Spy in the Sky - Percival Proctor


Percival Proctor T.1 & Lockheed U2 National Service Aviation Aircraft Plane Painting Art Print by Charles Thompson GAvA


As with most young men up to 1960, the artist was required to do National Service, serving in the Royal Air Force as a Senior Aircraftsman. Here he is seen on the wheel of a Percival Provost T.1 at RAF Feltwell in 1956. Overhead is the very first U2 to arrive in England. The artist still remembers that day well and wrote to Air Pictorial Magazine, his letter being published and receiving the answer that the aircraft was a Cosmic Ray / Meteorological aircraft. Only many years later with the capturing of Gary Powers did the real nature of the U2 come to be known. 

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