GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

Aviation Newscharts the units that operated the amazing English Electric Lightning fighter in RAF service.

ENGLISH ELECTRIC LIGHTNING SPECIAL

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The final days of the type in RAF service in the late 1980s: F.6 XR728/JS, in Lightning Training Flight markings. This aircraft is kept in live condition at Bruntingthorpe. See the feature that starts on p42 for more on this aircraft and the Lightning Preservation Group.

While the number of English Electric Lightnings built – 337, including 25 preproduction, prototype and test aircraft – mean it wasn’t the most numerous type to be operated by the RAF, the charismatic fighter does have a special place in the service’s long history. The Lightning was, for example, the only all-British fighter capable of Mach 2 and it was also the RAF’s longest serving interceptor.

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