Pleasing the Crowds

STORY BEHIND THE SCENE KEITH BURNS

This issue’s artwork focus highlights an evocative scene inspired by last year’s RAF Cosford airshow. Here, the station’s media officer Sqn Ldr Chris Wilson provides history, while artist Keith Burns explains how he produced the highly detailed oil painting

Keith Burns’ painting ‘Trenchard Returns’ incorporates a stunning level of detail. KEITH BURNS
Airmen of 2 School of Technical Training seen in 1939.
An aerial view of RAF Cosford in 1940; no runway yet but ‘hedges’ had been painted on to the airfield. ALL CROWN COPYRIGHT UNLESS STATED

Rapid RAF expansion to meet the growing threat of Nazi Germany required additional aircraft storage/repair facilities and a network of Aircraft Storage Units (ASUs). Cosford, in Shropshire, was selected as a site for one of the latter but it was soon destined for even greater things.

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