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.
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 BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/hghh2s6 LINKS: Special discount for our readers http://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/catalogues/aid/1170#catalogue-15 Other Current Discount Offers http://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/sale 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.