English Electric Lightning by Derry Martin Robinson Neil
Developed to intercept increasingly capable Soviet bombers such as the Tupolev Tu-16 Tu-22 and Tu-95 the English Electric/BAC Lightning had a phenomenal rate of climb a high ceiling and a top speed of over 1300mph at 36000ft and is a favourite of both aviation enthusiasts and aircraft modellers alike. This homage to the only all-British Mach 2 interceptor fighter follows previous Flight Craft book formats in that it is split in to three main sections. The first section offers a concise design and development history covering the six main single-seat fighter and two twin-seat trainer Marks; from its first RAF operational squadron deployments in 1960 through to its frontline retirement in 1988 and coverage of the only other two air forces to operate the type Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. This is followed by a 16-page full colour illustration section featuring detailed profiles and 2-views of the colour schemes and markings carried by the type in RAF Royal Saudi and Kuwait Air Force service.The final section lists most of the plastic model kits accessories and decal sheets produced of the EE/BAC Lightning in all the major scales with photos of finished models made by some of the UK's best modellers. As with all the other books in the Flight Craft series whilst published primarily with the scale aircraft modeller in mind it is hoped that those readers who might perhaps describe themselves as 'occasional' modellers or even simply aviation enthusiasts may also find that this colourful and informative work offers something to provoke their interests too.