Lucky Man has a Fighter Jet In His Garden
The chairman and secretary of The Lightning Association Charles has a English Electric Lightning fighter in his garden
The unique obsession of Charles started when we was in his garden watching a Lightning fly from the nearby RAF station. “He thought idly,” that “it’d be nice to have some memento of these aeroplanes when they stop flying.”
The The Lightning Association is dedicated to preserving the heritage of the Lightning and even own one that is capable of engine runs, known as XR724.
The English Electric Lightning is a supersonic fighter aircraft of the Cold War era. It manufactured by English Electric, which was subsequently absorbed by the newly formed British Aircraft Corporation. It was then marketed as the BAC Lightning.
The Lightning was the only all-British Mach 2 fighter aircraft. The Lightning was used by the Royal Air Force (RAF) and the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF). Although it was the RAF’s primary interceptor for more than two decades, it was never required to attack another aircraft.
The Lightning is powered by two Rolls-Royce Avon turbojet engines in a unique staggered stacked installation in the fuselage.
The Lightning was initially designed and developed as an interceptor to defend the V bomber airfields from attack by anticipated future nuclear-armed supersonic Soviet bombers such as what emerged as the Tupolev Tu-22, but it was subsequently also required to intercept other bomber aircraft such as the Tupolev Tu-16 and the Tupolev Tu-95.
The Lightning has exceptional rate of climb, ceiling, and speed; pilots have described flying it as “being saddled to a skyrocket
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