Tower Bridge Hunter - The Man Who Dared

Michael Rondot

 

 

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Tower Bridge Hunter The Man Who Dared Michael Rondot

Hawker Hunter FGA.9

This famous painting was commissioned to celebrate one of the most astonishing aviation incidents of the jet age. On 5 April 1968 Hawker Hunter FGA.9 XF442 from No.1 Squadron RAF, flown by Flt Lt Alan Pollock, flew under Tower Bridge after "beating up" the Houses of Parliament. Unimpressed that there would be no fly past over London to celebrate the RAF's 50th Anniversary, Pollock decided to do something himself.

The edition is limited to just 50 individually produced fine-art giclée copies, each with an original pencil drawing of a Squadron badge on the border and signed by the pilot, Alan Pollock.

Remarque prints can be ordered with a detailed drawing on the print border in addition to the Squadron badge. Each drawing is unique, adding a personal touch and, of course, enhancing the value of the print.

 

Letter taken from Flight International, 18 April, 1968

"Timid" RAF Flying"

SIR,-The beating-up of Central London and Tower
Bridge by a Hunter signifies to me that the adventurous spirit is not
yet quite dead in the RAF. The apparently timid fashion
in which some RAF aircraft have been flown at air displays during recent
years had led me to believe that pilots who were willing to fly in a
spirited fashion, using fine judgment in the process (and thereby
increasing their efficiency as fighting pilots), no longer existed in
the RAF.

I bet that this flight gave the aircraft knockers and the Neddies in
Whitehall (who don't know what aircraft are, anyway, or so it would
seem) something to think about.

Good luck to the pilot! I would rather trust the defence of this country
to a handful of his type than to a great number of the timids.

Redditch, WorcsJ. G. ROBINSON

Flt Lt. Alan Pollock
Flt Lt. Alan Pollock
ALAN POLLOCK, the man who flew a Hunter Jet through the middle of Tower Bridge on April 5, 1968.His daredevil antics caused a storm of controversy at the time, but the Royal Air Force refused to court martial him, preferring, instead to have a Medical Board discharge him. He was not court martialled, he claims, because his outspoken views on the fighting effectiveness of the Royal Air Force and the lack of RAF 50th anniversary flying celebrations in l968, might provide embarassing publicity. It has also since transpired that his one-man anniversary display inadvertently co-incided with the recently exposed 'coup plot' against Prime Minister Harold Wilson's Labour Government. A graduate prizewinner from RAF Training College Cranwell, Mr Pollock was a fighter leader and instructor and saw active operational service in the Middle East and served as Aide-de-Camp to a NATO Air Commander. One of the three pre-formation founders of the Red Arrows aerobatic team, he held the rare 'exceptional' RAF fast jet pilot rating. For further information and to read more about Flt Lt. Alan Pollock's famous Tower Bridge Incident, please click here.

 

PRINT DETAILS

Giclée Artist's Proofs with drawing of squadron badge

The Giclée Artist's Proofs Edition is hand signed and numbered in pencil by the artist Michael Rondot. The edition is limited to just 50 individually produced fine-art giclée copies, each with an original pencil drawing of a Squadron badge on the border and signed by the pilot, Alan Pollock.

Remarque prints can be ordered with a detailed drawing on the print border in addition to the Squadron badge. Each drawing is unique, adding a personal touch and, of course, enhancing the value of the print.

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

Overall Print Size 65 X 48 (cm) Printed in lightfast inks on acid free archival paper.

With only 50 copies of this amazing new edition from the studio of Michael Rondot available worldwide, we fully expect the edition to be heavily over subscribed. We would therefore recommend you pre order your copy now to avoid disappointment. The release of this new edition is due early March 2011

PRINT PRICES

Giclée Artist's Proofs
UK £150.00 Edition Size - 50
(Print release due early March 2011)

 

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ALAN POLLOCK, the man who flew a Hunter Jet through the middle of Tower Bridge on April 5, 1968.His daredevil antics caused a storm of controversy at the time, but the Royal Air Force refused to court martial him, preferring, instead to have a Medical Board discharge him. He was not court martialled, he claims, because his outspoken views on the fighting effectiveness of the Royal Air Force and the lack of RAF 50th anniversary flying celebrations in l968, might provide embarassing publicity. It has also since transpired that his one-man anniversary display inadvertently co-incided with the recently exposed 'coup plot' against Prime Minister Harold Wilson's Labour Government. A graduate prizewinner from RAF Training College Cranwell, Mr Pollock was a fighter leader and instructor and saw active operational service in the Middle East and served as Aide-de-Camp to a NATO Air Commander. One of the three pre-formation founders of the Red Arrows aerobatic team, he held the rare 'exceptional' RAF fast jet pilot rating. For further information and to read more about Flt Lt. Alan Pollock's famous Tower Bridge Incident, please click here.

 

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