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Got a bit of a shock yesterday, was delivering to a farm, turned a corner on drive to head towards the yard and was met by this! A BAC Lightning and a Vulcan Cockpit. Turns out the farmer and his mate collect them. Didn't realy have time to have a good nosey around, just a few quick shots, but have the fellas number, he's said i can go back when i want even take the kids.

So here's the anorak bit:
The English Electric Lightning is a supersonic jet fighter aircraft of the Cold War era, noted for its great speed and unpainted metal exterior finish. It is the only all-British Mach 2 fighter aircraft and was the first aircraft in the world capable of supercruise. The Lightning was renowned for its capabilities as an interceptor; pilots commonly described it as "being saddled to a skyrocket". Following English Electric's integration into the unified British Aircraft Corporation, the aircraft was marketed as the BAC Lightning.

The Lightning was prominently used by the Royal Air Force RAF and the Royal Saudi Air Force. The aircraft was a regular performer at airshows, it is one of the highest-performance aircraft ever used in formation aerobatics. Following retirement in the late 1980s, many of the remaining aircraft became museum exhibits; until 2010, three examples were kept flying at "Thunder City" in Cape Town, South Africa. In September 2008, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers conferred on the Lightning its "Engineering Heritage Award" at a ceremony at BAE Systems' site at Warton Aerodrome.

And here's even more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_Electric_Lightning

V1,V2,V3 Ligthning
V4 Vulcan cockpit.

All C&Cs welcome

Thanks for looking

Den

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3000 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:55.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:2 Nov 2012 - 12:50 AM
Focal Length:55mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.4
Aperture:f/4.5
Shutter Speed:1/500sec
Exposure Comp:+2/3
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:As Shot
Title:BAC Lightning.
Username:213hardy 213hardy
Uploaded:3 Nov 2012 - 8:32 AM
Tags:General, Lightning. Planes, Transport
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woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 8woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
3 Nov 2012 - 8:44 AM

I was amazed to see this, and even more amazed to read that my I.D. was correct. If it had been a flower I would have failed!

My father had to photograph the Farnborough Air Show in the 50s and 60s and took me along a few times. I remember both these aircraft well, both the deafening rumble from the Vulcan's engines as it took off a hundred metres away and the even louder Lightning with engines on full re-heat as it accelerated over the Press enclosure. Having also experienced rockets being fired I must admit to the Lightning being much more exciting!
One used to stand in a field beside the A1 somewhere in Lincolnshire or further south.....

Ta for the memories!

Regards
Bill

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NaturesHaven
NaturesHaven e2 Member 3254 forum postsNaturesHaven vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
3 Nov 2012 - 8:47 AM

Lets hope the Lightning was from 111 sqn.............GrinGrinGrinGrin

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colin beeley
colin beeley e2 Member 111072 forum postscolin beeley vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
3 Nov 2012 - 9:44 AM

we should be able to see the lightning fly along with the vulcan ! what a site & sound that would be Wink

Last Modified By colin beeley at 3 Nov 2012 - 9:44 AM

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JohnChambersPhotography

Very interesting write up and what a find bet you did get a shock, well spotted and a great capture.

John

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Dave_Collier
3 Nov 2012 - 10:56 AM

It is amazing where these aircraft keep cropping up! I used to work on these aircraft in my early RAF career, first at 226 OCU where pilots were trained to fly these high speed machines, and then on 19 Squadron in Germany. A few years later I did a few months doing structural repairs to Vulcan bombers.

Interesting set of images. If you want to see lightnings moving about under their own power there are two at Bruntingthorpe that are part of a collection of aircraft from the Cold War era.

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41077 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England136 Constructive Critique Points
3 Nov 2012 - 11:52 AM

Now that's a crop with a difference! Smile Som3e happy reminiscences there, Den.

Dave

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Brian65
Brian65 e2 Member 5Brian65 vcard United Kingdom
3 Nov 2012 - 12:01 PM

Interesting images Den, thanks for sharing.
Brian

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Herge88
Herge88 e2 Member 740 forum postsHerge88 vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
3 Nov 2012 - 1:41 PM

Shame to see it in this condition, but a great set of images, I particularly like what you have done with version one.

Best Matt

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Alan_Baseley
Alan_Baseley e2 Member 13323 forum postsAlan_Baseley vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
3 Nov 2012 - 3:56 PM

In the late 80's I was working on RAF Leeming as part of the redevelopment to take the then new Tornados and as the station became operational again and the Tornado squadrons moved in, one of them (I'm not quite sure which but I think it was 11 Squadron) which had previously been flying Lightnings had one of them in one of the hangers. The plan at the time, as I understood it, was for the groundcrew to work on the Lightning in their spare time and get it flying again.
I left for another site shortly afterwards and I never found out if they got it flying again or what happened to that Lightning. Maybe it's the one in you've just photographed.

Last Modified By Alan_Baseley at 3 Nov 2012 - 3:58 PM

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meniko
meniko e2 Member 3meniko vcard Cyprus
3 Nov 2012 - 7:34 PM

I agree with Matt, the processing in V1 is very interesting and make this image very special!
well done,
meniko

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 8481 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1070 Constructive Critique Points
3 Nov 2012 - 10:05 PM

Finally got here... I'll stick with V3, I don't think this needs selective colour. Simplicity speaks volumes, it's an amazing subject and story.
Moira

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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 4Chinga vcard United Kingdom
8 Nov 2012 - 9:02 PM

Excellent find! Grin
V1 for the artistic compo.
V3 for the full picture. IB

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