Eagle on the Break

Mark Postlethwaite

 

 

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Eagle on the Break Mark Postlethwaite

208 Squadron, BAE Systems Hawks over RAF Valley, Wales.

This Painting was commissioned by the Officers of 208 Squadron, RAF Valley. The painting depicts their BAE Systems Hawks, low over RAF Valley. During the research for this painting the artist flew in a Hawk on a tail chase sortie.

In 1964 the Royal Air Force specified a requirement for a new initial jet trainer to replace the Folland Gnat. The SEPECAT Jaguar was originally intended for this role, but it was soon realised that it would be too complex an aircraft for initial jet training. Accordingly, in 1968 Hawker Siddeley began the design of a much simpler strictly subsonic trainer, the HS.1182. It was to have tandem seating and would be capable of carrying armaments, which would enable it to be used as a weapons trainer and in light combat roles.

Renamed "Hawk" in 1973, the aircraft first flew in 1974. It entered RAF service in April 1976, replacing the Gnat and Hawker Hunter in the advanced training and weapons training roles respectively. The following year Hawker Siddeley merged with other British aircraft companies to form the nationalised British Aerospace (BAe), which subsequently became BAE Systems upon merger with Marconi Electronic Systems in 1999.

The most famous RAF operator of the Hawk is the Red Arrows aerobatic team, which adopted the plane in 1979. The Hawk has excellent manoeuvrability, and while it is not capable of supersonic speed in level flight, it can attain Mach 1.2 in a dive, allowing trainees to experience transonic handling without the cost of a supersonic trainer.

 

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Overall Print Size 17" x 13" (inches) Printed in lightfast inks on acid free archival paper.

 
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