March 17, 2021


This painting has been commissioned by RAF Fighter Pilot and former Tornado Display Team member; Gp Capt Jon Nixon. The scene features TI (ZD895) from XV Squadron during an air display practice at their home base RAF Lossiemouth in 2004.


I have now finished the painting and both Gp Capt Jon Nixon and myself are very pleased with the end result.

I will be posting a selection of close up images later on and also putting together a YouTube video which will help highlight the level of detail achieved.

A big thank you to those who have already reserved prints! There are still some available. See details below on how to reserve yours without deposit or commitment

A closer look at the detail

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Scene Description

In the scene, Flt Lt Jon Nixon and Navigator Flt Lt Jon Greenhowe have come in from the sea at high speed (600kts) over the golf course, pulling up at 100 feet over the main runway (23), and starting to enter into a vertical climb. The viewpoint is looking down at the climbing jet which is placed at approximately 3-500 feet.

From Gp Capt Jon Nixon

Gp Capt Jon Nixon pictured above when he was Display Pilot

For the instructors on XV(Reserve) Squadron, being selected to be the Tornado Display Crew was fiercely competed for each year and it was a huge privilege to be able to fly as the 2003 and 2004 RAF Tornado GR4 Display Pilot. With over 100 flying displays completed to millions of people across the UK and Europe over the two year stint, it remains to this day one of my real highlights of my military flying career. The Tornado GR Display Team were based out of RAF Lossiemouth for many years and I felt it fitting that the picture captures the end of one of our many display practices at our home base.

An awesome aircraft on operations, the Tornado GR1/4 had many strengths and was originally designed to fly at high speeds and ultra low level for the Cold War. Like many of the display crews before us (and after), our sequence ended with the inevitable high speed low level pass with a max G pull-up in to the vertical to perform a ‘Zoom Climb’. The painting aims to capture our 2004 Display Jet entering the Zoom Climb at the end of one of our in season practice displays.

I will be forever grateful to XV(Reserve) Squadron for the support and the memories - my two Tornado Display Team navigators (Stu and Jon), the amazing engineers, the aircrew and the brilliant support staff. I also thank the local community who were then and continue to be incredibly supportive to RAF Lossiemouth.

Finally, I hope that you all enjoy seeing the painting develop and share my excitement in capturing what I am sure will be, a truly tremendous painting of the mighty Tornado GR4.

Gp Capt Jon Nixon

Step by step

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Limited Edition Prints

250 limited edition artist signed prints will be available in total, made up of four sizes as detailed below. Each print will be accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.

Print release is expected to be some time during May. Date will be confirmed as soon as possible

Paper size: 20.75"x15.875"
Image size: 18.625"x13.375"

Paper size: 23.625"x18.125"
Image size: 21.25"x15.25"

Paper size: 26.5"x20.25"
Image size: 23.75"x17"

Paper size: 29.375"x22.5"
Image size: 26.375"x18.875"

Individually artist signed: Yes
Certificate of authenticity: Yes
Framed: No


Print Reservation

Throughout the project, right up until the print release date, customers can reserve up to three prints each with no deposit or commitment. Following the print release customers will have seven days in which to secure their reservation. Unclaimed prints will be released back into circulation.

There is no requirement at this stage to decide which size you would like. You will be able to select any of the above mentioned four sizes at the time of purchase.

Simply click on the reserve button below to email me a request. I will then reply confirming your print number(s)

For those interested in the art side of things, such as the medium, media etc; here are the details - Painting Size: 28" x 20". Medium: Gouache. Media: Arches Hot Pressed Paper.


If you would like to commission a painting for yourself, your squadron or as a gift, then please CLICK HERE for details

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