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Author Peter Clegg commissioned this painting of Jimmy Orrell for the cover of his book 'The Quiet Test Pilot'.

Before he joined A. V. Roe & Co. as a test pilot, Orrell was an RAF pilot, a ‘barnstormer’ performing aerial acrobatics and a commercial pilot. His work at A. V. Roe & Co included the development of the Lancaster bomber. He became the company’s chief test pilot in 1947.

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'The Quiet Test-Pilot'*




oil on board


H 49.5 x W 59 cm

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gift from Mr P. Clegg, 1989

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