Pilot Memories (Hampden)
Beach Jump off (Spitfire)
in Normandy (Typhoon)
of the Sea and Sky (Sunderland)
Atlantic Nannette (Liberator)
'Mosquito' in Korea (T6 Texan)
Seafire Display Team(Seafire,Firefly)
Sea Furies (Sea Fury)
of a feather (RCN Avenger and T33)
The First Canuck(CF100,B25 Mitchell and Vampire)
Ghost Flypast (Banshee, Tracker and Sikosrky S 55)
Crew Support-Aviano (CF 18)
Ghost Flypast "
Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) Banshees conduct a low-level pass over H.M.C.S
BONAVENTURE, Canada’s last aircraft carrier, during a precision
flying display at sea. The RCN aerial display team, named the “Grey
Ghosts”, earned an enviable reputation for their flying skills
during the 1960’s. The Banshee was Canada’s only operational
naval jet fighter and served in that capacity in the RCN Fleet Air Arm.
In the painting, the carrier has just turned into the wind and aircraft
are being prepared for flying operations on deck. A Banshee is being
keyed up for launch while a Tracker, anti-submarine patrol aircraft,
is unfolding its wings in preparation for its turn. Other Trackers are
ranged on the after flight deck with the ever-present rescue helicopter,
“Pedro”, having just launched and taking up position in
the carrier’s wake – ready for any mishap requiring a quick
rescue of a ditched aviator.
Acrylic on 24x36 canvas (1997)
Display: Canada Aviation Museum Artflight show, Ottawa,
1997. CAAA TAAE (Alberta) shows (2003). Selected for inclusion in
"Tradition of Excellence" by Dan Dempsey, a book on Canada’s
air demonstration teams. Artist's collection.
IN THE FLEET AIR ARM
The 1960s saw the development
of a modern Canadian fleet with at sea aerial support from a modern
carrier flying up-to-date jet fighters such as the Banshee, ASW Tracker
aircraft and Seaking helicopters. This was the ultimate development
of the Canadian Navy's Fleet Air Arm.
information is available at the following excellent website:
Aircraft Carriers -