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The English Electric Lightning was Britain's first Mach-2 All weather fighter. It had a unique engine layout with the jets one-above the other, that was intended to improve handling in the case of an engine-out situation, but lead to some interesting packaging problems over the years. Intended to defend Britain from Soviet bombers it was last based in Lincolnshire at RAF Binbrook. The aircraft went through many versions the Mk4 and Mk 6 being two of the finest examples due to improved range and handling. Often known as the Six County display aircraft, it was rarely to be mistaken for an aerobat, though in the 1960's a precursor team to the Red Arrows, The Black Knights, used them for formation displays. Sold in limited numbers it was not a great success in the export market. Its performance always impressed though. The straight line acceleration and it's high altitude performance were mythic. By the late 1980's the fighter was a maintenance nightmare though, and the RAF retired the last, giving a great send off last airshow on a gray and rainy day that clearly demonstrated the all-weather aspects of the aircraft's design.

Lightning. Binbrook 1989

Lightning. Binbrook 1989

Lightning. Binbrook 1989

Lightning. Binbrook 1989

Lightning. Binbrook 1989

Lightning. Binbrook 1989

Lightning. Binbrook 1989

Lightning. Binbrook 1989

Lightning. Binbrook 1989

Lightning. Binbrook 1989


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