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The incredible story of the Lightning interceptor that suffered a reheat fire at supersonic speed. And landed safely.
"I scramble down it to see what the fuss is all about. Moving to the rear of the Lightning, the cause of everyone’s concern becomes apparent; highly inflammable hydraulic fluid is pouring from the vicinity of the hole in the fuselage and running down inside over the hot jet pipe. I suddenly realise that, now that my part in...
The story behind this famous ejection from a RAF Lightning interceptor
The tractor driver heard the bang of the ejection seat and is seen after quickly turning around to look at what was going on... The following article titled "The story behind a famous photograph of an ejection from a Lightning" appeared in Issue 5 – English Electric Lightning of Aviation Classic. The main picture in this was taken by Jim Meads...
That time a lone RAF Lightning intercepted a horde of 80 Soviet strategic bombers
"While the mass contacts of 60...70...80 (who knows?) contacts which, as if raging bulls bent on widespread death and destruction, bore down on my sole Lightning, I spoke with the controller at RAF Saxa Vord. The controller confirmed that my radar information was correct and that the incoming hordes now ranged from twenty to sixty miles from my current...
The iconic Lightning has been Britain's first and only entirely indigenous Mach 2 fighter aircraft produced After the article featuring the cool video of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) F-4 Phantoms performing a Zulu Alert Scramble we posted last month, here's another awesome short footage of a Cold War Era scramble, this time performed by Royal Air Force (RAF) Lightning...
Probably the Typhoon was driven by a student who misjudged the aircraft rate of descent This post provides the link to a very interesting clip. Filmed on Apr. 22, 2016 at RAF Coningsby, the footage in fact features a Royal Air Force (RAF) twin seater Eurofighter Typhoon from to No 29 Squadron "clipping grass" while landing after a morning training sortie. We can assume that,...

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