Squadron Farewell

Michael Rondot

 

 

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Squadron Farewell Michael Rondot

A multi-signed farewell tribute to a famous fighter squadron, No.54 (Fighter) Squadron the RAF's highest-scoring Battle of Britain squadron and the first operational RAF Sepecat Jaguar squadron.

A famous fighter squadron with a glorious history, No.54(F) Squadron began its distinguished career in the fierce fighting on the Western Front during World War One. In 1940, flying Spitfires, it was the highest-scoring RAF fighter squadron in the Battle of Britain and went on to become one of the few squadrons to fly Spitfires operationally during the whole of World War Two.

Always a front-line squadron, No.54(F) Squadron flew Tempests, Vampires, Meteors and Hunters before graduating from F-4 Phantoms to Jaguars in 1974. Led by Wing Commander Terry Carlton, it became the first RAF Jaguar Squadron at Coltishall, so continuing its tradition of flying only fighter/ground attack aircraft during its distinguished history.

Michael Rondot's wonderfully evocative print portrays three Jaguars breaking to land at Coltishall after the squadron's final mission. Led by their flagship with its specially painted fin, these Jaguars may be the last RAF aircraft to proudly wear 54's distinctive blue and gold colours after disbandment in 2005.

 

PRINT DETAILS

THE SIGNED AND NUMBERED EDITION

The Signed and Numbered edition is signed and numbered by the Artist Michael Rondot and countersigned by the following 54 Squadron pilots.

Wing Commander Neil Connell OBE
Officer Commanding 54(F) Sqn 2003-2005

Air Vice-Marshal Sir Roger Austin KCB AFC
Officer Commanding 54(F) Sqn Hawker Hunter 1968-1969

Air Commodore Terry Carlton
Officer Commanding 54(F) Sqn Sepecat Jaguar 1974-1976

THE ARTIST PROOF AND REMARQUE EDITION

The Artist Proof and Remarque editions are additionally signed by the following 54 Squadron pilots.

Air Commodore Ricky Wright CBE DFC DFM
605 Sqn Battle of Britain,
Officer Commanding 54(F) Sqn Vampire 1948-1949

Flight Lieutenant Ron Smyth DFC AE
111 Sqn and 249 Sqn Battle of Britain

Wing Commander Bob Foster DFC AE
605 Sqn Battle of Britain, 54(F) Sqn Spitfire 1942-1944


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 £75.00 Edition Size - 375

Artist Proof Edition
UK £120.00 Edition Size - 50

Remarque Edition
UK £235.00 Edition Size - 25

 

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