Lightning from the Cockpit


By: Peter Caygill
Supplied by: Pen and Sword

Format: Paperback
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781844153558
Published: 19th January 2006
RRP / Print Price: £14.99

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Lightning from the Cockpit

The English Electric Lightning was the only single-seat supersonic interceptor fighter designed and manufactured in the UK. It saw service with the RAF in the sixties and seventies and gained a worthy reputation for its speed (in excess of Mach 2) and phenomenal rate of climb. It was, however, a not entirely reliable aeroplane and over fifty were lost during its operational career. In this book, the author has gathered together 16 personal accounts of what it was like to fly the Lightning, thrilling stories that convey the immense brute power of the machine and also its many pitfalls. To see a Lightning take off and climb vertically until it vanishes into the sky was one of the most spectacular sights in aviation. The lengthy Appendices include original offical pilot notes, cockpit layout and operational interception routines.

 




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