II by Michael Rondot
beneath an overcast of grey, threatening cloud, two Tornado
GRlAs break formation as the lead aircraft turns and accelerates
towards a narrow gap in the cloud covered hills. The aircraft
are flying a low-level tactical reconnaissance mission, aiming
to locate, identify and film a camouflaged target using their
sophisticated on-board video recording sensors.
As night falls and low cloud envelops them, they have the
capability, unmatched by any other recce aircraft in the world,
to fly their mission in darkness, at very low-level, and still
locate and record their target.
the Gulf War, Recce Tornados were tasked to fly deep-penetration
low-level missions at night into Iraq and the Kuwait Theatre
of Operations, searching out troop concentrations, armour,
and mobile SCUD missile launchers. Their missions were dangerous
and lonely work, flying alone and without fighter escort,
often into the most heavily defended areas of Iraq and Kuwait.
None were lost on these missions, but the dangers they faced,
and the professionalism displayed by the aircrews from No.
II (AC) Sqn, and No. 13 Sqn, were recognised in the Gulf War
Honours List by several awards for bravery in the air, including
the DSO and DFC.
regarded as one of the finest strike and attack aircraft in
NATO, the Recce Tornado dispenses with conventional cameras
altogether, and instead, features infrared linescan and side-looking
thermal imagers mounted inside the forward fuselage gun bays.
These high-resolution sensors enable Tornado to identify pinpoint
targets from tree-top height, by day or by night, even in
the most appalling weather conditions.
TWO' is published in a single limited edition on finest quality
art stock and each copy is signed and numbered by the artist
before being stamped with the Collectair seal. Michael Rondot,
a Jaguar pilot in the RAF, brings to his paintings an understanding
that can only come from having flown combat missions in a
modern combat aircraft. The accuracy and authority of his
paintings are impeccable, and his distinctive style has made
him one of Britain's most sought-after aviation artists.
from a single limited edition of 650, numbered and stamped
with the Collectair seal and individually signed by Michael
Rondot. A numbered and signed certificate is issued with every
print to guarantee the total edition size and authenticity.
by Michael Rondot
size: 25 x 19ins approx
- see below