Lightning before the thunder!


The English Electric Lightning is a British fighter aircraft that served as an interceptor during the 1960s, the 1970s and into the late 1980s. It was capable of a top speed of above Mach 2. The Lightning was designed, developed, and manufactured by English Electric. After EE merged with other aircraft manufacturers to form the British Aircraft Corporation it was marketed as the BAC Lightning. It was operated by the Royal Air Force (RAF), the Kuwait Air Force (KAF), and the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF).

A unique feature of the Lightning’s design is the vertical, staggered configuration of its two Rolls-Royce Avon turbojet engines within the fuselage. The Lightning was designed and developed as an interceptor to defend the airfields of the British “V bomber” strategic nuclear force from attack by anticipated future nuclear-armed supersonic Soviet bombers such as what emerged as the Tupolev Tu-22 “Blinder”, but it was subsequently also required to intercept other bomber aircraft such as the Tupolev Tu-16 (“Badger”) and the Tupolev Tu-95 (“Bear”).

Low pass

The main idea was to show the maneuver excitement from a situation experienced by my mate Rikki Wolf while serving in the RAF. It shows a low pass over a trowler and in short while climbing high on a patrol flight.

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