Size: 27" x 20" Edition: 250 Subject: Jaguars of 54 (F) Squadron. Normal Retail Price: £75.00
A multi-signed farewell tribute to a famous fighter squadron, No.54 (Fighter) Squadron. The RAF's highest-scoring Battle of Britain squadron and the first operational RAF Jaguar squadron.
A famous fighter squadron with a glorious history, No.54(F) Squadron began its distinguished career in the fierce fighting on the Western Front during World War I. In 1940, flying Spitfires, it was the highest-scoring RAF fighter squadron in the Battle of Britain and went on to become one of the few squadrons to fly Spitfires operationally during the whole of World War II.
Always a front-line squadron, No.54(F) Squadron flew Tempests, Vampires, Meteors and Hunters before graduating from F-4 Phantoms to Jaguars in 1974. Commanded by Wing Commander Terry Carlton, it became the first RAF Jaguar Squadron at Coltishall, so continuing its tradition of flying only fighter/ground attack aircraft during its distinguished history.
Michael Rondot's wonderfully evocative print portrays three Jaguars breaking to land at Coltishall after the squadron's final mission. Led by their flagship with its specially painted fin, these Jaguars may be the last RAF aircraft to proudly wear 54's distinctive blue and gold colours after disbandment in 2005.
Each print in Michael Rondot’s Limited Edition, 54(F) Squadron Farewell is signed by: Wing Commander Neil Connell OBE Officer Commanding 54(F) Sqn 2003-2005 Air Vice-Marshal Sir Roger Austin KCBAFC Officer Commanding 54(F) Sqn Hawker Hunter 1968-1969 Air Commodore Terry Carlton Officer Commanding 54(F) Sqn Jaguar 1974-1976.