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Lightning eject
Great Britain. Royal Air Force.
BAC Lightning (Jet fighter plane)--History.
BAC Lightning (Jet fighter plane)--Design and construction.
Aircraft accidents--Great Britain.
Illustrative Content
Geographic Coverage
Great Britain
DDC: 623.7464 full
LCC: UG1242.F5 C3948 2012 (Source: dlc)
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Lccn: 2012462776
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Index present
The English Electric Lightning entered RAF squadron service in 1960 and continued flying in the interceptor role until 1988. It had a stunning world-beating performance with a top speed in excess of Mach 2 and a climb rate that would take it to 40,000 feet in a little over 3 minutes. The aircraft's safety record, however, left much to be desired. During a period in the early 1970s the attrition rate was the loss of a Lightning every month. There was a six per cent chance of a pilot experiencing an engine fire and a one in four chance that he would not survive. This book looks at Lightning accidents and incidents in chronological order using the official accident reports, Board of Enquirey findings and first-hand accounts from pilots. It puts the reader very much 'in the cockpit'.
Table Of Contents
The Lightning in service
A golden age
Enter the F.6
The Lightning worldwide
The engine fire epidemic
Lightning accident review
Picking up the pieces
Still supreme
Lightning liar
Lightning swansong
The final reckoning.
Authorized Access Point
Caygill, Peter. Lightning eject