To celebrate the 80th anniversary of RAF Brize Norton, award-winning artist David Harber was commissioned to create a unique sculpture to reflect the strategic global importance of the airbase, and the international reach of its aircraft.
The ‘Gate Guardian’ was unveiled at a special event on October 13 by former Station Commander of Brize Norton, Air Commodore Jonathan Ager, and Flight Sergeant Emily Young, an Air Cadet from No. 2267 (Brize Norton) Squadron, Air Training Corps. The piece was gifted by AirTanker, which provides the RAF with Air-to-Air Refuelling.
Made in David Harber’s Oxfordshire workshop, the piece features models of the aircraft stationed at the base – a C-130J Hercules, a Boeing C-17 Globemaster, an A330 Voyager and an Airbus A400M Atlas. It is crafted from Marine Grade Stainless Steel to ensure its longevity and boasts built-in lighting so that it looks as striking by night as it does by day.
On the work, David Harber comments: “For me as an aviator and an Oxfordshire local, this project was incredibly rewarding to work on. To create something unique that embodies all of the fantastic, imperative activities in which Brize Norton is involved is very special”.
July 2018The latest 132-page issue of FlyPast pays tribute to Britain’s glorious jet age with a series of themed features. Towards the end of World War Two, and especially in the years that followed, Britain can justifiably claim to have led the world in jet technology. Following the Gloster Meteor, the only Allied jet to see service before VE Day, British manufacturers were responsible for a range of innovative successors, including our cover star, the twin-boomed Vampire, and the legendary Comet airliner.
Marking the 75th anniversary of Operation ‘Chastise’, Steve Beebee visited the Möhne and Eder dams in Germany.
For 12 days in 1942 the Luftwaffe hit British towns that appeared in the Baedeker travel guide. Chris Goss assesses these raids.
Flying the Stieglitz
Our resident warbird pilot Dave Unwin samples the Focke-Wulf Fw 44 Stieglitz.
Lockheed U-2 pilot Lt Col Rick Bishop recalls high altitude missions that took samples from Chinese nuclear weapon tests.
Warren E Thompson talks to Martin B-26 crews about their exploits from North Africa to Germany.
We also visit this year’s Warbirds Over Wanaka airshow in New Zealand, while Scott Lester drops in at the Aviation Heritage Museum in Bull Creek, Western Australia. Closer to home, Nigel Price brings us the latest news from the RAF Museum Cosford’s Michael Beetham Conservation Centre, where a Wellington and Hampden – among others – are being worked on. We also bring news of a Greek Spitfire that’s being rebuilt at Biggin Hill, and a P-47D Thunderbolt that has returned to the UK.