The Lightning Boys

The Lightning Boys

Author: Richard Pike

Publisher: Grub Street Publishers

ISBN: 9781909166363

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

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“A good read both to aviators in general and to the Lightning fraternity in particular” (Royal Air Force Historical Society). According to a recent international study, the Lightning is the fifth most popular military aircraft of all time. With over twenty individual stories from former Lightning pilots, this book relates the highs and lows, the dramas and the demands of those who operated this iconic aircraft until its sharp end. Tales include the recollections of an aerobatic display pilot, an implausible yet true account of telepathic communication, and an extraordinary episode in which a Lightning pilot on an exchange program with the French Air Force became embroiled in a mid-air collision. An unverified, but likely genuine, world record is also revealed in one of the chapters. In addition to the original photographs that accompany the text, the renowned aviation artist Chris Stone, a former Lightning pilot himself, has provided a unique sketch as well as copies of some of his paintings, offering a look at this amazing aircraft that will appeal to the general reader as well as the enthusiast.
The Lightning Boys
Language: en
Pages: 224
Authors: Richard Pike
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011-09-20 - Publisher: Grub Street Publishers

“A good read both to aviators in general and to the Lightning fraternity in particular” (Royal Air Force Historical Society). According to a recent international study, the Lightning is the fifth most popular military aircraft of all time. With over twenty individual stories from former Lightning pilots, this book relates
English Electric Lightning
Language: en
Pages: 96
Authors: Martin Derry
Categories: Crafts & Hobbies
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-10-31 - Publisher: Pen and Sword

Developed to intercept increasingly capable Soviet bombers such as the Tupolev Tu-16, Tu-22 and Tu-95, the English Electric/BAC Lightning had a phenomenal rate of climb, a high ceiling, and a top speed of over 1,300mph at 36,000ft, and is a favourite of both aviation enthusiasts and aircraft modellers alike.This homage
The English Electric Lightning
Language: en
Pages: 144
Authors: Martin W. Bowman
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-01-30 - Publisher: Pen and Sword

A photo-packed history of this Cold War-era supersonic fighter aircraft. The early 1950s were a boom time for British aviation. The lessons of six years of war had been learned, and much of the research into jet engines, radar, and aerodynamics had begun to reach fruition. In Britain, jet engine
The Men Who Flew the English Electric Lightning
Language: en
Pages: 288
Authors: Martin W Bowman
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-03-23 - Publisher: Pen and Sword

The early 1950s were a boom time for British aviation. The lessons of six years of war had been learned and much of the research into jet engines, radar and aerodynamics had begun to reach fruition. In Britain, jet engine technology led the world, while wartime developments into swept wing
English Electric/BAC Lightning Mks 1-6
Language: en
Pages: 258
Authors: Kev Darling
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2008-10-01 - Publisher: Lulu.com

The English Electric Lightning was the only British built fighter capable of Mach 2 to enter RAF service. Although frustrated by British officialdom the Lightning did serve with the RSAF and Kuwait. The only flying examples are now at Thunder City in South Africa.