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

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

By: Peter Caygill (author)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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Product Details

  • publication date: 30/08/2012
  • ISBN13: 9781848848856
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 208
  • ID: 9781848848856
  • weight: 454
  • ISBN10: 1848848854

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