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on 4 August 2017
It is always interesting to gain first hand perspectives of an aircraft, this is supplied by the author's assembly of differing views from those lucky enough to have had the chance to fly this awesome jet. You get the chance to not only to compare it to its contemporaries but also to read about the difficulties of flying a machine in this early era of military jets. Fascinating stuff.
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on 16 August 2017
Well written and easy to read with just enough technical content for the more knowledgeable to get their teeth into. Showed the faults of the aircraft as well as its many great assets
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on 28 October 2008
Really enjoyed this. There's a lot of technical detail which I found fascinating along with vivid accounts from the pilots. The stories were new to me despite having quite a few books on the subject already. Brian Carroll's memories of getting a Lightning F53 so high he was doing Mach 2 but still only just above stall speed is a great tale for instance!

Recommended.
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on 31 October 2009
This is not a book for those who expect chapters of 'derring do' from past pilots of this aircraft.
The book is indeed full of facts, performance figures, development history and also narrative from the brave guys who sat in the cockpit, but for me, the Title was a slight embellishment of the books content. This is not to detract from the amount of time and effort the author obviously put into the production of this book, but there are many chapters of aircraft research and performance data which left me skipping some of those pages.
A more obvious title would have been similar to the heading of this review.
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on 4 June 2013
This is a short but highly informative book. Just 180 pages, but it will tell you (almost) anything you'd like to know about the technical aspects of operating the English Electric/BAC Lightning. Personally, I found the most interesting chapter to be 'Lightning versus U-2', which describes high-altitude interception training conducted with this iconic recon jet. And you will find a lot more of such trivia within the book. It also features three highly valuable appendices.

Do take note, however, that the book is very technical in terms of language and facts described. If you have little expertise in the field, reading might become tedious in certain points.
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on 1 March 2009
A fascinating in-sight into the science behind the design & production of a brilliant example of British engineering at it's best; some highly technical bits to keep the 'techies' enthralled, and some amazing first hand descriptions of flying, operating & maintaining what was a fantastic aircraft, then and now.
If you love Lightnings, then this is for you; snd please support the LPG too!!
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on 8 September 2013
An excellent read for anyone interested in the development and operation of this 1950's "Rocket " plane, especially if you are a private pilot as well as a commercial or military pilot.
There is a lot of good technical information about the aircraft's development, and the incredible operation of this fighter which was able to achieve such very high altitude performance.
Excellent reports from test pilots as well as operational pilots
Amazing to think that Britain developed such high technology just a few years after WW2.
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on 9 December 2013
Peter Caygill had a wonderful career in the RAF and was fortunate to fly and operate Britain's front line fighters of the 1950's and 60's. This is one of the best books of the period I have ever read, as the author balances the mind blowing performance of the Lightning with operational issues such as reliability and performing it's operational role of interception when it carried such little fuel.

Well written and a great read. Would highly recommend.
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on 3 December 2014
Excellent reading for those that enjoy more technical material; plenty of test and operational pilot analysis of this greatest fighter of the Cold War era. Some interesting comparisons with NATO and other contemporary fighters of the period. What is clearly evident is the high regard with which all who had the privilege of flying this magnificent fighter held it. Very enjoyable.
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on 9 December 2013
As mentioned previously this would be better titled "Everything that I found out about the Lightning". Whilst there's plenty of stuff of interest to the Lightning enthusiast, there's also a lot of fairly dry, and at times repetitive, information especially where the flying characteristics of each mark are covered.
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