Rock and Roll

Michael Rondot

 

 

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Rock and Roll Michael Rondot

You don't have to be an aviator to know that low flying in mountain valleys is fun. Anyone who has ever seen high performance jets rolling and pulling through mountain passes will have correctly guessed that it is challenging, and exciting adrenaline-pumping stuff. Artist Michael Rondot served as a fast-jet pilot in the RAF for 25 years and remembers his introduction to low flying in North Wales.

"My first encounter with the A5 pass at Ogwen came in 1969 when I was a student pilot flying the Folland Gnat trainer from RAF Valley.My instructor, a chap called Norrie Bell, took control of the aircraft towards the end of a training sortie and said "Shut up and watch, want to show you something."We descended through a break in the cloud cover to low level, very low level, closer to the ground than I had ever been except when landing and accelerated to 420 knots.

This was my first experience of low flying in the Folland Gnat and I sat mesmerised in the front cockpit with eyes like saucers as the ground rushed past. Trees, water, stone walls and roads flashed by as we continued to accelerate to 480 knots at very low level. Suddenly we were in a deep U-shaped valley with a cloud-covered rock wall at the far end and, as far as I could see, no means of escape except by climbing, and climbing very, very soon, like now! Next thing, I saw the ground rotate and we were in a hard 5G turn pulling down into the valley floor with about 135 degrees of right bank and descending below the level of the road which I could see above my head. We raced out of the valley, still in the weeds until reaching Bethesda village when with a long sigh he handed over control to me and announced: "That, young Michael, was the A5 pass".

I never forgot that experience and during the next 23 years I took every opportunity to revisit the A5 pass in whatever aircraft I happened to be flying. In 1977 I flew it in a Canberra PR9 on a windy day in poor weather but would not care to repeat that frightening experience. I flew it many times in BAe Hawk and Sepecat Jaguar aircraft. For me it has a mystique unlike any other place in the UK low flying system. The best students at RAF Valley got the chance to fly the A5 pass in "fighting wing" formation just like these two in my painting, but I dare say the instructors in the back seats are doing the flying"

 

PRINT DETAILS

The entire edition of Rock and Roll is signed and numbered by the Artist Michael Rondot.

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 - 558

Artist Proof Edition
UK £135.00 Edition Size - 50

Remarque Edition
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