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General Aircraft GAL35

General Aircraft GAL 35
The General Aircraft Type 35 was tendered as a replacement for the DH "Queen Bee" and Airspeed "Queen Wasp" radio controlled drones (although it had provision for being piloted manually). An intriguing layout that might have lent itself to other uses.

Blackburn type 153 - painting by John Dell


A Bristol study around the Hercules engine, the Type 153 was  designed to meet spec F37/35 for a four cannon fighter. The specification was eventually met by the Westland Whirlwind.

Bristol type 133 - Painting by John Dell

Bristol Type 133


Two paintings of the Bristol Type 133, a very advanced design when it first flew in 1934, the Type 133 was designed to the specification which led to the Gloster Gladiator, the RAF's last biplane fighter. If the Prototype had not been lost in an avoidable accident the Type 133 might well have been selected instead of the Gladiator. The top picture has a Type133 in the silver colours used by a Gladiator squadron in the inter-war period. The bottom has a Type 133 in the colours used by Gladiators in the very early stages of the war in the Western Desert against the Italians.

Hawker Henley in FAA colours.


The Hawker Henley was a very advanced design. Two hundred were actually produced but they were only used as target tugs, a job they were ill suited for. The painting shows the Henley as it might have appeared if it had been used by the Fleet Air Arm in an operational role (the FAA did operate a handfull as target tugs). To read more about the the Hawker Henley
 <click here>.

Henley attacking armoured column.
Here is another picture of a Hawker Henley, in this case attacking a German tank column in France in 1940, a task actually carried out with disastrous consequences by Fairey Battles.

Henley dive bomber.

Yet more Henleys, this time dive-bombing bridges at Maastricht. A black and white version of this image featured in Peter C. Smiths book "The History of Dive Bombing" (Pen and Sword Edition ISBM 978-1-84415-592-7 )

The leading wave of Skuas tip over to dive-bomb the Konigsberg.

The Sinking of the Königsberg.

The first wave of Blackburn Skuas flip over to attack the German cruiser KÖnigsberg at Bergen harbour, 10th April 1940. A lot of research went into this picture, and I have received help from experts in Norway, the USA and the UK to get it as accurate as possible. To read more about the sinking <click here>.

Blackburn B44 fighter. Image copyright John Dell

Blackburn B44 retracting bottom flying boat fighter

The B44 was based on the Firebrand single-seat fighter but with a retractable pontoon float built into the bottom of the fuselage for taking off and alighting on water. Two small additional stabilising floats retracted into the wings. I've painted it as if it had gone into service in the Pacific theatre, attacking a Japanese A6M2-N floatplane fighter.

deHavilland DH93 Don

DH 93 Dons, painted as if they had gone into service as originally intended.

The Don was originally designed as an aircrew trainer for the RAF - you can read about it here.

Armstrong Whitworth F11/35

Armstrong Whitworth F11/35

The Armstrong Whitworth F11/35 was an ubuilt project for a fighter to use the "no allowance shooting" technique. It featured a turret that could be only rotated about the forward hemisphere.
<CLICK HERE> to read about "no allowance shooting"

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