Eye of the Storm - D.H Sea Vixen
De Havilland Sea Vixen of 899 Squadron Aviation Art Print by Aviation Artist Graham Holme
The magnificent De Havilland Sea Vixen served with the Fleet Air Arm for over a decade between 1957 and 1970 before being superseded by the McDonnell-Douglas Phantom.
As with so many other De Havilland designs, the Sea Vixen, which had started life as the DH.110, was a very unique concept as while looking for all the world like a single seater there was a second crewman, cramped beside the pilot with no field of vision. While being somewhat of an anachronism as a weapons system, the fighter was supersonic and many commentators felt that when the aircraft was fully retired in 1972 that the end had come too soon.
Thankfully there are a number of aircraft preserved in Museums and a single example still flies, giving exhilarating displays wherever it attends.
Graham Holmes Aviation Art Painting shows the Aircraft at high speed low over the sea, probably a nerve wrecking experience for the observer who would have no idea just how low they actually were!