Lighting by Michael Rondot

Lighting by Michael Rondot

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A 50th Anniversary tribute to the English Electric Lightning from one of the UK's favourite aviation artists.

Size: 27x20 ins 695x500mm

From the first flight of the prototype P.I on 4 August 1954 to the final flight of a Lightning in RAF service in 1988, the English Electric Lightning earned a unique reputation in the glamorous world of single-seat fighters. Everything about the aircraft shouted for attention, from the wild colour schemes of the 1960s to the breathtaking rotation take-offs and gloriously noisy, thunderous airshow routines that were just a small part of its flamboyant character. For those pilots lucky enough, and then good enough to fly it, here was a truly supersonic fighter with an integrated radar/weapons system and twice the performance of the legendary Hawker Hunter. It was outrageously overpowered, always short of fuel, intimidating to master and exhilarating to fly; small wonder then that it became an instant favourite with everyone who ever flew, serviced or supported the Lightning.

This classic portrayal of 92 Squadron's flagship Lightning F2A XN778 "King Cobra" taking off from a rain-swept RAF Gutersloh in 1977 pays tribute to the legendary fighter, its pilots and the engineers who enjoyed a love/ hate relationship with the difficult and technically challenging Lightning. Published in a limited edition of only 375 copies, each LIGHTNING print is issued with a certificate of authentication to guarantee the edition size and is individually signed by TEN distinguished Lightning pilots and Commanders.

The Signatures

  • Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir KEITH WILLIAMSON gcbafc
  • Air Vice-Marshal JOHN HOWE cb cbeafc
  • Air Vice-Marshal PETER COLLINS CBAFC
  • Air Commodore ROGER TOPPAFC"
  • Group Captain DAVE SEWARDAFC
  • Group Captain ED DURHAM
  • Group Captain BRUCE HOPKINSAFC
  • Group Captain GRAHAM CLARKE
  • Group Captain DICK CLOKEAFC
  • Wing Commander ALEX REED obe

ARTISTS PROOFS AND REMARQUES

The 50 artist's proofs and 25 remarque prints each have additional Lightning pilot and Commander signatures to further enhance the value of this classic Michael Rondot collector's print.

A typical remarque by Michael Rondot

The Editions

  • 300 signed & numbered: 75 SOLD OUT!
  • 50 artist's proofs: 120 SOLD OUT!
  • 25 Remarques: 235 SOLD OUT!

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