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Lightning Empire Test Pilots School 1
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Published: March 10, 2019
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The English Electric Lightning Mach 2 fighter entered service with the RAF in 1959 and served throughout the 1960s and well into the Cold War with the RAF, Kuwaiti and Saudi Air Forces.

The design was radical and innovative, with twin Rolls-Royce engines stacked vertically, and staggered to reduce frontal area leading to a climb rate of 50,000 feet a minute, and a top speed of 1,300mph (2,400 km/h)

The Lightning was armed with 2 x 30mm cannon and 2 x Firestreak or Red Top missiles.  The F.53 version was configured for ground attack with rockets and/or bombs.

This example is a Lightning T.5 of the Empire Test Pilots School 1988.
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Fotoref's avatar
Can't wait to see another piece!
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I am updating/adding right now - there will 33 Lightnings in total soon, including new ones for Kuwait and Saudi Arabia...
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