A PORTRAIT of Sir Michael Cobham – who played a leading role in the Fleet Air Arm Museum – has been unveiled at the museum at RNAS Yeovilton.
Lady Nadine Cobham, widow of Sir Michael who died in April 2006, visited the Fleet Air Arm Museum to officially unveil a portrait of him and to plant a commemorative oak tree in memory of her late husband.
The portrait is one of five commissioned by Lady Cobham and was painted by the acclaimed portrait artist Mara McGregor and it will hang permanently in the foyer of the museum’s Cobham Hall.
The building was named after Sir Michael in recognition of his long-running support for the project and is now used to house the museum’s reserve collection of aircraft and many thousands of records and artefacts.
The four other portraits will be donated by Lady Cobham to organisations of particular significance to Sir Michael including Southampton and Bournemouth Universities and Cobham PLC.
The portrait and tree were gratefully received by chairman of the board of trustees Admiral Terry Loughran, Commodore Chris Palmer, past president of the board of trustees Admiral Sir Desmond Cassidi and the museum’s director Graham Mottram.
Mr Mottram said: “Sir Michael was a major figure within the aerospace industry for over thirty years and his contribution the Fleet Air Arm Museum was enormous.”
Image and text by Yeovil Express, UK