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

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

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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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  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 208 pages, 60
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Air forces & warfare
  • ISBN: 9781848848856

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