Lightning Legend

Michael Rondot

 

 

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Lightning Legend Michael Rondot

No other jet fighter has been sorely missed since the English Electric Lightning retired from RAF service and the Counter Aviation Authority (CAA) set about keeping surviving examples grounded. However, not all fighters die, and some Lightning's did not fade away either.

They lived on because there were people willing to spend time and fortunes lavishing TLC on them until 1999, against all odds and officialdom, Lightnings are back in the sky. The return of the Lightning is celebrated in Michael Rondot's brilliant new portrayal of an English Electric Lightning T5 in the markings of 226 OCU/145 Squadron taking off in full re-heat for a maximum rotation climbout. This outrageous, extravagant display of scorching performance is just one of the heady delights of the gloriously overpowered Lightning. It is an aircraft of which legends are made. Stories abound this special aircraft and the RAF Pilots who flew it but none were more deserving of legendary status than the test Pilots who first flew the English Electric Lighting. Collectors of aviation art will immediately recognise the significance of the three signatures on this limited edition print.

 

PRINT DETAILS

The entire edition is signed and numbered by the artist Michael Rondot and additionally signed by Three distinguished English Electric Lightning Test Pilots.

Roland Beamont CBE DSO DFC FRAeS
(EE Chief Test Pilot).

'Bee' Beamont flew Hurricanes in the Battle of Britain and went on the command 609 Typhoon Sqn and the first Tempest wing, ending the war with 10 victories and accounting for 32 V-1 flying bombs. After the war he became one of the best-known British Test Pilots, first flying the Lighting, Canberra and TSR 2 and was Panavia Tornado Director of Flight Ops

Jimmy Dell OBE
(EE Chief Test Pilot).

Jimmy Dell joined the RAF in 1942 and after the war flew F-86Es
and the first radar equipped F-86D with the USAF. He was the first RAF Lightning Project Test Pilot and later became Chief Test Pilot at English Electric/BAC test flying Lightning, TSR 2 and Jaguar.

Johnny Squier
(EE Chief Production Test Pilot).

Johnny Squire flew RAF Spitfires in the Battle of Britain and flew many aircraft types before joining English Electric as a Test Pilot. He was the second Pilot to fly the Canberra prototype and became Lighting Chief Production Test Pilot. Following a structural failure at Mach 1.7 over the Irish Sea, he ejected from XL628, the prototype T4, famously surviving 28 hours at sea.


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

Overall Print Size 27"x 20" (inches) Printed in lightfast inks on acid free archival paper.

PRINT PRICES

Signed and Numbered Print
UK £90.00 Edition Size - 650

Artist Proof Edition
UK £135.00 Edition Size - 65

Remarque Edition
UK £250.00 (Please Call)

 

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Helpful information regarding our Limited Edition Prints

Limited edition print:

An edition of identical prints, numbered sequentially and individually signed by the artist, having a stated limit to the quantity in the edition. Following publication the printing plates are destroyed. Almost all the aviation art and aircraft prints featured on this website are authenticated with the original signatures of distinguished military personnel.

Artists Proof:

An old tradition of reserving a quantity of prints for the artist's use, usually equal to about 10 % of the edition. In the early days of printing, these prints were the only remuneration the poor artist received. Proofs are signed by the artist and numbered showing the quantity of Artist's Proofs issued in the edition. Because of their highly restricted number, Artist's Proofs are sold at a higher value than the regular prints in the edition.

Publishers Proof:

A quantity of prints, not always announced or issued at the time of publication, usually equal to no more than 10% of the edition. These are reserved for the publisher's use, mostly for donation to Museums, Service establishments, Service Associations, and the like. Quantities of Publishers Proofs, sometimes issued with a supplementary print, may be made available to collectors either at the time of publication, or at a later date, depending upon availability.

Remarqued print:

A print issued with an original pencil drawing by the artist in the margin, each numbered out of the quantity of individually remarqued prints in the edition. The quantity of remarqued prints in any one edition generally is between 25 and 50. Each remarque drawing made by the artist is slightly different, thus making each print totally unique. Remarqued prints may be available at the time of publication, or announced at a later date, depending upon the artist's work load at the time .Please be aware that Remarque prints can take up to six weeks for delivery. An artist remarqued print is the ultimate collector item in terms of reproduced work.

Companion print:

An additional print, usually issued with smaller dimensions, published to compliment a limited edition, and usually issued at the same time.

Matted (or mounted) print:

A print fitted into an acid-free or conservation matt (or mount), ready for framing.

Original drawing:

An original work individually drawn by the artist, completed in pencil, ink, or other medium, and personally signed by the artist. Being an original work each drawing is unique and different.

Certificate of Authenticity:

A certificate issued by the publisher stating the total quantity of prints issued in the edition, confirming authenticity of the signatures, and in the case of a limited edition, inscribed with the matching unique number inscribed on the individual print. Collectors are advised to keep certificates safely as a future means of provenance. All our aviation art and aircraft prints are issued with a certificate of authenticity.

 

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