brianaw

24 Sep 2014 183 views
 
supporter of
atom rss 1.0 rss 2.0
web browser google del.icio.us digg technorati
| lost password
birth date
cancel
photoblog image Cosford RAF Museum (3/7)

Cosford RAF Museum (3/7)

ENGLISH ELECTRIC LIGHTENING P1.A

The English Electric Lightning was a supersonic jet fighter aircraft of the Cold War era. It was designed, developed, and manufactured by English Electric, who were subsequently absorbed by the newly-formed British Aircraft Corporation by government dictate. It was then marketed as the BAC Lightning. The Lightning was the only all-British Mach 2 fighter aircraft and was the first aircraft capable of supercruise. The Lightning was prominently 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.

 

Cosford RAF Museum (3/7)

ENGLISH ELECTRIC LIGHTENING P1.A

The English Electric Lightning was a supersonic jet fighter aircraft of the Cold War era. It was designed, developed, and manufactured by English Electric, who were subsequently absorbed by the newly-formed British Aircraft Corporation by government dictate. It was then marketed as the BAC Lightning. The Lightning was the only all-British Mach 2 fighter aircraft and was the first aircraft capable of supercruise. The Lightning was prominently 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.

 

comments (14)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 24 Sep 2014, 00:32
I do like the idea of a weapon being decommissioned from old age before ever being used as designed, Brian.
Brian Walbey: So do I Ray, oh that such things could happen in the world these days.
  • Alan
  • Crested Butte, Colorado
  • 24 Sep 2014, 02:25
Deterrents are useful things; makes nations stop and think before they start attacking! I wonder is this aircraft was the first to carry the first of so many daft messages that we see these days, such as "Warning - coffee may be hot"?
Brian Walbey: Sadly deterrents are not working in many parts of the world these days.
good framing Brian... i remember seeing this one... but i didn't get the facts on it... thanks for the update....petersmile
Brian Walbey: I rather thought that this particular aircraft didn't look all that strong, the bodywork looks a bit like it's made from tin can materials.
So..We don't know if it works....?? smile
Brian Walbey: Well we knew it flew but fortunately we didn't have to find out if it works.
Superb capture with all these reflections Brian!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard, there was all sorts of stuff round it so I didn't take the whole plane.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 24 Sep 2014, 06:05
Love the metal on this and the reflections
Brian Walbey: It does look a bit tin cannish though I feel.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 24 Sep 2014, 06:32
I suppose that is what Defence is all about, Brian
Brian Walbey: Indeed it is Lisl but sadly there are parts of the world not deterred by such things at all these days.
I LOVE the RAF logo, Brian, and got more excited about it than the actual planes that day. HA!
Brian Walbey: It is a very fine logo isn't it, I wonder if it would have had to change if we'd lost Scotland from the U.K.?
It always looked the part
Brian Walbey: And went even better Bill.
love the roundel on all that shiny metal.
Brian Walbey: It is a very fine logo isn't it, I wonder if it would have had to change if we'd lost Scotland from the U.K.?
The ultimate deterrent never to be used, in an ideal world this would always be the case but -
Brian Walbey: But as we speak airborne bombs and rockets are being deployed and soon some of them might be ours!!!!!
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 24 Sep 2014, 15:24
Interesting history. Great reflections, I wonder if it was as shiny as this when it was in action
Brian Walbey: I guess it might have been shiny like this Anne, it looks a bit like tin can material but I guess it is stronger.
  • gutteridge
  • where latitude and attitude meet
  • 24 Sep 2014, 18:44
I rather like the unpainted style of aircraft Brian, the lightning was electric.
Brian Walbey: Yes plenty of reflections and a super aircraft IMHO.
Sound advice!
Brian Walbey: Strange that a particular type of aircraft has come and gone without ever being used in anger.

Leave a comment

must fill in
[stop comment form]
show
for this photo I'm in a any and all comments icon ShMood©
camera Olympus E-450
exposure mode program mode
shutterspeed 1/30s
aperture f/4.4
sensitivity ISO200
focal length 21.0mm
Whitby 'Choccie Box' Style 11/14Whitby 'Choccie ...
A Look At Lakeland (1 of quite a few)A Look At Lakela...
Osborne House - Part 2 3/6Osborne House - ...

Warning