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'.
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
Many RAF fighter pilots in the RAF were keen to fly the Mach 2 Lightning, but it was quite a complex aircraft and was to prove to have a questionable safety record. The book deals with a large number of the accidents, a sober story but which deserves to be told. Aeroplane