Wessex Over South Armagh

Michael Rondot

 

 

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Wessex Over South Armagh Michael Rondot

For 33 years, the Westland Wessex has been at the centre of RAF operations in Northern Ireland. As a reliable workhorse the Wessex has no equal, but after 31 March 2002 the "Mighty Wessex" will be retired from front-line operations. No.72 Squadron received its first Wessex in 1964 at RAF Odiham and deployed to Northern Ireland on 15 August 1969 when Air Marshal Sir Tim Jenner (then a junior pilot) landed the first Wessex at the start of the current Troubles. Since then, the Wessex has been employed on all major security operations as well as day-to-day troop carrying and re-supply tasks. It enjoys a unique reputation as a tough and reliable foundry-built aircraft and will be sorely missed by the aircrew who regard it as an indestructible evergreen.

To commemorate the retirement of the Mighty Westland Wessex, Michael Rondot has painted in his Classic Combat Aircraft series a striking image of a pair of gun-armed Wessex over the scene of an incident in the border area of South Armagh "Bandit Country".

 

PRINT DETAILS

Every edition of Wessex Over South Armagh is signed by the Artist Michael Rondot also, distinguished Wessex pilot and President of the 72 Squadron Association.

Air Chief Marshal Sir JOHN DAY KCB OBE ADC

John Day was a student pilot at RAF Syerston in 1968 two courses behind the artist and since then he has raced up the RAF promotion ladder. He began his flying career on Wessex helicopters in 1969,joining No 72 Squadron at RAF Odiham. Then, after 2 tours as a flying instructor he returned to the Westland Wessex with No 18 Squadron at RAF Gutersloh. He commanded No 72 Squadron at RAF Aldergrove in 1983 and was Air Officer Commanding No 1 Group, during which time he flew all of the helicopter types in RAF service and most of the fast jet types, including qualifying as a Jaguar single-seat pilot. In 2001 he was appointed Commander-in-Chief Strike Command and continues to fly regularly in many types of fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters, retaining a special affection for the Westland Wessex


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.

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UK £75.00 Edition Size - 500

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