Flight Craft, English Electric Lighting

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The publisher's Flight Craft series is rapidly becoming the standard 
reference series for serious modellers and model engineers. This new 
book covers the remarkable English Electric Lightning in all of the 
detail this series is famous for. There are the usual high quality 
full colour drawings, together with outstanding photographs, many 
also in full colour. Highly recommended for modellers, but also an 
excellent book for anyone with an interest in aviation.

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NAME: Flight Craft, English Electric Lighting
FILE: R2402
AUTHOR:  Martin Derry, Neil Robinson
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: soft back 
PAGES:  96
PRICE: £16.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: RAF, supersonic warplanes, Mach 2+, twin jet, point defence, 
AAM, in-flight refuelling, conformal tank, model kits, specialist 
accessories
ISBN: 1-47389-055-1
IMAGE: B2402.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: The publisher's Flight Craft series is rapidly becoming 
the standard reference series for serious modellers and model 
engineers. This new book covers the remarkable English Electric 
Lightning in all of the detail this series is famous for. There are 
the usual high quality full colour drawings, together with 
outstanding photographs, many also in full colour. Highly recommended 
for modellers, but also an excellent book for anyone with an interest 
in aviation.

The English Electric Lightning was another advanced design from the 
small English Electric Company who had produced the outstanding 
Canberra jet bomber. Remarkably, design work on both aircraft began 
during WWII and was light years ahead of anything from any other 
aircraft design team. In 1944, when no one had yet managed to achieve 
controlled flight at the speed of sound, the Lightning was expected to 
achieve more than twice the speed of sound, which it did without any 
problem when the first prototypes flew. The manufacturer suffered 
from dithering politicians who did so much to damage the British 
aviation industry and also suffered as a relatively small company. In 
due course, English Electric was acquired by GEC which was rapidly 
expanding during the 1960s and 1970s to become a one stop shop for 
military requirements. A very ambitious re-funding program was worked 
out to expand English Electric and undertake further revolutionary 
aircraft development work. Unfortunately, the politicians had their 
own badly thought out ideas of what the British aviation industry 
should look like and they forced the merging of almost all aircraft 
design and production companies into what eventually became BAE 
Systems. That, together with paltry MoD orders for a shrinking Armed 
Forces ensured that many huge opportunities were lost.

The Lightning entered service much later than it should have done, 
but it was still an outstanding machine that set new records. It 
suffered from the close mounting of the two engines, one above the 
other, which often resulted in engine bay fires. The aircraft was 
also at the leading edge of component technology and this meant that 
the number of engineering hours to flight hours was horrendous, but it 
was well-worth it to have such sparkling performance in an aircraft 
loved by its pilots. It was probably the last pilot's aircraft in RAF 
service even thought its primary armament was a pair of Firestreak 
missiles.

The specification to which the production Lightnings were built 
envisaged a point defence machine that could take off and rocket up 
to attack altitude faster than any other machine. That inevitably 
meant that the Lightning had short legs. Much effort went into 
increasing fuel supplies onboard and over wing ferry tanks were added, 
together with in-flight refuelling capability.

From the P1b prototype, the Lightning has always been a well-known 
and favoured subject for modellers. This book includes the detailed 
review of kits that should still be available, some requiring a 
careful search and a deeper pocket, but there are still several 
excellent in-production kits available with the Airfix 1/48 scale 
kits being amongst the finest.

A fascinating and impressive aircraft with matching model kits.