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Electric Lightning

The English Electric Lightning was a supersonic British fighter aircraft of the Cold War era, particularly remembered for its great speed and natural metal exterior. The Lightning was used throughout much of its service life by the Royal Air Force and the Royal Saudi Air Force. The aircraft was a stunning performer at airshows; it broke the world air-speed record and was the first aircraft capable of supercruise. The Lightning was one of the highest performance planes in formation aerobatics.

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Aircrafts completed in Illustrator CS - gradient mesh
Background added using airbrush - Paint Shop Pro 6
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Brown-Fox-Warrior's avatar
Found this since my instructor brought it up on a Blender modeling course.
Maikeru1989's avatar
First EE Lightning Image i've looked at on DA, wasn't sure i'd even find any, the only word i have for this is...


Apart from the TSR-2 (which was part Vickers & didn't reach RAF service) "The Flying Engine" (as she was nicknamed ; ) remains English Electric's Greatest Ever Aircraft, as well as it's final Swansong.

Daoryan's avatar
HEY, great work! ^^

I'd like you see the :iconxsdude: gallery, he does too many things in illustrator (cars, planes, etc).. You maybe like them..

Kryptid's avatar
Great job. There are pretty much no flaws that I can detect. The Lightning was a great plane.
NemaPovratka's avatar
they both have the same regs...
magnoct's avatar
My new desktop! Brilliant!
fraggingfreek's avatar
Awesome picture, Awesome plane
wakdor's avatar
Thanks mate !
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cooperpa's avatar
how did it get its name?
maximesz's avatar
hmm.... absolutely stunning....
Black6's avatar
awesome as ever!

i love lightnings..

did i mention i love lightnings :P
kenpoist's avatar
Great work!
My only critique is the second planes numbers should have been different. imho
However, the overall piece is outstanding.
wakdor's avatar and your super sharp eyes :-)
Thanks mate !
enriqueyoshinobu's avatar
Wakdor you to have much talent! You use the Painter IX too?
The noise of the fighter is similar Mig 21.
wakdor's avatar
No...everything was done using mesh tool in Adobe Illustrator, except for the cloud in the background which was airbrushed using Paint Shop Pro 6. I have Painter but till I can get my hand on a wacom tablet its all Illustrator for now !
Dantespice's avatar
i love you mesh work! keep them coming!
wakdor's avatar
Thank you, glad you like it !
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