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Lightning GB 5 Squadron 3

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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 F.6 of 5 Squadron RAF 1987.
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AtolmAzelProfessional General Artist
The EEL is my absolute favorite aircraft of all time! Thanks for doing her.  BTW your skill is amazing!
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No problem.  It was pretty much a dead cert - I remember Lightnings at air shows, and my dad was a Chief Technician in the RAF, and in charge of a Lightning Simulator at RAF Coltishall, so kind of in my blood going way back lol
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Midway2009Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome work. :clap: