The Men Who Flew the English Electric Lightning

Martin W Bowman

 
Date Published :
July 2020
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
70 black and white illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781526705648
Pages : 288
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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Overview
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The early 1950s were a boom time for British aviation. The lessons of six years of war had been learned and much of the research into jet engines, radar and aerodynamics had begun to reach fruition. In Britain, jet engine technology led the world, while wartime developments into swept wing design in Germany and their transonic research program were used to give western design teams a quantum leap in aircraft technology. At English Electric, 'Teddy' Petter's design team were keen to capitalize on the success of their Canberra jet bomber and rose to the challenge of providing a high speed interceptor for the RAF.

Martin W. Bowman describes the career of the Lightning in detail using first-hand accounts of what it was like to fly and service this thoroughbred. Illustrated with over 200 color and b/w photographs, appendices listing Lightning squadrons, production totals, individual aircraft histories and with the first in-depth analysis into why a third of all Lightnings were lost, _The Men Who Flew the English Electric Lightning_ is a fine record of the last truly great all-British fighter.

About The Author
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Martin Bowman is one of Britain's leading aviation authors and has written a great deal of books focussing on aspects of Second World War aviation history. He lives in Norwich in Norfolk. He is the author of many Pen and Sword Aviation titles, including all releases in the exhaustive Air War D-Day and Air War Market Garden series.

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