While a generation of aviation enthusiasts will soon think of the F-35 as the Lightning, for those of us “of a certain age” the term will conjure up one image alone… A sleek, silver aircraft roaring off the runway and suddenly going vertical till it is almost out of sight! The English Electric Lightning was Britain’s indigenous Mach 2 interceptor. It reigned supreme from 1959 to 1988, and even intercepted a U-2 at altitudes the Americans thought their spyplane was safe at. It was an airshow favorite and is still sadly missed. The FSX aircraft shown here is from Just Flight.
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