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English Electric (B.A.C.) Lightning in Royal Air Force and Foreign Service (Aircam Aviation 37)
By Roger Levy
Publisher: Osprey 1973 52 Pages
PDF 9 MB
More than 20 years since its conception, and over a decade since its service introduction, the English Electric (BAC) Lightning is still one of the world's finest interceptor aircraft and is likely to remain the mainstay of Britain's fighter defences for ai least a further four or five years and possibly even longer, as well as serving With the air forces of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
Not only does the Lightning have an outstanding rate of climb (initially abour 50,000 fr./min.). a maximum speed of the order of Mach 2.27 (1,500 m.p.h.)> and a service ceiling well in excess of 60,000 feet, but it combines this performance with highly responsive yet docile handling characteristics throughout its flight envelope, making it both an enjoyable aircraft to fly and a stable and effective weapons system.