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Flight Craft 11: English Electric Lightning (ePub)

Aviation > Royal Air Force

By Martin Derry, Neil Robinson
Imprint: Pen & Sword Aviation
Series: Flight Craft
File Size: 7.3 MB (.epub)
Pages: 96
ISBN: 9781473890572
Published: 20th October 2016


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Developed to intercept increasingly capable Soviet bombers such as the Tupolev Tu-16, Tu-22 and Tu-95, the English Electric/BAC Lightning had a phenomenal rate of climb, a high ceiling, and a top speed of over 1,300mph at 36,000ft, and is a favourite of both aviation enthusiasts and aircraft modellers alike.
This homage to the only all-British Mach 2 interceptor fighter, follows previous Flight Craft book formats, in that it is split in to three main sections.
The first section offers a concise design and development history covering the six main single-seat fighter and two twin-seat trainer Marks; from its first RAF operational squadron deployments in 1960 through to its frontline retirement in 1988, and coverage of the only other two air forces to operate the type, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
This is followed by a 16-page full colour illustration section featuring detailed profiles and 2-views of the colour schemes and markings carried by the type in RAF, Royal Saudi and Kuwait Air Force service.
The final section lists most of the plastic model kits, accessories and decal sheets produced of the EE/BAC Lightning in all the major scales, with photos of finished models made by some of the UK's best modellers.
As with all the other books in the Flight Craft series, whilst published primarily with the scale aircraft modeller in mind, it is hoped that those readers who might perhaps describe themselves as 'occasional' modellers, or even simply aviation enthusiasts, may also find that this colourful and informative work offers something to provoke their interests too.

Also for the excellent quality / price ratio (and like many similar books produced set for Pen & Sword / Seaforth) English Electric Lightning is a valid companion also for those who wish to get information on the English Electric Lightning even from technical point of view only.

STORIA militare, November 2019

As a book for the modeller on the Lightning it offers a pleasing introduction to the aircraft and its use in service, the detail provided for the modeller here will help them identify the specifics of the mark and offers some excellent weathering information. The colour charts will I feel prove popular as they give the modeller information on finishes that otherwise may not have been considered.

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For the Lightning fan and the model builders who like to look at the nice pictures of their favorite plane and examples of beautiful home build scale models this is a nice and informative publication.

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Aviation Book Reviews

If you are at all interested in modelling the Lightning then this is an excellent source. If not, the general history is good, and does fill 57 pages, but you might find that a bit too much space is dedicated to squadron liveries.

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History of War - John Rickard

A concise study, made and summarised very well

Air Fan, April/May 2017 – reviewed by Sam Pretat

It is a fine balancing act to produce a single volume on an aircraft type that appeals - and sells - to both the hardened enthusiast and the dedicated modeller. That the volume here largely succeeds in this aim is a tribute both to the authors and to their choice of the subject matter.

Aeroplane Monthly, March 2017

A great little reference for aircraft enthusiasts and modellers alike.

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Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

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Bridlington Free Press

Highly recommended – a detailed reference for anyone interested in the unique Lightning interceptor and a must for anyone interested in building a scale model of the type.

Scale Modelling Now

This is a well written book that should stimulate your interest in this machine.

Scale Aircraft Modelling

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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About Martin Derry

After leaving Midland County Publications, Martin Derry has been involved with compiling, editing, assisting with and subsequently writing aviation-related books for fifteen years or more, initially with Dalrymple and Verdun Publishing, Crecy and, since 2012, with Pen & Sword for whom he has written several of their Flight Craft series of books with the nostalgist and modeller in mind – Martin currently has other titles in preparation.

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