English Electric Lightning
Few British aircraft have inspired such love and devotion as the English Electric Lightning. This famous fighter was designed in the 1950s, at a time of urgent need for faster interceptors. It was a long-lived servant of the RAF during the Cold War and was also operated by the Royal Saudi Air Force and Kuwait Air Force. Only 337 examples were built, but its legacy lives on in the relatively large number of survivors, a few of which are kept in ground running condition.
Air Cdre John Mitchell (ret’d), flew more than 1,400 hours on Lightnings, including two years as Officer Commanding 92 Squadron at RAF Gütersloh in West Germany. He talks with Dr Kevin Wright about his experiences on this remarkable aircraft.
When the possibility of RAF fighters coming up against Indonesian P-51 Mustangs during the 1960s confrontation reared its head, one pilot had an idea: pit Lightning against Spitfire
The Gatwick Aviation Museum’s English Electric...
Chris Gibson examines how the weaponry of the English Electric Lightning developed