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Lightning by Michael Rondot.


Lightning by Michael Rondot.

This classic portrayal of 92 squadrons flagship Lightning F2A XN778 King Cobra taking off from a rain-swept RAF Gutersloh in 1977 pays tribute to the legendary fighter,its pilots and the engineers who enjoyed a love/hate relationship with the difficult and technically challenging Lightning.
AMAZING VALUE! - The value of the signatures on this item is in excess of the price of the print itself!
Item Code : MR0060Lightning by Michael Rondot. - This Edition
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PRINT Signed limited edition print.

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Howe, John
Durham, Ed
Williamson, Keith
Seward, Dave
Hopkins, Bruce
Collins, Peter
Topp, Roger
Clarke, Graham
Cloke, Dick
Reed, Alex
+ Artist : Michael Rondot


Signature(s) value alone : £125
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Other editions of this item : Lightning by Michael Rondot MR0060
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Limited edition of 50 artist proofs.
Great value : Value of signatures exceeds price of item!
Paper size 27 inches x 20 inches (69cm x 51cm) Howe, John
Durham, Ed
Williamson, Keith
Seward, Dave
Hopkins, Bruce
Spencer, John
Collins, Peter
Topp, Roger
Clarke, Graham
Cloke, Dick
Reed, Alex
Carrey, Dick
+ Artist : Michael Rondot


Signature(s) value alone : £145
£120.00VIEW EDITION...
PRINTLimited edition of 25 remarques.

SOLD OUT (February 2009)
Paper size 27 inches x 20 inches (69cm x 51cm) Howe, John
Durham, Ed
Williamson, Keith
Seward, Dave
Hopkins, Bruce
Spencer, John
Collins, Peter
Topp, Roger
Clarke, Graham
Cloke, Dick
Reed, Alex
Carrey, Dick
+ Artist : Michael Rondot


Signature(s) value alone : £145
SOLD
OUT
VIEW EDITION...
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Signatures on this item
*The value given for each signature has been calculated by us based on the historical significance and rarity of the signature. Values of many pilot signatures have risen in recent years and will likely continue to rise as they become more and more rare.
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Air Commodore Roger Topp AFC 2 bars
*Signature Value : £15

Commanded Royal Air Force Coltishall. Commandant of the Aircraft & Armament Experimental Establishment, Boscome Down. Commanding Officer and acrobatic team leader of No. 111 Squadron joined the R.A.F. in 1943 and learned to fly in Canada. When he returned, to England in 1944 there was a surplus of powered aircraft pilots so he transferred to the Glider Pilot Regiment. On March 2, 1945, he flew a Horsa glider carrying jeep, guns and troops in the airborne crossing of the Rhine. In 1947 he joined No.98 Squadron, flying Mosquitos in Germany, becoming a flight commander and instrument flying examiner for his Wing. He was awarded the Air Force Cross in 1950. In that year he took the course at the Empire Test Pilots School, and remained at Farnborough on the staff of the Royal Aircraft Establishment. He undertook flying tests of various experimental armament installations, including guided weapons and the new 30 mm. Aden gun, four of which formed the Hunters armament. He was a leading acrobatic demonstration pilot on the Canberra twin-jet bomber, flying before the Emperor of Ethiopia and the Shah of Persia during their visits to Britain. In 1954, with another pilot, Squadron Leader Topp shared the 100 hours intensive flight testing of the Comet jet air liner undertaken from Farnborough. He was awarded a Bar to the A.F.C. in 1955 and a second Bar in January 1958 for work with the acrobatic team.
The signature of Air Vice-Marshal John Howe CB CBE AFC

Air Vice-Marshal John Howe CB CBE AFC
*Signature Value : £10

John Howe flew Spitfires, Mustangs and Vampires With the South African Air Force and F-5lD Mustang fighter bombers in the Korean War before joining the RAF 'to fly Hunters'. He commanded the first RAF Lightning squadron when No.74 Sqn converted from Hunters to Lightnings in 1960, and led the famous No.74 Sqn 'Tigers' nine-ship Lightning aerobatic team. He has flown all the legendary USAF 'century series' fighters, and later commanded the F-4 Phantom OCU and RAF Gutersloh.
The signature of Air Vice-Marshal Peter Collins CB AFC

Air Vice-Marshal Peter Collins CB AFC
*Signature Value : £20

Commanded No 111 Squadron and Royal Air Force Gutersloh. Reformed No 11 Squadron. Served on AFDS and Handling Squadron, Boscombe Down
Group Captain Bruce Hopkins AFC
*Signature Value : £10

Commanded No 23 Squadron and served with the Lightning Conversion Squadron at Middleton St George, the Lightning OCU at RAF Coltishall and AFDS
The signature of Group Captain Dave Seward AFC

Group Captain Dave Seward AFC
*Signature Value : £10

Dave Seward flew RAF Meteors, Canberras and Javelins and USAF F-86, F-102 and F-106 fighters. In 1961, as C.O. of No.56 Sqn he led the 'Firebirds' Lightning aerobatic team and later Commanded the Lightning OCU and Battle of Britain Flight, flying the Lancaster, Hurricane and Spitfire.
Group Captain Dick Cloke AFC
*Signature Value : £10

Served on No 56 Squadron (the Firebirds) and No 111 Squadron
The signature of Group Captain Ed Durham

Group Captain Ed Durham
*Signature Value : £10

After Meteor, Javelin and Hunter tours, Ed Durham flew Lightnings with No.74 23 and 92 Sqns and took part in the first trans-Atlantic Lightning flights. In 1977 he commanded No.92 Sqn, the last Lightning F2A unit in RAF Germany.
Group Captain Graham Clarke
*Signature Value : £10

Served on Nos 11 and 29 Squadrons and the Lightning Training Flight at RAF Binbrook


The signature of Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir Keith Williamson GCB AFC

Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir Keith Williamson GCB AFC
*Signature Value : £15

Sir Keith Alec Williamson was born in Leytonstone and educated at Bancrofts School and went onto Market Harborough Grammar School. Sir Keith Alec Williamson joined the Service as an airman. Following training as an Aircraft Apprentice he was selected for a cadetship at Raf College at Cranwell and commissioned in 1950. He would go on to command No 23 Squadron and Royal Air Force Gutersloh. In 1972 Williamson became Director of Air Staff Plans at the MOD and was appointed Commandant of the RAF Staff College Bracknell in 1975 and in 1977 went on to be Assistant Chief of Staff at SHAPE moving in 1978 to became Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief at Suppoprt Command. In 1980 he was made Commander-in-Chief RAF Strike Command and then served as Chief of the Air Staff. He became Marshall of the Royal Air Force. He served in the RAF from 1944 to 1985.
Wing Commander Alex Reed OBE
*Signature Value : £15

Served on No 92 Squadron and the Lightning OCU at RAF Coltishall Unit Test Pilot 60 MU RAF Leconfield
The Aircraft :
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LightningEnglish Electric (later BAC) Lightning. Originally designed by W F Petter (the designer of the Canberra) The first Lighting Prototype was first flown on the 4th August 1954 by Wing Commander R P Beamont at Boscombe Down. The second prototype P1A, The name of Lightning was not used until 1958) (WG763) was shown at the Farnborough show in September 1955. The Third prototype was flown in April 1957 and was the first British aircraft ever to fly at Mach 2 on the 25th November 1958 The first production aircraft made its first flight on 3rd November 1959 and entered operational service with the RAF on the 29th June 1960with |NO. 74 squadron based at Coltishall. The F1 was followed shortly after by the F1A which had been modified to carry a in-flight refueling probe. The Lightning F2 entered service in December 1962 with no 19 and 92 squadrons. a total of 44 aircraft F2 were built. The F3 came into service between 1964 and 1966 with Fighter Command squadrons, re engined with the Roll's Royce Avon 301 turbojets. The Lightning T Mk 5 was a training version Lightning a total of 22 were built between August 1964 and December 1966. The BAC Lighting F MK 6 was the last variant of the lightning, base don the F3, this was the last single seat fighter and served the |Royal Air Force for 20 years. First Flown on 17th April 1964, and a total of 55 F6 saw service with the Royal Air Force, and the last Lightning F6 was produced in August 1967. A Total of 278 lightning's of all marks were delivered. In 1974 the Phantom aircraft began replacing the aging Lightning's, but 2 F6 remained in service up to 1988 with Strike Command until finally being replaced with Tornado's. Specifications for MK1 to 4: Made by English Electrc Aviation Ltd at Preston and Samlesbury Lancashire, designated P1B, All Weather single seat Fighter. Max Speed: Mach 2.1 (1390 mph) at 36,000 feet Ceiling 55,000 feet Armament: Two 30mm Aden guns and Two Firestreak infra red AAM's. Specificaitons for MK 6: Made by English Electrc Aviation Ltd at Preston Lancashire, designated P1B, All Weather single seat Fighter. Max Speed: Mach 2.27 (1500 mph) at 40,000 feet Ceiling 55,000 feet Range: 800 miles. Armament: Two 30mm Aden guns and Two Firestreak infra red AAM's. or Two Red Top. or two retractable contain 24 spin-stabilized rockets each.
Artist Details : Michael Rondot
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Michael Rondot

Michael Rondot is well known in the military aviation world for his distinctive style of aircraft paintings and prints which have made him one of todays most widely collected aviation artists. During his 25 year career as a pilot in the Royal Air Force he flew over 5000 hours in combat jets, including Jaguar fighter bombers during the Gulf War, bringing a unique authority to his paintings that sets them in a class of their own. His portrayals of classic combat aircraft are much sought-after by both aviators and enthusiasts alike for their realism and powerful atmospheric settings.

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The last purely British fighter aircraft to be used by the Royal Air Force, the Lightning offered a truly massive performance advantage over existing equipment when it was introduced into squadron service in 1960, achieving level flight speed of around, 1400mph. The prototype known as the P1 had flown in 1954 but production aircraft were not available until 1959, a long gestation period but perhaps understandable with such an advanced machine with many untried, new features. The painting shows an F1A of 111 squadron taking off from its base at Wattisham. The remarque drawing shows an aircraft of 56 squadron Firebirds in 1963 when they were the official RAF aerobatics team for that year. 337 Lightnings were produced, serving with nine squadrons of the Royal Air Force before being supersede by the Phantom and Tornado.
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