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|Group Captain Ken Hubbard, OBE DFC AFC (deceased)|
*Signature Value : £15
|On 15 May 1957 Valiant XD818 captained by Wg Cdr Ken Hubbard, OC No 49 Sqn, dropped Britain's first H-bomb at Christmas Island in the South Pacific. Awarded the DFC during WWII whilst flying Wellington bombers in Italy with No 70 Sqn, he later flew Liberators and commanded No 104 Sqn with Lancasters. He commanded RAF Scampton during the height of the V-Force build-up with the Blue Steel equipped Vulcan B2s and has flown numerous types including the Victor and Vulcan. He died 21st January 2004.|
Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir Michael Beetham GCB CBE DFC AFC FRAeS
*Signature Value : £25
|Michael Beetham volunteered for the RAFVR in May 1941. After pilot training he was commissioned, and in November 1943 posted to 50 Squadron flying Lancasters at Skellingthorpe. At this time the bomber offensive was at its height, culminating in the Battle of Berlin. Sir Michael and his crew made ten trips to Berlin, lost an engine over Augsburg and took heavy damage during an attack on Leipzig. After completing his first tour and a period of instructing, Sir Michael started his second tour with 57 Squadron at East Kirby, taking part in Operation Exodus, bringing home Prisoners of War from Germany. After a distinguished post war career, Sir Michael received the RAFs top job, Chief of the Air Staff, where he was deeply involved in the Falklands War.|
Sir George Edwards OM CBE FRS (deceased)
*Signature Value : £30
|George Edwards joined Vickers in 1935 working with Barnes Wallace on the Wellington and Warwick before becoming Chief Designer in 1945. At Vickers, he led the design team for the Valiant, Viscount and VC-10 and later, as Chairman, British Aircraft Corporation, he led the BAC-111, TSR2 and Concorde projects. A keen aviator since 1948, he learnt to fly in a Tiger Moth to better communicate with his company test pilots and flew in all his subsequent designs, culminating with a Mach:2 flight in Concorde with Brian Trubshaw in 1971. He is one of the most esteemed and successful industrial leaders and engineers in aviation history with numerous honours and awards to mark his many achievements. He died 2nd March 2003.|
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|Artist Details : Michael Rondot|
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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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