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English Electric Lightning F53




Description

The classic lines of the British Lightning interceptor, which was in use across the world from the late 1950's into the 1980's. It's 'party piece' was to stand on it's tail almost from take-off and climb vertically to it's operational height and could achieve a climb rate of 20,000 ft/min.
This particular example is the F53 export version which was multi-roled to provide ground-attack capability as well as interceptor..

Location

Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum, August 2010

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