A few weeks ago, I shared a couple of images over on social media of some new work I had made for a very specific and special customer.
Those of you who have known me personally for a number of years may recall my connection with the RAF – as well as my grandfather serving, my dear brother, Kevin worked as an Air Frames & Propulsion Technician on the incredibly significant Vintage Pair Display Team in the mid 1980s. The Meteor and the Vampire were the first ever two jets in service for the RAF, and Kevin felt it was a tremendous honour to work on the team. As a family, we were very proud, because we knew that he was amongst the best of the best to be allowed and to have the skill to keep these old birds flying. Any technician is, and I admire them all, but imagine what it takes to work on a war-time jet.
Sadly, on 25th May, 1986, their was a mid air collision during the display RAF Mildenhall. This first early example of the Meteor didn’t have ejector seats, and my brother Kevin and the pilot, Andy Potts lost their lives that day.
A few months ago, through a workshop, I met a lovely lady who is involved with the RAFA – the Royal Air Force Association, which supports and fund-raises for RAF members and their families. And so, these items were created – COASTERS, and FRAMED PICTURES. They’re now listed on the RAFA website for sale, and helping raise money for a very good cause. I am very proud to be a part of this.