Hand signed and numbered by Wootton|
From a 1993 sold out limited edition
Overall size: 33" x 25"
Image size: 30" x 20"
In 1918, following the suggestion of Lieutenant General Jan Smuts' Cabinet Committee, the British Government merged the Royal Flying Corps with the Royal Naval Air Service to create the first independent air force in the world. Major General Sir Hugh Trenchard, to whom the task was entrusted, became the first commander of the joint service, the Royal Air Force - better known as the RAF.
Two of the gentlemen depicted in the Crossley staff car are Sir Hugh Trenchard and General Smuts. The aircraft are a Sopwith Camel and, beyond, several S.E. 5a's, the two most successful British fighter aircraft of WWI. Above them, returning from a night raid, fly two Handley Page 0/400 heavy bombers of the RAF.Signatures:Sir Peter HARDING, GCB, DSc, FRAeS, CBIM - Marshal of the Royal Air Force and Chief of the Defence Staff
Sir Michael GRAYDON, GCB, CBE, ADC, FRAeS - Air Chief Marshal and Chief of the Air Staff
Sir John THOMSON, KCB, CBE, AFC - Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Strike Command