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  NationMaster - Encyclopedia: English Electric Lightning
The English Electric Lightning (later the BAC Lightning) was a supersonic fighter aircraft of the Cold War era, particularly remembered for its great speed and natural metal exterior.
The Lightning was superior in terms of gun armament, however, since RAF Phantoms were limited to carriage of a centerline 20 millimeter Vulcan cannon pod, which lacked both the accuracy and the hitting power of the Lightning's twin Aden cannon.
English Electric Lightning F.53 (53-696 / ZF594) belonging to the North East Aircraft Museum was purchased from BAC and flew in the Saudi Arabian Air Force.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/English-Electric-Lightning   (794 words)

  
 English Electric Lightning F1/P1B airplane pictures & aircraft photos - RAF Museums
Following the successful demonstration of supersonic flight by the two P1 research aircraft WG760 and WG763, English Electric was contracted to develop the P1B fighter aircraft.
It was known as the Lightning and was capable of supersonic interceptions of enemy aircraft; it remained in front line service for nearly three decades.
The first P1B Lightning flew on 4 April 1957, the day the Government published a White Paper forecasting the end of manned aircraft and their replacement with missiles.
www.rafmuseum.org.uk /english-electric-lightning-f1-p1b.htm   (247 words)

  
  The English Electric (BAC) Lightning
A Lightning had no great trouble performing a dash to 18.3 kilometers (60,000 feet), and one may have unofficially reached 23.8 kilometers (78,000 feet), at which point it was no doubt as aerodynamic as a brick.
The Lightning was superior in terms of gun armament, however, since RAF Phantoms were limited to carriage of a centerline 20 millimeter Vulcan cannon pod, which lacked both the accuracy and the hitting power of the Lightning's twin Aden cannon.
Lightning pilots were said to be the last people in the world who would run out of gas while driving on a road trip, as checking fuel levels was an activity somewhat like breathing to them.
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 ENGLISH ELECTRIC LIGHTNING - HISTORY
The Lightning F.1 differed very little from the P.1B; the ventral fuel tank now had a small fin, the main vertical tail was enlarged and that was about it.
Lightnings would be kept on in limited numbers, however, and a programme of modifications was carried out to strengthen them for the extra years of flying that lay ahead.
While the Lightning's replacements (the Phantom and Tornado ADV in British service, the F-15 Eagle in Saudi service) are good aircraft in their own right, none compare with the sheer brute force and sparkling performance of the ultimate jet sports car - the English Electric Lightning.
www.thunder-and-lightnings.co.uk /lightning/history.html   (2928 words)

  
 English Electric Lightning
On 12 May 1949 English Electric was awarded a contract by the Ministry of Supply to proceed with detail design work on it's proposal, designated P.1 (Project 1) by the company.
The Lightning was never fitted with a Radar Warning Receiver (RWR), or adapted to carry Sidewinder missiles, and in it's final years was forced to rely on it's gun armament to supplement it's ancient Red Top missiles.
The mechanical complexity of the Lightning was of a entirely different order to that of it's predecessors and gave the RAF a major maintenance challenge upon it's introduction into service.
www.aeroflight.co.uk /types/uk/english_electric/lightning/lightning.htm   (3572 words)

  
 English Electric Lightning F.53, North East Aircraft Museum (Britain)
June 1969 the Lightning joined the LCS with whom it was serving when they moved to RSAF Riyadh on 26.
The Lightning was the only all-British supersonic aircraft, and the RAF's first supersonic aircraft (ie supersonic in level flight).
A major defect of the Lightning was its lack of range (according to one source : "the great British tradition of having wholly inadequate fuel capacity").
www.neam.co.uk /lightning.html   (1189 words)

  
 Museum of Flight - English Electric Lightning F2A
The Lightning interceptor fighter was the RAF's first supersonic aircraft and its two Rolls Royce Avon engines (mounted one above the other in the main fuselage) gave it a maximum speed of over 1,500mph and an initial climb rate of 50,000 feet a minute.
It was not until the F.Mk 6 (which had double the fuel capacity thanks to a tank grafted onto the lower fuselage) that this problem was resolved.
The aircraft was lovingly restored by RAF maintenance crews at Leuchars air base in Fife and was presented to the Museum of Flight in 1982.
www.rampantscotland.com /visit/blvisit_museum06.htm   (181 words)

  
 Lightnings and other things (English Electric Lightning in detail)
One of the most distinctive post-war fighters is without doubt the English Electric Lightning.
With its only serious factual setback being its meagre fuel capacity, the Lightning survived for 28 years in the RAF inventory, in spite of bureaucratic obstruction of varying intensity.
F.6 turned out to be the peak of Lightning development with an enlarged ventral fuel tank, relocated guns plus a completely redesigned wing.
www.ipmsstockholm.org /magazine/1999/06/stuff_eng_detail_lightning.htm   (1256 words)

  
 Warbird Alley: English Electric Lightning
The Lightning was the result of a supersonic research aircraft called the English Electric P.1A, which first flew in August 1954.
Since the Lightning was such a radically different aircraft from anything that had come before, the RAF ordered 20 additional pre-production aircraft, and tested them thoroughly, before authorizing it to enter active service.
Two more Lightnings were completed by 2006 in Cape Town, and several more Lightning projects are underway around the globe, so it appears that the warbird community will be able to see and appreciate this magnificent aircraft with increasing regularity as time goes on.
www.warbirdalley.com /ltning.htm   (611 words)

  
 English Electric Lightning Site - The Lightning Association Website
At the very end of the Second World War, the English Electric Aviation Company was contracted to develop the design of Britain's first jet bomber, the B3/45, later to become the Canberra.
The ER103 design study was sufficiently impressive for English Electric to be awarded the contract for two prototypes and a structural-test airframe.
This site is a tribute to the Lightning, to those who served on the Lightning squadrons and to the enthusiasts who have kept airframes either running or in airworthy condition.
www.lightning.org.uk /home.html   (462 words)

  
 English Electric / BAC Lightning
The prototype, known as the English Electric P.1, was built to satisfy the British Air Ministry's 1947 specification F23/49 and flew for the first time from RAF Boscombe Down on 4 August 1954.
The Lightning shared a number of innovations first planned for the Miles M.52 including the shock cone and all-flying tailplane, the latter described by Chuck Yeager as the single most significant contribution to the final success of supersonic flight.
Lightnings were slowly phased out of service between 1974 and 1988, although much testing and modification was needed to keep them in air-worthy condition due to the high number of flight hours accumulated.
www.fighter-planes.com /info/bac.htm   (1271 words)

  
  English Electric Lightning - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The English Electric Lightning (later the BAC Lightning) was a supersonic British fighter aircraft of the Cold War era, particularly remembered for its great speed, and its natural metal exterior that was used throughout much of its service life with the Royal Air Force and the Royal Saudi Air Force.
The prototype, known as the English Electric P.1, was built to satisfy the British Air Ministry's 1947 specification F23/49 and flew for the first time from RAF Boscombe Down on 4 August 1954.
Lightnings were slowly phased out of service between 1974 and 1988, although much testing and modification was needed to keep them in air-worthy condition due to the high number of flight hours accumulated.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/English_Electric_Lightning   (1831 words)

  
 English Electric - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
English Electric was a 20th-century British industrial manufacturer, initially of electric motors, and expanding to include railway locomotives and aviation, before becoming part of GEC.
1945 and after: EE invested heavily in aircraft design, leading to major successes in the 1950s with the Lightning interceptor and Canberra tactical bomber, which in 2005 was still flying in reconnaissance and other roles with many air forces, including the RAF.
Early 1960s : Under government pressure EE rationalised its aircraft division, which later became part of the new British Aircraft Corporation (BAC), English Electric having a 40% stake in BAC.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/English_Electric   (445 words)

  
 English Electric Lightning F.2
The Lightning at the museum carries N0 92 Squadron's red and yellow markings, which will be retained in order to represent the aircraft of Maltese fighter pilot Flight Lieutenant Mark Micallef Eynaud who flew the type with that unit in RAF Germany.
The Lightning was the result of the P.1A witch was designed after the demand in 1947 for a supersonic research aircraft.
F.Mk 6 was the last version of the Lightning based on the F.Mk 3A with a redesigned wing, and a fuel tank in the fuselage which practically doubled the fuel-capacity.
www.maltaaviationmuseum.com /lightning.asp   (399 words)

  
 English Electric Lightning
The Lightning had a maximum speed and climbing rate that exceeded everything but was limited by it's short range and average weaponry.
The Lightning was the result of the P.1A which was designed after the demand in 1947 for a supersonic research aircraft.
The last version was the Lightning F.Mk 6 (initially the F.Mk 3A) with a redesigned wing, and a fuel tank in the fuselage witch practically doubled the fuel-capacity.
www.zap16.com /mil%20fact/english%20electric%20lightning.htm   (298 words)

  
 Aeropark | Hawker Hunter   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Lightning was arguably the most advanced fighter jet of it’s time capable of pulling Mach 1 in a vertical climb and now accepted to have achieved speeds of Mach 2.2, all at a time when its contemporaries were struggling to achieve Mach 1 and beyond.
Even more incredible is that the Lightning is rumoured to have been in development from as early as the late 1940's.
Further proof of the Lightning's prowess is that it was still the match of any fighter right up to its decommissioning by the RAF in 1988.
www.aeropark.org /lightning.htm   (192 words)

  
 English electric Lightning - Telegraph
The electric car is not a recent phenomenon; it's a little-remembered fact that the first car to exceed the magic 100kph (62mph) - Camille Jenatzy's streamliner of 1899 - did so with an electric motor.
Electric power has since become more familiar in invalid carriages, milk floats and forklift trucks, but in theory it should be an obvious answer to many more modern motoring problems; it's clean at the point of use, it's quiet, it can draw energy from renewable sources and it ought to be relatively cheap.
The electric motor's accelerative capability is another apparently extravagant claim and it is difficult to equate this with an internal combustion engine that requires a certain number of revs to deliver torque, and needs a transmission to convert it.
www.telegraph.co.uk /motoring/main.jhtml?xml=/motoring/2007/09/01/nosplit/mflight01.xml   (2956 words)

  
 YouTube - English Electric Lightning
The Lightning was the best British Interceptor that has ever been built, It can still out perform many modern fighter jets and they are just so awesome.
The English Electric Lightning (later the BAC Lightning) was a supersonic British fighter aircraft of the Cold War era, particularly remembered for its great speed and natural metal exterior.
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 English Electric Lightning F1/P1B airplane pictures & aircraft photos - RAF Museums
Following the successful demonstration of supersonic flight by the two P1 research aircraft WG760 and WG763, English Electric was contracted to develop the P1B fighter aircraft.
It was known as the Lightning and was capable of supersonic interceptions of enemy aircraft; it remained in front line service for nearly three decades.
The first P1B Lightning flew on 4 April 1957, the day the Government published a White Paper forecasting the end of manned aircraft and their replacement with missiles.
www.rafmuseum.com /english-electric-lightning-f1-p1b.htm   (247 words)

  
 English Electric Lightning
The Lightning had its origin in a Ministry of Supply specification that was issued in 1947 and called for a manned supersonic research aircraft.
Although technically not a Lightning, the Shorts Brothers SB5 was used by the Royal Aircraft Establishment in its technical dispute with English Electric to investigate different wing sweep angles and tailplane positions.
English Electric made several proposals for other Lightning variants; a multi-role version (eventually built as the F.53), a variable geometry variant for the Fleet Air Arm and an F.7 variant.
plane-crazy.purplecloud.net /Aircraft/Jets/Lightning/lightning.htm   (2540 words)

  
 Citymanual.net - The English Electric Lightning   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Lightning had its origin in a Ministry of Supply Specification which was issued in 1947 and called for a manned supersonic research aircraft.
English Electric's design, the P.1, submitted in 1949, was quickly seen to have an operational application and development of the aircraft for research and military purposes continued in parallel.
It had always been intended that the Lightning would be equipped with a datalink for the passage of data from a ground-based computer to the aircraft's auto-attack system, but this was never fitted.
www.citymanual.net /content/view/360/7   (507 words)

  
 English Electric / BAC Lightning
The layout of the Lightning was unusual: two engines above each other, a sharp-edged nose intake, and 60 degrees wing sweep.
The English Electric Lightning was the first operational British aircraft capable of achieving twice the speed of sound.
The Lightning was quicker off the ground, reaching 50 feet [15 m] height in a horizontal distance of 1,630 feet [500 m].
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 BAC Lightning print   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The prototype, known as the English Electric P.1, was built to satisfy the British Air Ministry's 1947 specification coded F23/49 and flew for the first time from RAF Boscombe Down on 4th August 1954.
Lightnings were therefore slowly phased out of front-line service between 1974 and 1989.
In their final years of UK service all RAF Lightnings were based at Binbrook in Lincolnshire and many were camouflaged to make them less conspicuous when flying at low level.
www.tfacc.co.uk /qp/lightning.htm   (752 words)

  
 3D lwo English Electric Lightning
The English Electric Lightning has to be the most exciting aircraft I have ever seen, it exuded raw power and speed in a way no other aircraft did.
When I was very young I was fortunate enough to see 'The Firebirds' which were the RAF's aerobatic display team equipped with nine Lightnings and were without doubt the loudest noise I have ever heard.
Today three Lightnings are maintained in flying condition in South Africa, (two T5's and an F6), and there is a project in the USA to restore another Lightning to flying condition.
www.turbosquid.com /FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/314671   (147 words)

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