English Electric Lightning

RAF Lightning pilot recalls when with both engines missing compressor blades from stage eight onwards he was able to land after having experiencing a double engine failure on take-off

RAF Lightning pilot recalls when with both engines missing compressor blades from stage eight onwards he was able to land after having experiencing a double engine failure on take-off

The English Electric Lightning Conceived an interceptor to defend the V-Force airfields during the Cold War, the English Electric Lightning… Read More

5 months ago

RAF Lightning pilot recalls when he accelerated to the fighter max speed of Mach 2.2 and zoomed to 87,800 feet establishing the (unofficial) world altitude record of the Lightning

The RAF Lighting interceptor. Conceived an interceptor to defend the V-Force airfields during the Cold War, the English Electric Lightning… Read More

7 months ago

Hangar 51 company buys Thunder City collection of Ex-Military Jets and aims to use it for Adversary Air Services

Thunder City collection. The Thunder City collection of cold-war era British jets once owned by the now deceased Mike Beachy… Read More

2 years ago

Lightning Vs Spitfire: why the iconic Mach 2 interceptor struggled to win mock dogfights against the legendary WWII plane during the trial flights conducted by the RAF between the two types

“We did find that the piston-engined fighter presented a very poor target to infra-red homing missiles, especially from the rear… Read More

3 years ago

Hun Pilots remember when they ‘dogfighted’ British Lightnings and Hunters at RAF Gütersloh over Germany

‘When we would RTB, we would invariably get ‘tapped’ by the Brits flying Hawker Hunters and English Electric Lightnings…in the… Read More

4 years ago

That time two RAF Lightning interceptors spooked a herd of Aberdeen Angus while flying at Mach 2+ to test the effects of Concorde flying at Mach 2 over land

Thanks to its unrivalled performance the Lightning was used in the late 60s to carry out proving flights to allay… Read More

4 years ago

#SaveBrunty: online petition is trying to save Cold War Jets preserved at Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome

Aviation enthusiast Oliver Burden launched a petition to prevent the loss of irreplaceable UK Aviation History currently preserved at Bruntingthorpe.… Read More

4 years ago

The story of the English Electric P.8, the Super Lightning that never was

With development work on the P.1 research aircraft well advanced and the F.155T in-service date looming, English Electric designed the… Read More

4 years ago

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… Read More

6 years ago

The story behind a famous photo of an 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… Read More

6 years ago

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,… Read More

6 years ago

GORGEOUS COLD WAR ERA VIDEO SHOWS ROYAL AIR FORCE LIGHTNING INTERCEPTORS PERFORMING A SCRAMBLE

The Royal Air Force Lightning After the article featuring the cool video of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) F-4 Phantoms… Read More

7 years ago

Watch this Royal Air Force Typhoon fighter jet “clipping grass” while landing at RAF Coningsby

Typhoon fighter jet "clipping grass" while landing at RAF Coningsby This post provides the link to a very interesting clip:… Read More

8 years ago