Canberra PR9 The Black Hole

Michael Rondot





Canberra PR9 The Black Hole Michael Rondot

Canberra PR9 - The Black Hole. The navigator strapped into his ejection seat in the nose compartment of a PR9 had no direct external visibility, only a periscopic Recce sight and two eyebrow windows. For survey work the downward looking Recce sight was superb but at low-level the view was severely restricted and the ride was uncomfortable; some navigators called it “The Black Hole”. Every PR9 pilot had the greatest respect and sympathy for his "front-seater" who endured many uncomfortable hours in the black hole on low level tactical reconnaissance sorties.

The PR9 was the ultimate high-performance big-wing RAF Canberra variant. It was powered by two Rolls Royce Avon 206 turbojets which gave it exceptional performance at extreme altitude and sparkling handling at low level. Michael Rondot flew Canberra PR9 aircraft in the low level tactical role as well as in the ultra-high level strategic reconnaissance role during four years with Number 39 Squadron at RAF Wyton. His intimate knowledge of the aircraft and its performance are evident in this fine study of a PR9 on a low level tactical reconnaissance sortie. Underrated for many years as a strategic recce asset, the Canberra PR9 was to prove itself at the end of its career in the skies over Afghanistan where its suite of high resolution cameras and electro-optical sensors were unrivalled. This fine tribute to the popular Canberra PR9 is available now in an exclusive giclée edition.


The edition is limited to 100 signed and numbered copies, with Artist's Proofs and Remarque prints within the edition, and 10 canvas prints. For something really special and personal, a remarque pencil drawing of a PR9 and any squadron badges with service dates can be added to your print. Please enter any special requests when ordering or contact us to discuss your requirements.


Signed and numbered: £75.00

Artist's Proof with a squadron badge drawing on the print border: £120.00

Remarque copies have a detailed drawing of a Canberra PR9 with a squadron badge added to the print border: £235.00

Double remarque copies have two detailed drawings with squadron badges added to the print border: £300.00

Canvas prints are mounted on stretchers ready to drop into a frame. The image size is 30 x 20 inches: £300.00. For overseas orders, unframed canvas prints are shipped worldwide rolled in a large heavy-duty tube ready for stretching and framing at your local frame shop.

Canvas prints are produced on fine canvas under the direct supervision of the artist and then mounted on high quality stretchers to replicate the look and feel of the original oil painting. Each of these carefully crafted giclées is signed and numbered by the artist and pre-stretched ready to drop into a frame of your choice. Giclée Canvas Prints are individually produced to order. As a result, our normal delivery service does not apply. We will contact you as soon as your order is ready to despatch. Please note: there will be an additional charge when sending the stretched canvas, this is due to the extra packaging costs and insurance incurred when sending the large, fragile and valuable canvas by items by courier. Please contact us for further details.

Overall Print Size 67 cm x 50 cm Printed in lightfast inks on acid free archival paper. Canvas Print Edition 30 x 20 Inches


Signed and Numbered Print
UK £75.00 Edition Size - 100 (artist proofs and remarques Included within the edition)

Artist Proof Edition
UK £120.00 Edition Size - 100 (artist proofs and remarques Included within the edition)

Single Remarque Edition
UK £235.00 (Please Contact Us)

Double Remarque Edition
UK £300.00 (Please Contact Us)

Canvas Print Edition
UK £300.00 (Please Contact Us)


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