Leads The Field

Michael Rondot





Leads The Field Michael Rondot

Panavia Tornado GR4 12 Squadron RAF Lossiemouth

12 Squadron moved to RAF Lossiemouth from RAF Honington in 1980. In January 1991, No. 12 Squadron was hastily deployed to the Persian Gulf to support strike operations with the Pave-Spike pod, providing an airborne laser designator for the RAF's Paveway Laser Guided Bombs dropped from Tornado GR1s. In 1993 Tornado GR1Bs replaced the squadrons Blackburn Buccaneers, though the squadron continued in the maritime strike role until 1998. During December 1998, the Squadron took part in Operation Desert Fox, the four-day air campaign against Iraq. Deployments to the Gulf continued, flying the upgraded Tornado GR4 from 2001 and included major contributions in 2003 as part of Operation Telic as well as supporting the first free elections in Iraq for 50 years in January 2005.

The Tornado GR4 is currently operated from two bases. Based at RAF Lossiemouth, in Scotland, are the Operational Conversion Unit, No. 15(R) Squadron, and No's 12(B), 14 and 617 Squadrons. RAF Marham is the home of the GR4s of No's II(AC), IX(B), 13 and 31 Squadrons. In addition to its long-range, high-speed precision strike capability, including supersonic at low level with a low-level combat radius of 400nmls, the Tornado GR4 is a world leader in the specialised field of all-weather, day and night tactical reconnaissance. The new RAPTOR (Reconnaissance Airborne Pod tornado) pod is one of the most advanced reconnaissance sensors in the world and greatly increased the effectiveness of the aircraft in the reconnaissance role. Its introduction into service gave the Tornado GR4 the ability to download real-time, long-range, oblique-photography data to ground stations or to the cockpit during a mission. The stand-off range of the sensors also allows the aircraft to remain outside heavily defended areas, thus minimising the aircraft’s exposure to enemy air-defence systems. Tornado GR4s are still fully engaged in Operation TELIC conducting both Close Air Support and Reconnaissance missions in support of Coalition Forces in Iraq.



The Artist Proof

An exclusive limited edition of only Fifty copies worldwide, each signed & numbered in pencil by the artist Michael Rondot with an original pencil sketch of the 12 Squadron fox badge on the print border. A small number of copies are available with a detailed artist’s original remarque drawing of a Panavia Tornado on the border.

Due to the extremely low inventory of this superb new limited edition from Michael Rondot, we would recommend you contact us as soon as possible to reserve your copy.

Each print is accompanied with a matching numbered certificate of authenticity.

Overall Print Size 24"x 18" (inches) Printed in lightfast inks on acid free archival paper.


Artist Proof Edition
UK £150.00 Edition Size - 50

Remarque Edition
UK £235.00 Edition Size - Please Contact us for Availability


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