posted on Dec, 26 2012 @ 05:33 PM
reply to post by Imagewerx
The Lightning was an awesome aeroplane. I remember the first time I saw one do a vertical climb on full burner at Finningley Air Show in about 1976,
There is a fair bit of misconception around that the Lightning was purely a straight line 'point and squirt' type, but that is utterly wrong, it
could not only climb fast, but it could also outturn anything in the sky until a new generation of fighters appeared in the 1970's.
There is a flight test report reproduced in the book Testing Early Jets where a USAF test pilot enthuses wildly about how much he loves the Lightning
because it is "faster than an F-104 but turns like an F-86!" as he put it.
Yeah, yeah, short range, only two missiles, crashed a lot, blah, blah, who cares about that stuff, lol. It was a real hot rod.
The F-15 is hugely impressive, while I only really got to appreciate the F-14 in the Final Countdown and Top Gun, but the Lightning had a certain
magic about it.