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(from left) Carl Lamb, managing director of Almary Green, with artist Mike Rondot (right) presenting the limited edition painting Vulcan Scramble to Carl Lake, from the City of Norwich Aviation Museum.
By sophie wyllie
Friday, May 25, 2012
Memories of an iconic aircraft have been reignited for a former flight lieutenant who has commissioned a painting of a Vulcan bomber.
Carl Lamb, managing director of Norwich-based independent financial advisers Alamary Green, left the RAF in 1988.
The painting of the Vulcan delta wing bomber was created by Mike Rondot, from Dillington, near Dereham.
Mr Rondot had a 25-year career as a pilot at RAF Coltishall and completed the piece of art last year.
A group of 10 veteran airmen who either flew or worked on the aircraft signed 300 limited edition prints of the painting in November.
Mr Lamb said: “The picture called Vulcan Scramble is one that has a lot to do with my time in the RAF.
“I was based at RAF Waddington with 9 Squadron Vulcans and for me this is a reminder of a bygone age.”
He joined the RAF in 1980, when he was based at RAF Neatishead, near Coltishall, an underground listening and monitoring station.
During his career Mr Lamb was a flight controller and responsible for launching Lightning, Phantom and Victor tankers and Vulcan aircraft against Soviet planes, which were threatening to encroach the UK air space from 1957 to 1969.
Mr Rondot said the painting depicts a typical setting for a Vulcan scramble from a Lincolnshire airfield at the height of the Cold War in the late 1960s.
He added: “This was a well-known scene at the time and is reproduced at air shows and RAF days. It was a big show, the sort of event that would bring road traffic to a standstill.”
Mr Lamb will donate a print to the RAF Museum at Neatishead and the City of Norwich Aviation Museum, where there is a Vulcan on display. He will also sell eight other prints for the RAF Association.