitations and this unique clearance was obtained. Long may we see them in the air as a tribute to the genius of Sydney Camm and his design team. Some 2000 Hunters were produced in the UK, Holland and Belgium and many more refurbished for 14 nations and returned to service through-out the world. The Hunter continues to serve in non-operational roles in various services and establishments as well as in private hands. WB 188 now resides in the Tangmere Military Aviation Museum, West Sussex.

This superb release by one of the masters of aviation art, Gerald Coulson, depicts the prototype on its historic first ever flight from Boscombe Down. As usual Coulson has captured the speed and detail of the scene even down to Neville Duke's wearing of an American style 'Bone Dome' helmet, for possibly the first time in Britain. Squadron leader Neville Duke has added to the authenticity of this edition by personally signing each print. Part of the edition is also signed by three other prominent test pilots, Hugh Merewether, Duncan Simpson and David Lockspeiser, all of whom personally played a large part of the development of the Hunter.

 

PRINT DETAILS

THE SIGNED AND NUMBERED EDITION
500 prints with ONE signature

Squadron Leader Duke, Neville DSO OBE DFC AFC

THE ARTIST PROOF EDITION
50 prints with FOUR signatures

Squadron Leader Duke, Neville DSO OBE DFC AFC
Merewether, Hugh OBE
Simpson, Duncan OBE
Lockspeiser, David



Each print is accompanied with a matching numbered certificate of authenticity

Overall Print Size 28"x 21" (inches) Printed in lightfast inks on acid free archival paper.

PRINT PRICES

Signed and Numbered Print
UK £125.00 Edition Size - 500

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