The legendary English Electric Lightning - One of my favourite Cold War era jets. It's astonishing ROC and exceptional performance marked it out as ahead of it's time and a pilot's favourite.

The legendary English Electric Lightning One of my favourite Cold War era jets. It's astonishing ROC and exceptional performance marked it out as ahead of it's time and a real pilot's favourite.

The unusual vertical take-off and landing abilities enabled Harrier and Sea…

Last hurrah for the Harrier: Jump jets take to the skies for their final farewell

The unusual vertical take-off and landing abilities enabled Harrier and Sea Harrier jump jets to fly in and out of areas near to the battlefield

TSR2  faster with one engine on reheat than an English Electric Lightning  with both engines on reheat, wow that is fast.

British Aircraft Corporation (BAC) - Royal Air Force (RAF) - faster with one engine on reheat than an English Electric Lightning with both engines on reheat, wow that is fast!

Transport of seventeen J35D in Linköping, southern Sweden, SAAB headquarters, 1966.

airsoftgrenades: “ Transport of seventeen in Linköping where the SAAB headquarters is based. The year was (x/post from r/Sweden) —- Military Shop: ”

UK2 XF923 Bristol 188 1962-04-03 Filton BAeColl.jpg (1024×688) Bristol 188 (1962) was a British supersonic research aircraft built by the Bristol Aeroplane Company in the 1950s. Its length, slender cross-section and intended purpose led to its being nicknamed the "Flaming Pencil". It failed to attain the designed M2 speed and couldn't maintain top speed long enough to study thermal effects of supersonic flight. Cancelled in 1964.

UK2 XF923 Bristol 188 1962-04-03 Filton BAeColl.jpg (1024×688) Bristol 188 (1962) was a British supersonic research aircraft built by the Bristol Aeroplane Company in the 1950s. Its length, slender cross-section and intended purpose led to its being nicknamed the "Flaming Pencil". It failed to attain the designed M2 speed and couldn't maintain top speed long enough to study thermal effects of supersonic flight. Cancelled in 1964.

UK2 XF923 Bristol 188 1962-04-03 Filton BAeColl.jpg (1024×688) Bristol 188 (1962) was a British supersonic research aircraft built by the Bristol Aeroplane Company in the 1950s. Its length, slender cross-section and intended purpose led to its being nicknamed the "Flaming Pencil". It failed to attain the designed M2 speed and couldn't maintain top speed long enough to study thermal effects of supersonic flight. Cancelled in 1964.

UK2 XF923 Bristol 188 1962-04-03 Filton BAeColl.jpg (1024×688) Bristol 188 (1962) was a British supersonic research aircraft built by the Bristol Aeroplane Company in the 1950s. Its length, slender cross-section and intended purpose led to its being nicknamed the "Flaming Pencil". It failed to attain the designed M2 speed and couldn't maintain top speed long enough to study thermal effects of supersonic flight. Cancelled in 1964.

Ill fated British TSR2 prototype on a rare outing on the tarmac, from the Cold War display at the RAF Cosford Museum.

Ill fated British prototype on a rare outing on the tarmac, from the Cold War display at the RAF Cosford Museum. Love to have seen this fly.

Ill fated British TSR2 prototype on a rare outing on the tarmac, from the Cold War display at the RAF Cosford Museum.

Ill fated British prototype on a rare outing on the tarmac, from the Cold War display at the RAF Cosford Museum. Love to have seen this fly.

A Gloster Javelin FAW.9R (XH890) of No 23 Squadron banking away from the camera clearly showing the identification markers and the missile complement of De Havilland Firestreak infra-red homing air-to-air missiles. This aircraft is flying from No. 23 Squadron's base at RAF Coltishall, Norfolk. From the IWM collection THE ROYAL AIR FORCE 1950 - 1967 shared under the IWM Non Commercial Licence.

RAF-T A Gloster Javelin of No 23 Squadron banking away from the camera clearly showing the identification markers and the missile complement of De Havilland Firestreak infra-red homing air-to-air missiles

Crew of a Victor B1 scrambles for their aircraft, RAF Cottesmore 1959.

Crew of a Victor B1 scrambles for their aircraft, RAF Cottesmore 1959.

At the height of the Cold War a Victor scrambles during a demonstration of capability at RAF Cottesmore - Unlike their American counterparts at Strategic Air Command (SAC), who enjoyed an

TSR-2 y BAE Lightning

British Aircraft Corporation (BAC) - Royal Air Force (RAF) - faster with one engine on reheat than an English Electric Lightning with both engines on reheat, wow that is fast!

TSR-2 y BAE Lightning

British Aircraft Corporation (BAC) - Royal Air Force (RAF) - faster with one engine on reheat than an English Electric Lightning with both engines on reheat, wow that is fast!

The coolest jet ever made (in my opinion) RAF Electric Lightening.

The coolest jet ever made (in my opinion) the RAF Electric Lightning, as ridden in by Professor Brian Cox to reach 'the thin blue line' of Earth's atmosphere!

The coolest jet ever made (in my opinion) RAF Electric Lightening.

The coolest jet ever made (in my opinion) the RAF Electric Lightning, as ridden in by Professor Brian Cox to reach 'the thin blue line' of Earth's atmosphere!

A gentile left bank exposes the relatively small bomb bay of the Vulcan . . .

A gentile left bank exposes the relatively small bomb bay of the Vulcan . The aircraft was designed around that bomb bay - sized to fit the "special weapon" of the time, that the V Bombers were built to deliver.

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