Motorway Trials

SEPECAT Jaguar S2/GR.1, XX109, landing on the M55, 26th April 1975.
30 x 20 inches oil on canvas.
For sale, £750.

Inspired by a grainy video this painting depicts the moment that BAC test-pilot Tim Ferguson dropped his pre-production Jaguar onto a newly-built stretch of the M55 motorway near Blackpool to demonstrate the aircraft’s rough field capabilities.

The aircraft was fitted with a 1,200-litre centre-line fuel tank for the landing and was then  ‘bombed up’ before taking off to demonstrate a full tactical weapons load.

The original painting was part of the 2019 Guild of Aviation Artists’ annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London and is available for sale.