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Aeroplane Model - English Electric Lightning Object Reg. No: ST 025061

Aircraft History

The English Electric Company was a leading innovator in jet aircraft design. Their Canberra was the first British jet bomber to enter Royal Air Force sevice. Beginning in 1947, English Electric developed a supersonic interceptor fighter design with the design team led by W.E.W. 'Teddy' Petter, son of Sir Ernest Petter founder of the well-known Petter Limited engine manufacturing firm at Yeovil.

The three P.1A development aircraft proved the concept and a further three P.1B aircraft were built with two Rolls-Royce Avon jet engine, one above the other. The first F. Mk 1 Lightning entered RAF service with 74 Squadron in July 1960. English Electric were merged with the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC) in the same year. A series of modifications were made to improve armament and fuel tankage. During the Cold War period of the 1960s and 1970s it was the primary RAF interceptor fighter designed to respond to Russian bombers or patrol aircraft and were frequently based in West Germany. The Lightning was capable of Mach 2 or twice the speed of sound. A twin-seat training version was also built. Export orders were received from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. In 1988 the Lightning was withdrawn from RAF service.

Model History

This scale model was commissioned by the Museum and built by Mr R.D Ramsay.
Discipline: Technology

More information

Tagged with: aeroplanes, fighters, military aircraft, model aeroplanes, scale models
Themes this item is part of: Engineering Collection, Transport Collection
Primary Classification: AIR TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Aircraft
Tertiary Classification: model turbo jet aircraft - military
Model Name/Number: Lightning
Manufacturer of Item Modelled: English Electric Co Ltd (EE), England, Great Britain, 1960

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