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on 11 April 2016
A fascinating book detailing the life in service of the incredible English Electric Lightning interceptor. Essentially, 2 afterburning Rolls Royce Avon engines sitting atop each other with 2 wings bolted on and a pilot strapped in at the front. The performance, and the fuel consumption, was legendary, as was the poor reliability. This book follows this machine through its various marks and versions, listing all the accidents, the pilots' accounts, and the Board of Enquiry findings.
There's plenty of technical detail and aviation jargon in here, but it's still readable even if you have no great knowledge of such terms, a great book, well worth reading.
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on 13 September 2013
I really did enjoy this book and didn't realise the stress the pilots must have been under flying it I remember as a child waiting patiently for the lightning display at an airshow and feeling my bones rattle in my body throughout the display little wondering the struggles of the pilots flying the lightning the book although technical was very readable which sometimes doesn't happen with a book of this type I will be reading the rest of the series by the author absolutely brilliant.
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on 26 February 2014
A good well rounded report on the service life from start to finish of the lighting. Not a dull list of items but more in depth research giving the back story of why various oddities arose during the service and production of the aircraft, the iterim fixes that were made and finally the whole life story of this fantastic aircraft. Definitely an enthusiasts read, but not hard work at all, really enjoyable.
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on 12 November 2017
Some exciting stories by the heroes who flew what was at the time the fastest single seat fighter, more please !
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on 16 August 2014
A revealing warts and all account of the classic jet. This book highlights the dangers of manned supersonic flight, combat manoeuvres and advanced (in it's day) technology and the many things that can go awry, often with fatal consequences. Worth reading for aviation enthusiasts and Lightning fans alike.
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on 31 October 2017
Really enjoyed this. Yes, it is just the history of Lightning incidents & accidents through out its carer. But it is well written with lots of information & photographs. If you like anything to do with this wonderful aircraft, I suggest you get yourself a copy.
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on 26 March 2014
If you are a fan of the Lightning this is essential reading, if you ever wondered why they got nicknamed "The Frightning" this book will leave you in no doubt as to why. Some great pictures and obviously well researched, makes for a cracking read overall and gives you more insight into the Lightnings service history. Brilliant.
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on 30 July 2013
Very interesting book about this fantastic aircraft. Contains lots of interesting facts and figures about the subject matter. I would have scored it 5 out of 5 however the presentation of the statistics in the text eg. accident rates by year, could be improved by using tables or graphs. Otherwise a great book!
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on 18 November 2014
Very informative and interesting review of all Lightning accident statistics. Anyone who follows the Lightning will find this well written, factual compendium puts this iconic Cold War jet's safety record in perspective when compared with F104 Starfighter. Highly recommended.
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on 30 September 2015
That's why there no Lightnings flying in UK now.
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