Handley Page Victor played a significant role in the Falklands
conflict of 1982 and in the Gulf War of 1991.The final flight
by an RAF Victor was made in November 1993 when XH672 'Maid
Marian' flew from its RAF Marham base destined for the RAF
Museum at Cosford.
three decades of front-line Squadron service with the Royal
Air Force, two wars, and over 40 years since their conception,
thc last of the V-bombers has retired. The Handley Page Victor
played a significant role in the Falklands conflict of 1982
and in the Gulf War of 1991. The final flight by an RAF Victor
was made in November 1993 when XH672 'Maid Marian' flew from
its RAF Marham base destined for the RAF Museum at Cosford,
thus drawing to a close the distinguished career of the Cold
War big bomber.
are pleased to introduce a print from Michael Rondot's latest
painting in his CLASSIC COMBAT AIRCRAFT series featuring this
famous aircraft. During 2500 hours of Jaguar flying, Michael
Rondot spent many hours plugged into Victor tankers en-route
to pleasant destinations such as Bermuda and the USA, and
unpleasant ones such as downtown Kuwait and Iraq. He developed
a respect and admiration for the Victor and its air-crews
that can only come from being alone in a thunderstorm, short
of fuel and navigation aids, with only a Victor between the
pilot and an icy North Atlantic bath.
Once again, he displays his unique talent as an aviation artist
with a quite beautiful composition that is charged with the
power and atmosphere so characteristic of his paintings. A
magnificent background of thunderclouds and the hues of an
evening sky form the setting for his superbly accurate portrayal
of the last Victor, XH672, landing on a rain-soaked runway.
The aircraft and its massive braking parachute are bathed
in brilliant sunlight in this superb painting which pays tribute
to an outstanding combat aircraft.
size: 28 x 20ins approx
- see below