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The Longest Minute by Michael Rondot.


The Longest Minute by Michael Rondot.

Just off target there was a lot of flak. Its the first time I have ever seen tracer coming up at me. It was the longest minute of my life. These sobering words brought home the reality of war when a Jaguar pilot described his feelings to waiting press reporters, after coming under fire front AAA during an attack on Iraqi forces in Kuwait on 20 January 1991. The remorseless precision pounding of strategic and tactical Iraqi targets in the Kuwait Theatre of Operations was barely three days old when these words were spoken, but six weeks later, as the hostilities of Operation Desert Storm reached a climax, RAF jaguar pilots still counted the seconds during the long minutes of their dive attacks onto heavily defended targets. Success was important, since many of the targets posed a serious threat to both allied ground and naval forces. Artillery and missile sites were attacked in equal measure with airfields, barracks and ammunition dumps during the Jaguars six week war. Brilliantly led by Wing Commander Bill Pixton AFC, the Jaguars, based at Al Muharraq, Bahrain, flew over 600 combat missions during Operation Desert Storm without loss, suffering only two hits from anti-aircraft fire Often flying into treacherous weather and heavy calibre AAA, the Jaguar pilots dispelled many myths about their aircraft during these tense times. We pushed the aeroplane so far outside its flight envelope that I wouldnt have believed it could do it if I hadnt seen it with my own eyes was how one pilot described taking his fully loaded Jaguar transonic at over 34,000 feet during one mission ingress. Michael Rondots painting depicts the moment when the last man to attack, the number 8 at the tail end of the formation watches and waits before tipping in to attack. For him the longest minute is about to begin. The first 4 Jaguars have already attacked and are feet wet returning to base, having dropped their load of 1000lb bombs on the target. During the next few minutes the second four-ship will press home their attack, releasing sixteen 1000lb airburst bombs totally devastating the target before escaping out to sea, away from the coastal AAA flak belt and back to their base at Bahrain.
Item Code : MR0045The Longest Minute by Michael Rondot. - This Edition
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PRINTSigned limited edition of 500 prints.

Paper size 29 inches x 20 inches (74cm x 51cm)Artist : Michael Rondot£95.00

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Aviation History Timeline : 25th May
DAYMONTHYEARDETAILS
25May1917Rene Dorme, a WW1 Ace with 23.00 victories, died on this day
25May1940Pierre Villey, a WW2 Ace with 5.00 victories, died on this day
25May1942Former Belgian Battle of Britain pilot, P/O R. G. C. de H. De Grunne of 32 Squadron, was Killed.
25May1942Former British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O J. B. Kendal of 66 Squadron, was Killed.
25May1942Former Polish Battle of Britain pilot, P/O J. S. DFC Jankiewicz of 601 Squadron, was Killed.
25May1942Friedrich Dahn, a WW2 Ace with 26.00 victories, died on this day
25May1942Hauptmann Peter Gamann of III./Sturzkampfgeschwader 1 was awarded the Knight's Cross
25May1942Hauptmann of the Reserves Gerhard Bauhaus of 8./Sturzkampfgeschwader 77 was awarded the Knight's Cross
25May1942Leutnant Gerhard Krems of 2./Kampfgeschwader 27 was awarded the Knight's Cross
25May1942Oberleutnant Anton Hackl of 5./Jagdgeschwader 77 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross
25May1943Hauptmann Josef Schl of 3./Kampfgeschwader 51 was awarded the Knight's Cross
25May1943Hauptmann Werner Roell of Stabsst./Sturzkampfgeschwader 77 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross
25May1943Oberleutnant Rudolf Trenn of 8./Schlachtgeschwader 77 was awarded the Knight's Cross
25May1944Wing Commander Lorne Cameron of No.401 Sqn RAF shot down a Fw190
25May1955J Mellersh, a WW1 Ace with 9.00 victories, died on this day

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