Operation Telic

Michael Rondot

 

 

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Operation Telic Michael Rondot

During 2003 the RAF Tornado GR4 from RAF Marham and Lossiemouth Wings deployed to the Gulf region as part of Operation Telic (the UK codename for Operation Iraqi Freedom).

As the deadline for war in Iraq approached, the detachments al Ali al Salem AB, Kuwait, and Al Udeld AB, Qatar, prepared for action 12 years after the end of the first Gulf War in 1991. This time however, the RAF was much better prepared, with new weapons systems and tactics developed after long years of operational combat experience on Operation Southern Watch over Iraq and in the skies over the Balkans. Operation Telic was a high tech war for the Tornado GR4 using long range reconnaissance systems and medium altitude attacks. It was exclusively a precision guided weapons conflict in which the Tornado GR4 Force, its aircrews, groundcrews and support teams performed with distinction.

This striking new painting by artist Michael Rondot depicts a pair of Tornado GR4s on station over the Baghdad killbox. The aircraft are powerfully set against the ominous background of central Baghdad sprawling beneath the dark smoke of oil fires deliberately lit in an effort to mask the city from airborne targeting pods. Many RAF aircraft received colourful nose art during the conflict and these Tornados were no exception; ZA542 'DM' and ZA560 ' BC' became 'Danger Mouse' and 'Brave Coq', and both carried tributes to favourite Scottish Whiskies alongside their mission markings

With their paint finish battered and weather beaten by the scars of battle, the aircraft are portrayed in the typical interdiction / Close Air Support fit, armed with Paveway II GPS/laser guided bombs, TIALD pod and RBL-755 cluster bomb to represent all Tornado GR4 Op TELIC operations.

 

PRINT DETAILS

The entire edition is signed and numbered by the Artist Michael Rondot and countersigned by the following distinguished pilots.

Group Captain Paddy Teakle DSO OBE
Air Chief Marshal Sir Brian Burridge KCB CBE ADC
Air Marshal Glenn Torpy CBE DSO
Group Captain Mark Roberts MBE
Group Captain Bob McAlpine DFC ADC

Artist's Proofs, Publisher Proofs and Remarques signed by:

Squadron Leader Simon Hadley
Squadron Leader Simon Tickle
Squadron Leader Andy Challen
Flight Lieutenant Robbie Lowe
Flight Lieutenant Dave Arthurton


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

Publisher Proof Edition
UK £165.00 Edition Size - 50

Artist Proof Edition
UK £135.00 Edition Size - 50

Remarque Edition
UK £250.00 Edition Size - 25

 

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