ARMED LIGHTNINGS TO STRIKE

THE LIGHTNING WAS A COLD WAR SUPERSONIC FIGHTER AND MET INTRUDING SOVIET BOMBERS OVER THE NORTH SEA. CHRIS GIBSON EXAMINES HOW ITS WEAPONRY DEVELOPED

Lightning F.6 XR753 of 23 Squadron escorting a Tupolev Tu-95 ‘Bear-D’. The Lightning is carrying the DH Red Top AAMs and the muzzle openings for the ADEN cannon can be seen towards the front of the belly tank. TERRY PANOPALIS COLLECTION

English Electric Lightning pilots used interception tactics in the early days of the aircraft’s service, strategies that might seem rather odd today.

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