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Lightning from the Cockpit (ePub)

Aviation > Aviation Biography & Memoirs Aviation > Post-WWII Aviation

By Peter Caygill
Imprint: Pen & Sword Aviation
File Size: 4.9 MB (.epub)
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781781594285
Published: 19th January 2006


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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 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. To see a Lightning take off and climb vertically until it vanishes into the sky was one of the most spectacular sights in aviation. The lengthy Appendices include original offical pilot notes, cockpit layout and operational interception routines.

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Modellers, enthusiasts and historians are sure to welcome the previously unpublished information and interesting photographs the author has at his disposal.

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As a guide to the technical and operating aspects of the aircraft it is an indispensable reference giving the reader all the 'ins and outs' and 'nuts and bolts', and providing an accurate and informative picture of the 'Lighting from the Cockpit'

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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 USA

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About Peter Caygill

Peter Caygill is one of Britain's foremost aviation historians. His careful research includes meeting many pilots and aircrew who can relate first-hand experiences of flying the aircraft in question. Peter's previously published books include Lightning from the Cockpit published by Pen & Sword and the Airlife Combat Legend Series - Focke Wulfe FW-190, Spitfire Mks I-V and Spitfire Mks VI - F.24 and also Jet Jockeys and Spitfire Mk V in Action.

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