The English Electric Lightning is a supersonic fighter aircraft of the Cold War era. It was designed, developed, and manufactured by English Electric, which was subsequently absorbed by the newly formed British Aircraft Corporation. It was then marketed as the BAC Lightning. The Lightning was the only all-British Mach 2 fighter aircraft. The Lightning was used by the Royal Air Force (RAF) and the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF). Although it was the RAF’s primary interceptor for more than two decades it was never required to attack another aircraft.
The Lightning is powered by two Rolls-Royce Avon turbojet engines in a unique staggered stacked installation in the fuselage. The Lightning was developed to intercept increasingly capable bomber aircraft (Tupolev Tu-16, Tupolev Tu-22, Tupolev Tu-95), and thus has exceptional rate of climb, ceiling, and speed; pilots have described flying it as “being saddled to a skyrocket”. This performance made the Lightning a ‘fuel critical’ aircraft meaning that its missions are dictated to a high degree by its limited range. Later developments provided greater range and speed along with aerial reconnaissance and ground-attack capability.(wiki)
My Dad was a chief tech in the RAF and worked on these, they were the soundtrack to my later childhood, and were magnificent at low altitude screaming across the sky with a ball of fire coming out of the arse end.
Today was our Northern Military Model Show, and this was on display, on a mirror, so became my reflection of the day. In more ways than one.
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A great shot of one of the flying icons of my youth. Nice model too. I never had much patience with model kits. I used to just glue all the main bits together and paint it after that. They generally looked pretty bad, to be honest.
Best wishes, Pete.
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I like the double meanings here . . . funny how the cold war and its technology left behind its memories – for me, my dad was a designer / engineer involved with the F-14 and E2A – and we used to listen to sonic booms as jets flew into the local air force base, and waited for the shelves to crash to the floor unless it was an earthquake!
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Cheers Naomi, 🙂
Amazing story, fragglerocking. Thank you.