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Operation Telic by Michael Rondot

Royal Air Force Tornado GR4s in action over Baghdad during Operation TELIC

Operation Telic by Michael Rondot


During 2003 RAF Tornado GR4s from RAF Marham and Lossiemouth Wings deployed to the Gulf region as part of Operation TELIC (the UK codename for Operation IRAQI FREEDOM).
As the deadline for war in Iraq approached, the detachments al Ali al Salem AB, Kuwait, and Al Udeld AB, Qatar, prepared for action 12 years after the end of the first Gulf War in 1991.
This time however, the RAF was much better prepared, with new weapons systems and tactics developed after long years of operational combat experience on Operation SOUTHERN WATCH over Iraq and in the skies over the Balkans. Operation TELIC was a high tech war for the Tornado GR4 uing long range reconnaissance systems and medium altitude attacks. It was exclusively a precison guided weapons conflct in which the ornad GR4 Force, its aircrews, groundcrews and support teams performed with distiction.

This striking new painting by artist Michael Rondot depicts a pair of Tornado GR4s on station over the Baghdad killbox. The aircraft are powerfully set against the ominous background of central Baghdad sprawling beneath the dark smoke of oil fires deliberately lit in an effort to mask the city from airborne targeting pods. Many RAF aircraft received colourful nose art during th conflict and these Tornados were no exception; ZA542 'DM' and ZA560 ' BC' became 'Danger Mouse' and 'Brave Coq', and both carried tribtes to favourite Scottish Whiskies alongside their mission markings

 

With their paint finsh battered and weather beaten by the scars of battle, the aircraft are portrayed in the typical interdiction/Close Air Support fit, armed with Paveway II GPS/laser guided bombs, TIALD pod and RBL-755 cluster bomb to represent all Tornado GR4 Op TELIC operations.

Published in a Limited Edtion of only 375 copies, each OPERATION TELIC print is issued with a certificate of authentication to guarantee the edition size and is individually signed by FOUR distinguished Operation TELIC Commanders.



THE SIGNATORIES


Air Chief Marshall
SIR BRIAN BURRIDGE


Air Marshall
GLENN TORPY

Group Captain
PADDY TEAKLE

Group Captain
MARK ROBERTS



Operation Telic by Michael Rondot

Print size: 27 x 20ins approx

Primary Edition size: 350 Price: SOLD OUT
Artist Proof Edition size: 50 Price: 120.00
Remarque Edition size: 25 Price: 235.00
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