"Corporate Prelude" by Philip E. West
Artist Proof Edition: $210
Publishers Proof Edition: $210
Size: 20" x 27"
Limited Edition: Sold Out
Remarque Edition: Sold Out
Each Print is signed by the Artist and Squadron Leader Martin Withers DFC
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.
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.