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Last year I was approached by Katya, a Teacher in a School in Murmansk. She asked if I could help her with some of my paintings of Russian Convoys, for a project she was doing with her pupils for the School Museum. She contacted me through the Dervish75 events which Greta and I Attended. Anyway, today I received a letter with a Christmas Card from her, along with the end result of the project. A small folder with photos of my paintings. It is to be used to promote the School's Museum.
A small thing but a little sign of friendship by the ordinary people of both Countries. Only the angry sensational stuff reaches the media, while us ordinary folk get on with life.
Jim

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Thanks mark. Here’s one I did yesterday

Swordfish dropping a practice torpedo, aimed at the Paddle Minesweeper HMS Glen Avon. Off the coast of Fife near Crail. Glen Avon and Usk, both ex excursion steamers were taken up by the RN. Based for a while at Granton, they were often used as 'target ship' for aircraft from the torpedo school at HMS Jackdaw, RNAS Crail.
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Skip, your last painting really brought back a memory. I used to do some fisheries work on Stone Lagoon in Humboldt County, California. The lagoon is the middle one of a north-south group of three lagoons that form Humboldt Lagoons State Park. There's an old red schoolhouse across the road from the lagoon. The lagoon and its lone schoolhouse made an easily seen and identified waypoint for US naval aircraft practicing low-level ingress missions, so every so often we would see an F/A-18 or Intruder zip over at treetop height, just like in your painting.

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I was in a flight of Phantoms, years ago. doing something pretty similar during hunting season in central Pennsylvania. We were in a low fly area and crested a ridge at very low altitude, spooking some whitetails away from some poor guy who'd probably spent all morning maneuvering to get a shot.  As we rounded into a turn I glanced back and saw he wasn't exactly waving goodbye. I could see a bright orange jump suit in the tree line.

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South of Boardman, Oregon the Navy has a Bombing Range that started out as a WW 2 US Army Air Force bombing Range, still is in active use. In 64 I was running a John Deere 95 Combine like the one in the photo and in similar country on top and on the East side of Rock Creek. Navy often used to fly over as in your above painting and the pilots loved to buzz you. Usually could detect them and enjoy the flyover except for the one that caught me with my rear to the West on the crown of a hill he was skimming, set a record shutting down a 95 H when his shadow and engine noise struck at the same time, high heart rate for about 30 minutes. Think it was that shadow along with the sound that triggered that reaction, the shadow had not went over me during previous flyovers.                                                                                                                                                                                                 Image result for john deere 95 combine

 

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The Scottish Horse was a Yeomanry regiment of the British Army's Territorial Army raised in 1900 for service in the Second Boer War. It saw heavy fighting in both the First World War, as the 13th Battalion, Black Watch, and in the Second World War, as part of the Royal Artillery. It amalgamated with the Fife and Forfar Yeomanry to form the Fife and Forfar Yeomanry/Scottish Horse in 1956. The regiment also became part of the Army Air Corps 655 Squadron. 6th Regiment AAC. Originally raised around the village of Dunkeld the regiment's colours and archives are kept at Dunkeld Cathedral. The painting was commissioned by one of the keepers of the archives, it shows a Lynx Helicopter of 655 Sqdn AAC flying near Dunkeld Cathedral. 
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Jim
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