Top Cover

Michael Rondot





Top Cover Michael Rondot

With Top Cover, Michael Rondot portrays a pilot's eye view of the speed and excitement of modern high-tech aerial warfare. High over a panorama of broken clouds, a pair of F/A-18C Hornets from VFA-81 'Sunliners' dive onto a group of F-16s simulating an attack on a formation of low flying A-7 Corsairs far below. The low-flying A-7s are in deep trouble, having been bounced by the F-16s, and will evade as hard as they can to shake off their opponents. For the F/A-18 Hornet pilots the priority is to kill the F-16s before they can threaten the A-7s. The Fight's on! You could easily be forgiven for believing that US Navy and Marine Corps aviators enjoy an unfair advantage in life. They fly the finest aircraft around, in the most demanding and exciting roles, and they get to practice their art in some of the most beautiful and exotic parts of the world, basking in the glamour and mystique of US Naval Aviation.

The reality is more down to earth. Flying the F/A-18 Hornet in both the air-defence and the ground-attack role is hard, challenging work. Pilots from the attack community have to learn the skills of air-to-air fighting, and air defenders have to learn the art of putting bombs and bullets onto a pinpoint target from a first-pass attack in bad weather. It is an uncompromising and unforgiving environment, with no room for error.



The entire edition of Top Cover is signed and numbered by the Artist Michael Rondot.

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

Overall Print Size 28"x 20" (inches) Printed in lightfast inks on acid free archival paper.


Signed and Numbered Print
UK £75.00 Edition Size - 650

Artist Proof Edition
UK £120.00 Edition Size - 65

Remarque Edition
UK £235.00 (Please Call)


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