Hornet The Hunter

Michael Rondot

 

 

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Hornet The Thunder Michael Rondot

Ask any RAF Jaguar pilot from the Gulf War what modifications he would have liked to improve the combat effectiveness of his aircraft, and the answer is invariably the same - 'Twin fins, bubble canopy, big engines, a powerful multi-mode radar and face-shooting missiles.' In other words, 'I'd rather be flying an F-18 Hornet.' Of all the single-seat combat aircraft in service today, the F-18 Hornet is universally regarded by those in the know as the most versatile and effective aircraft around. Capable of both ground-attack and day/night all-weather air-to-air missions, the hornet has earned a justifiable reputation as the most sought-after cockpit in the single-seat business.

During the months before the outbreak of hostilities in the Gulf War, Hornets flew round-the-clock Combat Air Patrols to provide top cover for Allied fleets. They played a dangerous game of cat and mouse with Iraqi aircraft probing their defences before turning away, but when the war started it was a different game and in deadly earnest. US Navy and Marine Corps F-18s were among the first Allied aircraft to cross the Iraqi border and they remained in the thick of the fighting throughout the air campaign. In addition to flying escort and sweep missions in support of strike aircraft to and from targets deep within Iraq, the F-18 Hornet also flew bombing and defence suppression missions and participated in raids on Baghdad. They flew more than 10,000 sorties and 25,000 flight hours during Operation Desert Storm, and shot down two Iraqi MiG 21s to add to the proud McDonnell boast that every enemy fighter shot down in combat was downed by one of their aircraft.

Hornet the Hunter, is the sixth print in Michael Rondot's authoritative series of Gulf War paintings. Set against a deep blue sky receding into the pink heat haze of the desert, a pair of Canadian Armed Forces CF-18s head for the danger zone on a Combat Air Patrol mission. The aircraft are loaded for action with a full warload of AIM-7 Sparrow and AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles, in addition to their 20mm M61 cannon.

 

PRINT DETAILS

Each copy of Michael Rondot's Limited Edition, Hornet The Hunter, is signed and numbered by the Artist and by 14 F-18 Hornet pilots who took part in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.

Each print is accompanied with a matching numbered certificate of authenticity.

Overall Print Size 28"x 20" (inches) Printed in lightfast inks on acid free archival paper.

PRINT PRICES

Signed and Numbered Print
UK £110.00 Edition Size - 500

Artist Proof Edition
UK £165.00 Edition Size - 50

Remarque Edition
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