The English Electric Lightning was a British supersonic fighter aircraft of the Cold War era, remembered for its great speed and natural metal exterior. It is the only all-British Mach 2 fighter aircraft. English Electric was later incorporated into the British Aircraft Corporation, later marks being developed and produced as the BAC Lightning Renowned for its capabilities as an interceptor, RAF pilots described it as "being saddled to a skyrocket"
Manufacturer English Electric
Designed by Teddy Petter
Maiden flight 4 August 1954 (P.1A) 4 April 1957
Introduced December 1959
Retired 1988 (RAF)
Primary users Royal Air Force
Kuwait Air Force
Royal Saudi Air Force
Number built 337 (including prototypes)
Two-seat side-by-side training version, based on the F3.
22 production aircraft built
One former RAF aircraft later converted to T55 for Saudia Arabia (crashed before delivery)
Two former RAF aircraft later civilian operated
By adrbr @ 2008-02-28 21:16:37