London Skies MK-1 Spitfire
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London Skies MK-1 Spitfire
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Oil on canvas
W: 910mm x H: 610mm x D: 20mm
W: 36" x H: 24" x D: 1"
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Spitfire MK 1A WW2 fighter.
The first production Spitfire, the Mk-I was powered by a Merlin III giving 1,030 hp and a maximum speed of 367 mph. This make mostly fought in the Battle of Britain. It entered service in 1938 with 19 and 66 Squadrons. In all some 1,566 Mk-I Spitfires were produced.
Although in squadron service, with armour plate for pilot protection added, the top speed was more likely to be 345 mph. The first batch had a straight topped cockpit canopy, later changed for the bulge type. Originally fitted with wooden two-blade fixed pitch propellers, they were later equipped with de Havilland three-bladed variable pitch airscrews. Armament was either eight Browning .303 calibre machine guns (MK-IA) or two 20 mm cannons and four machine guns (MK-1B).
The cannon version was not produced in great quantity; the early cannon installations were not very satisfactory and prone to the mechanism jamming. The Spitfire MK-I entered service in 1938 with 19 and 66 Squadrons. In all some 1,566 Mk-I Spitfires were produced.
This is Supermarine Spitfire Mk-IA, JZ-E (AR213), 57 OTU, RAF,flown by F/O J.H. "Ginger" Lacey, 1942.
Span: 36 ft.10 in.
Lenght: 32 ft.3 in.
Weights: Empty 4,900 lb, loaded 5,900 lb.
Performance: Maximum speed 365 m.p.h. at 19,000 ft
315 m.p.h. at 20,000 ft.
Normal cruising speed 210 m.ph.at 20.000 ft. Rate of climb (initial) 2,520 ft. per min.
Time to 20,000 ft. 7.5 min. Service ceiling 37,200 ft.
Range; 470 miles.
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Don is an Artist with SouthAfricanArtists.com based in South Africa.
I am a multi-gifted artist and illustrator, Senior Professional Architectural Technologist, marketing consultant and photographer.
I work in oil, water colours, charcoal, pencil, pen and multi-media paintings, drawings and commercial illustrations.
I enjoy all types of subject matter ranging from wildlife, landscapes, seascapes, portraits - across the spectrum to architecture, contemporary art, aviation, ships, trains and still life.
My approach to colour, form, composition, subject matter:
As a designer and artist, I am inspired by all types of subject matter and am constantly experimenting with colours, form and subject matter. Wildlife & aviation however, are my first choices which I constantly return to.
My mission is to produce unconditional fine-art excellence which will leave a legacy that is an accurate record, inspires, brings joy and is a delight to the art owner.
My philosophy is to enjoy every facet of God’s creations and my own gift of creativity. I receive enormous satisfaction from mentoring others and donating my time and works to worthy causes which benefit humanity and the environment.
My aviation works are well researched and the aircraft and locations are acurate as possible so that they provide a legacy and historical record for others to appreciate.
All my works are available as prints, posters, postcards etc.
I matriculated in art at the PE Technical College and was privately tutored by Andre' Vancoillie. I have participated in exhibitions at the Getaway Show Cape Town, Port Elizabeth St Georges Gallery, De Oude Kraal Luxury Guest Lodge, Grahamstown Arts Festival, Queenstown, EPSAC Port Elizabeth and my works are permanently on display in the SAAF Museum Art Gallery in Forest Hill Port Elizabeth. saafmuseum org za
My Aviation Art Gallery is at the Port Elizabeth SAAF Museum.
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