The Malta Aviation Museum Foundation commissioned me to do this work, depicting three Gloster Sea Gladiators (colloquially known as Faith, Hope and Charity) at Hal Far, Malta in 1940. Instrumental in defending the island during the early stages of the conflict, these biplanes were discovered unassembled in crates at Kalafrana seaplane base. A Station Fighter Flight was set up at RAF Hal Far aerodrome and the Gladiators hastily pressed into service.
In the painting, N5519 is having the Watts two bladed propeller replaced with a Fairey Reed three-blade type in a desperate attempt to improve its climb performance thus making it more effective at intercepting the enemy.
A limited edition print run has been produced and they are available from the Malta Sea Gladiator Project with all proceeds going to fund the restoration of N5519 to flying condition. This ambitious project is already making good progress and print sales will help keep the project on track. It will be fantastic to see this historic aircraft in the skies over Malta once again.