Lightning from the Cockpit by Peter Caygill
Flying the Supersonic Legend

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The English Electric Lightning was the only single-seat supersonic interceptor fighter designed and manufactured in the UK. It saw service with the RAF in the sixties and seventies and gained a worthy reputation for its speed ( in excess of Mach 2 ) and phenomenal rate of climb. It was, however, a not entirely reliable airplane and over fifty were lost during its operational career. In this book, the author has gathered together 16 personal accounts of what it was like to fly the Lightning, thrilling stories that convey the immense brute power of the machine and also it’s many pitfalls. It will enthrall the enormous following the aircraft still enjoys. Two are now flying in South Africa and four are being restored to flight-worthy condition in the UK. To see a Lightning take off and climb vertically until it vanishes into the sky is one of the most spectacular sights in aviation.


About Peter Caygill

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Caygill has had a lifelong interest in aviation history. He obtained his Private Pilot's Licence in 1979 and is a member of Cleveland Flying School.
Published March 19, 2006 by Pen & Sword. 182 pages
Genres: History, War, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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