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Filename: aerofilms_a187844.jpg

Size: 4300 x 4386 (7.2MB)

Date: 22nd December 2009

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive Aerofilms C

Copyright Status: Copyrighted Work

Source: English Heritage Images

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Lightning EAW187844

RAF English Electric Lightning F1 flying over the sea in 1968. The Lightning served with the RAF as a fighter or interceptor between 1959 and 1988. Faster and more agile even than many of todays fighter aircraft, its low range and limited payload for armament reduced its usefulness in relation to more recent competitors. Aerofilms Collection (see Links)

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> Flight > RAF100

> Air planes (OLD)

> Historic Images > 1960 to the present day

> Historic Images > Aerofilms Collection (1919-2006)

> Transport > Aircraft


EDITORS COMMENTS
This print captures the awe-inspiring power and grace of the RAF English Electric Lightning F1 as it soars through the skies over the vast expanse of the sea in 1968. The Lightning, a formidable fighter and interceptor aircraft, faithfully served with the Royal Air Force for nearly three decades between 1959 and 1988. Renowned for its exceptional speed and agility, this iconic aircraft was even faster and more nimble than many of today's modern fighters. However, despite its remarkable capabilities, its limited range and payload capacity ultimately diminished its effectiveness when compared to newer competitors. The image showcases not only the sleek design of this legendary plane but also highlights its dominance in flight. Against a backdrop of endless blue waters, one can almost feel the sheer power emanating from every inch of this magnificent machine. Preserved within Historic England's Aerofilms Collection, this photograph is a testament to both technological advancement and military prowess. It serves as a reminder of an era when aviation pushed boundaries and sparked imaginations worldwide. Whether you are an aviation enthusiast or simply appreciate breathtaking aerial photography, this stunning print offers a glimpse into history that will leave you captivated by both beauty and innovation.

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