RAF Aviation Cartoon by 'Canning'
A rather fine framed cartoon featuring the RAF at work and play- we imagine in the 1960’s. The aircraft depicted appear to be Hawker Hunter’s which entered RAF service in 1954 and were withdrawn from operational service in 1967. We have been unable to identify the artist but we have found he was cartooning at at RAF Wildenrath in the early 1970’s and had a booklet published that went on sale in the Malcolm Club. The cartoons caricature some of the humorous goings-on in the Harrier Force at the time and it appears this and the other ‘Canning’ cartoon we are listing today pre date these and are probably circa 1960’s. This work features an officer who is clearly the Senior Technical Staff Officer (S.T.S.O.) who is less than happy with the way the ‘erks’ are looking after the aircraft under their charge with total disregard to health and safety issues and it would seem the Servicing Controller is shortly for the high jump The cartoon has some lovely period details and we particularly like the young ‘Eric Bristow’ type with his makeshift dart board/ RAF roundel! The picture is signed ‘Canning’ bottom right and bottom left is marked in pencil ‘M’. We are unsure if this is an original or a print but it is period framed and glazed. Measures 17.5” x 14.0” (44 cm x 36 cm)