Ready For The Off

Aviation artist Chris French GAvA reflects on the process he used to create an evocative painting of Stow Maries airfield as it looked during the Great War

STORY BEHIND THE SCENE

CHRIS FRENCH

‘Ready For The Off’ by Chris French GAvA.
ALL IMAGES BY OR VIA CHRIS FRENCH

Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome lies to the east of Chelmsford, about 7 miles southwest of Maldon in Essex, within an area of gently rolling farmland. It is home to the largest known surviving group of Royal Flying Corps (RFC) buildings on a preserved Wo rld War One-era aerodrome. Unlike many air bases of the day, Stow Maries was not adapted for further military use after the war.

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