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BAC Lightning.

By 213hardy      
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:

V1,V2,V3 Ligthning
V4 Vulcan cockpit.

All C&Cs welcome

Thanks for looking


Tags: General Transport Lightning Planes

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woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
3 Nov 2012 8:44AM
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!


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NaturesHaven 6 283 6 England
3 Nov 2012 8:47AM
Lets hope the Lightning was from 111 sqn.............GrinGrinGrinGrin
colin beeley Plus
15 1.2k 10 England
3 Nov 2012 9:44AM
we should be able to see the lightning fly along with the vulcan ! what a site & sound that would be Wink
Very interesting write up and what a find bet you did get a shock, well spotted and a great capture.

Dave_Collier 12 236 2 England
3 Nov 2012 10:56AM
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.
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
3 Nov 2012 11:52AM
Now that's a crop with a difference! Smile Som3e happy reminiscences there, Den.

Brian65 9 2 United Kingdom
3 Nov 2012 12:01PM
Interesting images Den, thanks for sharing.
Herge88 11 40 4 England
3 Nov 2012 1:41PM
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
3 Nov 2012 3:56PM
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.
meniko 7 Cyprus
3 Nov 2012 7:34PM
I agree with Matt, the processing in V1 is very interesting and make this image very special!
well done,
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
3 Nov 2012 10:05PM
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.
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
8 Nov 2012 9:02PM
Excellent find! Grin
V1 for the artistic compo.
V3 for the full picture. IB

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