posted on Jul, 19 2013 @ 04:08 AM
Gaul, I really don't understand why you are labouring this point, as this was not supposed to be a thread about the P-38, but maybe I can clear up a
few things here.
Originally posted by Aloysius the Gaul
I don't know what you mean by "taken on" - that they had serial numbers is not important - all a/c in service have to have a serial number.
I meant 'taken on' simply in the way that so many other aircraft were taken on, given RAF serials and flown, albeit very briefly, by service pilots.
That these were the first Lightnings flown by the RAF was my *only* point but you seem to misconstruing my original intention, which is coming up
And, I repeat, they were not put into service - which is a specific operational state that they never achieved - indeed at least one of them
for example had no armament.
Here you are arguing a point I never tried to make. The article I linked to simply said 'RAF's first Lightning', it made no reference to operational
state, squadron use et al. I fully realise I was being anal, and there are few people around that love the EE Lightning more than me, but it was
actually a more light hearted reference than a serious attempt at correction, if you read my OP it was more about hoping they were wrong about us only
getting one more squadron of the F-35.
I noticed today that reference has been removed, so maybe someone else pointed it out as well?
No - I think you are wrong because you do not understand what the difference between operating and being "in service" is.
the P-38 Lightning was never "in service" with the RAF, therefore the EEC Lightning was the first aircraft in service with the RAF with the Lightning
I understand very well indeed, you are just arguing a point I never made. I repeat, that these were the first Lightnings flown by the RAF was my
edit on 19-7-2013 by waynos because: (no reason given)