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English Electric Lightning promo film from the 1960´s

March 27, 2017

English Electric Lightning promo film from the 1960´s

English Electric Lightning promo film from the 1960s

(Above photo: Nine Lightning F.1s of No.74 Squadron display at the 1961 SBAC show, Farnborough by TSRL)

"Tiger 74 take-off......"This film has lots of great scenes featuring the E.E. Lightning along with some, slightly dubious, period music. Not enough jet blast noise in our opinion but worth watching all the same. "Tiger 74 your target is flight level 450, speed Mach 1.2..." The final part showing the Lightnings climbing out from take-off and going near vertical with only the light from the re-heats showing must have been something worth experiencing.

RAF 74 Squadron roundel

RAF 74 Squadron roundel

According to this No. 74 Squadron RAF Wikipedia page, Tiger Squadron was equipped with the Lightning from 1960 until 1971.

There are many references to the E.E. Lightning in the book "F4 Phantom" by Robert Prest.

Maybe you worked with Lightnings, flew them or know somebody who has? Make a comment and share your story.





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