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Gauntlet by Michael Rondot (AP)- Airforce-Art
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Gauntlet by Michael Rondot (AP)

Gauntlet by Michael Rondot (AP)

No other jet fighter quite captures the imagination in the same way as the Harrier. To witness it in action for the first time is an experience few can easily come to terms with. A fighter flying at 500 knots and very low is fairly commonplace; but when that same aircraft suddenly decelerates to a standstill and starts flying backwards, hovering like a helicopter before landing vertically on a tiny patch of ground, it takes on a different perspective. Only the Harrier can do this, and in its updated redesigned form, it is continuing to prove its worth as the worlds finest V/STOL close air support fighter. Although capable of VTOL (Vertical Take Off and Landing) performance, the Harrier usually operates in the STOVL mode (Short Take Off and Vertical Landing) allowing it to haul a hefty warload from confined spaces without the need for conventional hard runways. The Harrier is a proven combat aircraft with distinguished service in the Falklands Campaign and the Gulf War. Harrier IIs from the United States Marine Corps flew hundreds of close air support and interdiction missions during Operation Desert Storm from forward airstrips close to the Saudi/Kuwait border which could not be used by other, conventional attack aircraft. Gauntlet portrays a bomb-laden Harrier from the RAF Strike Attack Operational Evaluation Unit in STO-motion, transitioning to forward flight from a short take off run at about 100 knots as the aircraft rapidly accelerates to cruising speed. It is carrying two AIM 9L Sidewinder missiles, ADEN 25mm cannon pods and seven Hunting BL755 cluster bombs - double the warload of the earlier Harrier variants.
Item Code : MR0021APGauntlet by Michael Rondot (AP) - This Edition
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Paper size 29 inches x 20 inches (74cm x 51cm)Artist : Michael Rondot£160.00

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HarrierThe Hawker Siddeley Harrier, Vertical Take off Royal Air Force and Royal Navy ground attack fighter. with a maximum speed of 737mph and a ceiling of over 50,000 feet. range of 260 miles. The Harriers armament consisted of two 30mm Aden guns and up to 5000 lb of bombs, Rockets or other armaments under the wings. The Worlds First vertical take off and landing combat aircraft the Hawker Siddeley Harriers first arrived with No. 1 squadron Royal Air Force in July 1969. and with a variety of modifications and changes (Harrier GR 1, Harrier T2, Harrier GR3 and finally the British Aerospace Sea Harrier FRG1) The Sea Harrier commenced trials in 1977. The Fleet Air Arm received their first harriers just in time for the Falklands Conflict.

Aviation History Timeline : 20th March
20March1917Frank McNamara of No.1 Squadron AFC was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross
20March1942Former British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O J. L. Ward of 32 & 145 Squadrons, was Killed.
20March1942General der Flieger Rudolf Bogatsch of General der Luftwaffe beim OB. des Heeres was awarded the Knight's Cross
20March1942Oberst i.G. Hans Seidemann of Luftflotte 2 was awarded the Knight's Cross
20March1945 Robert Irion of 339th Fighter Group, 505th Fighter Squadron shot down a Me262
20March1945 Vernon Barto of 339th Fighter Group, 504th Fighter Squadron shot down a Me262
20March1945Fahnenjunker-Oberfeldwebel Leopold Hackl of Stab/Nacht-Schlachtgeschwader 3 was awarded the Knight's Cross
20March1945Hauptmann Dr. med. Ernst Ebeling of 3./Kampfgeschwader 53 was awarded the Knight's Cross
20March1945Hauptmann Ernst-Georg Drnkler of 1./Nachtjagdgeschwader 5 was awarded the Knight's Cross
20March1945Leutnant Karl-Ludwig Johanssen of I./Nachtjagdgeschwader 6 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross
20March1977Former British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O C. C. Ellery of 264 Squadron, Passed away.

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