Lightning from the Cockpit (Kindle)
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 aeroplane 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 its many pitfalls. It will enthrall the enormous following the aircraft still enjoys.
Since the accident in 2009 there are currently no Lightnings in the air anywhere in the world but there is a two-seat Lightning T.5 under long-term rebuild to fly in the USA however.
Lightning from the cockpit: by Peter Caygill Tells the story of the design and development history of the lightning jet. the high point is 16 personal accounts of supersonic flying that put you in the cockpit at mach 2 and 40 thousand plus feet and accounts of test flying by the late Roland Beamont add lots of action!. 185 pages and 39 photos make is a great read! Johnny Allred ABQ. NM USAJohnny Allred