Lightning Strikes Twice

Author: Martin W. Bowman
Editor: Amberley Publishing Limited
ISBN: 144562365X
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Martin Bowman tells the story of the iconic Cold War fighter from first prototype to the present day, with many previously-unpublished images as well as narrative from the men who flew Britain's finest post-war fighter.

The English Electric Lightning

Author: Martin W. Bowman
Editor: Pen & Sword Aviation
ISBN: 9781526705563
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The early 1950s were a boom time for British aviation. The lessons of six years of war had been learned and much of the research into jet engines, radar and aerodynamics had begun to reach fruition. In Britain, jet engine technology led the world, while wartime developments into swept wing design in Germany and their transonic research program were used to give western design teams a quantum leap in aircraft technology. The English Electric Lightning emerged at this time. This supersonic fighter aircraft of the Cold War era is perhaps best remembered for its amazing takeoff performance, its exceptional rate of climb and its immense speed. Here, Martin Bowman takes us on a photographic journey, illustrating the various landmarks of the Lightning's impressive operational history.

English Electric Lightning

Author: Stewart Scott
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ISBN: 9781870384780
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English Electric Lightning

Author: Kev Darling
Editor: Specialty PressPub & Wholesalers
ISBN: 9781580070287
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This top-flight series provides a review of the world's most exciting combat aircraft.

English Electric Lightning

Author: Tim McLelland
Editor: Crecy Pub
ISBN: 9781906537036
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The English Electric Lightning was a triumph of post-war aviation technology. Developed and manufactured during years of national austerity, the Lightning was Britain's answer to a growing threat from beyond the Iron Curtain where the Soviets were busy creating a sizeable force of supersonic bombers, all of which had the capacity to reach and destroy targets in the United Kingdom. Having emerged from the hard lessons of World War 2, the Royal Air Force was faced with a completely new threat and a drastically different era of capability and technology. The days of lumbering piston-engine bombers and fighters were over and the jet age had truly arrived. However, jet technology was in its infancy, as was the aerodynamic knowledge which was badly needed in order to take advantage of projected increases in power and speed, therefore it is all the more remarkable, that while the RAF was consolidating its defensive capability around the almost pedestrian types such as the Meteor and Vampire, attention was being shifted to a new jet interceptor which would be capable of achieving supersonic speeds in level flight. The result was an aircraft which could more than comfortably meet this aim and the RAF was ultimately blessed with what was undoubtedly one of the finest fighter aircraft ever built. Capable of staggering altitude performance and with a top speed in excess of twice the speed of sound, the Lightning was an outstanding aircraft.

English Electric Bac Lightning Mks 1 6

Author: Kev Darling
Editor: Lulu.com
ISBN: 143571556X
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The English Electric Lightning was the only British built fighter capable of Mach 2 to enter RAF service. Although frustrated by British officialdom the Lightning did serve with the RSAF and Kuwait. The only flying examples are now at Thunder City in South Africa.

English Electric Bac Lightning Manual

Author: Ian Black
Editor: Haynes Publishing UK
ISBN: 9780857337689
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Enjoying continuous frontline service with the RAF for nearly 30 years, the supersonic English Electric Lightning jet was the Spitfire of its era and the last of a special breed of fighter aircraft: single-seat, all-British, magnificently overpowered and possessing delightful handling qualities. During its lifetime it became the favourite mount for jet fighter pilots and thrilled the crowds at countless air displays with its spectacular speed and awesome performance. Former Lightning pilot Ian Black brings a level of level of insight into operating the Lightning that is second to none.

The English Electric Lightning Story

Author: Martin W. Bowman
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ISBN: 9780752450803
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Perhaps the most famous aircraft to come from English Electric, the unique design of the Lightning originated in a proposal in 1947. The prototype first flew in 1954 and in August of that year it became the first British aircraft to break the sound barrier in level flight. By 1968 when production ceased, 339 Lightnings had been built. It was the standard British fighter for over twenty years and was used by both the Kuwait and Saudi Arabian Air Forces. In 1971 the RAF Lightning squadrons began disbanding one by one and the Lightning phased out until the last one left front line service in 1988. Built for the Cold War, they lasted almost until the fall of the Berlin Wall.Lightnings are hugely popular preserved aircraft today, on display in museums throughout Britain, the USA and other parts of the world. The Lightning can be seen roaring to life at Bruntingthorpe and in South Africa several still fly regularly. Time has been kind to the Lightning and its design is still sleek and purposeful. While it will never be used in anger again, the many preserved examples remain to remind us of the part played by the Lightning in the Cold War.Martin W. Bowman is the author of over 100 books on military and commercial aviation as well as photographic books on a variety of subjects. He has participated in German and USAFE air/land and night air/drop missions on C-160 and C-130 Hercules aircraft, and is a frequent contributor to aviation jornal in Great Britain, the USA and Australia. In 1999 he was appointed an official researcher for DERA.

The Men Who Flew The English Electric Lightning

Author: Martin W. Bowman
Editor: Pen & Sword Aviation
ISBN: 9781526705648
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The early 1950s were a boom time for British aviation. The lessons of six years of war had been learned and much of the research into jet engines, radar and aerodynamics had begun to reach fruition. In Britain, jet engine technology led the world, while wartime developments into swept wing design in Germany and their transonic research program were used to give western design teams a quantum leap in aircraft technology. At English Electric, 'Teddy' Petter's design team were keen to capitalize on the success of their Canberra jet bomber and rose to the challenge of providing a high speed interceptor for the RAF. Martin W. Bowman describes the career of the Lightning in detail using first-hand accounts of what it was like to fly and service this thoroughbred. Illustrated with over 200 color and b/w photographs, appendices listing Lightning squadrons, production totals, individual aircraft histories and with the first in-depth analysis into why a third of all Lightnings were lost, _The Men Who Flew the English Electric Lightning_ is a fine record of the last truly great all-British fighter.

English Electric Lightning Genesis And Projects

Author: Tony Wilson
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ISBN: 9781911658405
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Progress on the English Electric Canberra was the main topic of a report written by W E W 'Teddy' Petter on June 17, 1948, but a final paragraph headed 'High Speed Fighter' said, 'Requirements for a high speed fighter are being sent to us...There would probably be two or three prototypes attached to a successful design and a reasonable chance of production orders. Supersonic speeds would be required for short periods.' This marked the beginning of the effort leading to production of the legendary Lightning fighter.English Electric Lightning Genesis and Projects examines how that effort evolved - focusing on the procurement process and the factors that drove decisions about the aircraft configuration and its weapon system. In particular, author Tony Wilson looks at how other procurement programs influenced choices about the Lightning for good or ill.Between English Electric project numbers P1 and P34 there were 15 project numbers between P1 and P34 associated with the Lightning. Some refer to development steps in the aircraft's core program but others were studies to extend the aircraft's capabilities. These designs are explored too along with proposed developments that were never given 'P' numbers.