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Lightning Eject: The Dubious Safety Record of Britain's Only Supersonic Fighter  9781848848856


Lightning Eject: The Dubious Safety Record of Britain's Only Supersonic Fighter (Pen & Sword 9781848848856)

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Category:Aviation Books
Subcategory:UK Jet Aircraft
ISBN/Box:9781848848856
Publisher:Pen & Sword
Author:Peter Gaygill
Format:a4
No. Pages:208
Version:hb
Language:English
Availability:only 1 remaining

This product was added to our database on Wednesday 9 January 2013.


Category Aviation Books, Subcategory UK Jet Aircraft, ISBN/Box 9781848848856, Publisher Pen & Sword, Author Peter Gaygill, Format a4, No. Pages 208, Version hb, Language English

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’.



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