by Simon Atack
Overall prints size approx. 20" x 28" / 50cms x 71 cms.
At the height of the Cold War during the 1970’s and through the 80’s,
low level, fast-jet training sorties were absolutely crucial to Britain’s air defences. This was an era of the true, thoroughbred supersonic
jet fighter like arguably the greatest of all jet combat aircraft
of that time; the McDonnell Douglas F.4 Phantom.
Scorching down the peaceful beauty of the Spey river valley, Scotland,
four RAF Phantom FG-1’s, flash over Craiglockhart Castle on an ultra
low-level training sortie. Very typical of the training missions carried
out with these remarkably agile aircraft.
Flt. Lt. Pete Underwood
Sqn. Ldr. Ian Macfadyen
All the prints are signed by a Treble 1 Sqn. Phantom pilot Flt. Lt. Pete Underwood and by the artist.
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.
Although Simon became a full-time artist after leaving the RAF in 1985, he first began painting when his mother bought him a box of oil paints and an easel when he was just six years of age! He cannot recall a time when he was not painting in the intervening years, all the time honing his drawing and painting skills whilst accepting commissaries from various Commanding Officers!
Now firmly established as one of the top aviation artists in the world, collectors are always eagerly awaiting Simon’s original paintings and Limited Edition Prints. Commissions are accepted, but due to Simon’s order book always being always full, please allow six to twelve months for completion of your painting. Simon works from his studio in the beautiful county of Buckinghamshire, UK.
We do hope you will find this biography of interest. We hope by knowing a little about the men behind the signatures it will help you get the most from your copy of “Phantom Country”.
Flt Lt (Ret’d) Pete Underwood joined the RAF Officer Training College Cranwell in 1980. His first operational tour was from 1984 to 1986 on the Phantom FGR2, 19 Squadron, RAF Wildenrath in Germany. He was detached to No.23 Sqn for a
6-month duty in the Falkland Islands during this tour. His second operational tour was from 1986 to 1989 on the Phantom FG1, 111 Sqn, RAF Leuchars. After this tour he was posted to RAF Brawdy as a Tactics and Weapons Instructor on the Hawk TMk1. When RAF Brawdy closed he moved on to RAF Chivenor as OC Weapons Instruction Flight on the Hawk TMk1. He now flies as Captain on the Airbus A320/321 with Monarch Airlines Ltd.
The Artist Proofs and Remarques have also been signed by;
Air Marshal Ian Macfadyen joined the RAF College Cranwell in 1960. His first flying tour was on the Lightning in England and Germany. He returned to Cranwell in 1970 as a flying instructor where he was, for two years, a member of The Poachers formation aerobatic team. He next flew with Treble One squadron as it reformed with the Phantom in 1974, and became the RAF solo aerobatic pilot on the Phantom whilst with 43 Squadron. He later commanded 29 Squadron and became the first pilot to fly a Phantom into the Falkland Islands, where he also commanded 23 Squadron. In the mid 1980s he was the Station Commander at RAF Leuchars where, at its peak, the station had 66 Phantoms. His final years in the RAF were spent largely in Saudi Arabia, before becoming the Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man. He still flies Air Cadets with no 3 AEF at Colerne, and is the National President of the Royal British Legion.