R4118 Poster - Preparing to Defend
Blind embossed with the official Hurricane Heritage stamp

R4118 Poster: Preparing to Defend


Preparing to Defend, by Simon Grant

Hurricane Mk 1 R4118 taxis for take-off to intercept another enemy attack. Croydon’s iconic terminal building forms her backdrop.


Product Description

One of six exclusive artworks by aviation artist Simon Grant, specially commissioned by Hurricane Heritage to commemorate the legacy of R4118
• A2 size (490 x 524mm / 16.3 x 23.4in)
• Digitally printed
• Embossed in bottom right corner
• Packaged and posted in cardboard poster roll to prevent damage

About the artist

Simon Grant grew up in Surrey during the 60s and 70s. His first loves were drawing and painting and from the age of 6 he was filling his sketchbooks with aircraft, animals and racing cars.

Living close to the perimeter of Kenley Aerodrome (a former Battle of Britain sector station) led to a fascination with the momentous events of 1940 which became a favourite subject for the young artist. The cinema release of the acclaimed “Battle of Britain” in 1969 only served to fire his enthusiasm further.

The significant anniversaries of the last few years have brought that youthful passion back to the surface and Simon has been inspired to create a number of fine art prints depicting a truly crucial moment in British history, including this series featuring Hurricane Mk I R4118.


R4118 is now on public display at Old Warden, Bedfordshire as part of the historical Shuttleworth Collection of vintage aircraft, cars and motorcycles.

For more information, opening times and ticket booking please visit the Shuttleworth website.

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