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Corporate Prelude

 
 
Corporate Prelude

by Philip West.

Overall print size approximately 20” x 27”/ 51cms x 71cms

The Falklands conflict led to the Vulcan being used for the first time in anger in 25 years of RAF service; 44, 50 and 101 Sqdn. aircraft were involved in "Operation Corporate" with five crews selected, two from 50 Sqdn., one each from 44 Sqdn. and 101 Sqdn., plus others from the disbanded 9 Sqdn.
This beautiful painting portrays the mighty XM607 at altitude during the work up period prior to active operations. During the Falklands War XM607, piloted by Martin Withers, flew there and back from the Ascension Islands non-stop, covering a staggering 7,500 miles; the flight lasted 15 hours 45 minutes – at the time, the longest combat flight in history. The Vulcan was refuelled by Victor tankers five times on the outward journey and once on the return journey.

Martin Withers and his
Black Buck 1 crew

Fl. Lt. Martin Withers has signed each of the following prints in
this very special edition.

Please see below for details of the signatories of this edition.
As with all our prints, this edition was signed in the presence
of Sean Whyte, owner and publisher of SWA Fine Art Limited.

Remarques: SOLD OUT
100 Primary Edition: SOLD OUT
100 Artist Proofs: SOLD OUT
50 Publisher Proofs: SOLD OUT
20 Commemorative Single Remarques: SOLD OUT

Philip West is recognised as one of the world’s finest aviation artists. Collectors of his original oil paintings span the globe, many waiting patiently for his next breathtaking canvas to appear. Self taught, Philip has won many accolades for his paintings, not the least of which was the prestigious Duane Whitney Award for Excellence at the 1997 (the last time he entered the competition) American Society of Aviation Artists Exhibition.

Squadron Leader Martin Withers DFC joined the RAF in 1968. In 1971, he was posted to 44 Sqn at RAF Waddington as a Vulcan co-pilot, remaining there on 50 Sqn as a captain until 1976. After 3 years as a Jet Provost QFI at RAF Linton-on-Ouse, he returned to RAF Scampton as a QFI on the Vulcan Operational Conversion Unit. When the OCU closed, he moved again to RAF Waddington as Pilot Leader and Squadron QFI on 101 Sqn.

The following year, during the Falklands War, he and his crew were selected to fly 2 of the 5 ‘Black Buck’ missions, for which he was awarded the DFC, with the other crewmembers being ‘Mentioned in Dispatches’. With the final demise of the Vulcan squadrons, he returned to No1 FTS at RAF Linton-on-Ouse, where he served as squadron commander and Deputy Chief Instructor, until leaving the RAF in 1991, having flown over 5500 hours (2000 on Vulcan’s). Since then he has accumulated a further 9500 hours on a variety of airliners, and is now flying the Boeing 767.

 

 
 
   
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