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Lightning Legend
by Michael Rondot


226 OCU / 145 Sqn RAF Coltishall
EE Lightning T5 'XS420' 226 OCU / 145 Sqn RAF Coltishall,
taking off in full reheat for a max performance rotation and climb.

Lightning Legend by Michael Rondot

No other jet fighter has been sorely missed since the Lightning retired from RAF service
and the Counter Aviation Authority (CAA) set about keeping surviving examples grounded.However, not all fighters die, and some Lightning's did not fade away either.

They lived on because there were people willing to spend time and fortunes lavishing
TLC on them until 1999, against all odds and officialdom, Lightnings are back in the sky.
The return of the Lightning is celebrated in Michael Rondot's brilliant new portrayal of a Lightning T5 in the markings of 226 OCU/145 Squadron taking off in full re-heat for a maximum rotation climbout. This outrageous, extravagant display of scorching performance is just one of the heady delights of the gloriously overpowered Lightning. It is an aircraft of which legends are made. Stories abound this special aircraft and the Pilots who flew it but none were more deserving of legendary status than the test Pilots who first flew the Lighting. Collectors of aviation art will immediately recognise the significance of the three signatures on this limited edition print:

THE SIGNATORIES

Roland Beamont CBE DSO DFC FRAeS
(EE Chief Test Pilot).

'Bee' Beamont flew Hurricanes in the Battle of Britain and went on the command 609 Typhoon Sqn and the first Tempest wing, ending the war with 10 victories and accounting for 32 V-1 flying bombs.
After the war he became one of the best-known British Test Pilots, first flying the Lighting, Canberra and TSR 2 and was Panavia Tornado Director of Flight Ops.

Jimmy Dell OBE
(EE Chief Test Pilot).

Jimmy Dell joined the RAF in 1942 and after the war flew F-86Es
and the first radar equipped F-86D with the USAF.
He was the first RAF Lightning Project Test Pilot and later became Chief Test Pilot
at English Electric/BAC test flying Lightning, TSR 2 and Jaguar.

Johnny Squier
(EE Chief Production Test Pilot).

Johnny Squire flew Spitfires in the Battle of Britain and flew
many aircraft types before joining English Electric as a Test Pilot.
He was the second Pilot to fly the Canberra prototype
and became Lighting Chief Production Test Pilot.
Following a structural failure at Mach 1.7 over the Irish Sea, he ejected
from XL628, the prototype T4, famously surviving 28 hours at sea.

Gleaming like polished silver, the Lightning left an indelible mark
on those who flew it, were associated with or simply loved it.
LIGHTNING LEGEND is a collector's gem to keep those memories alive.
Taken from a single limited edition of 650, numbered and stamped with the
Collectair sealand individually signed by Michael Rondot.
A numbered and signed certificate is issued with every
print to guarantee the total edition size and authenticity.

Lightning Legend by Michael Rondot

Print size: 27 x 20ins approx

Primary Edition size: 650 Price: £75.00
Artist Proof Edition size: 65 Price: £120.00
Remarque Edition size: Price: £235.00
PRINT TERMINOLOGY - see below

 


All major credit cards are accepted with delivery taking usually
5-7 days for Europe and 7-10 days for the rest of the World.

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