The Anglo American Lightning Organisation

Discussion in 'Postwar' started by von Poop, Oct 8, 2009.

  1. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Looking at the Wiki entry for Boscombe Down, and I see there's a project to get another Lightning back in the air. based in the states as the CAA here refused permission:

    The Anglo American Lightning Organisation.

    Seems to be a fair few ex-RAF types working on it, good luck to 'em I say.

    ~A
     
  2. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    I used to love the jets from the cold war at airshows when I was a kid....They were so LOUD !

    Here's hoping it graces the skies again over the UK at some point.
     
  3. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    I loved the way they used to take off with a massive roar, go into a verticle climb up into the clouds, sunlight sparkling off the canopy, then just disappear.
    Next you knew they screamed in from behind you.
    That was back in the days when aircraft were allowed to fly over the crowd, not like today.
    Love'd them.
     
  4. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

  5. Bodston

    Bodston Little Willy

    One of my earliest memories is of a BAE Lightning at an airshow. Probably RAF Little Rissington, at the time the home of the Red Arrows.
    I remember those dancing purple diamonds in the jet wake on the tarmac as afterburners were turned on. Love to see that again... and the noise!
     
  6. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

  7. Gerard

    Gerard Seelow/Prora

    A beautiful aircraft alright. Good luck with the project, I say!
     
  8. Za Rodinu

    Za Rodinu Hot air manufacturer

    Funny cockpit :)

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    There used to be a company in South Africa flying side by side Lightnings, as well as Buccaneers.
     
  9. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    I loved the way they used to take off with a massive roar, go into a verticle climb up into the clouds, sunlight sparkling off the canopy, then just disappear.
    Next you knew they screamed in from behind you.
    That was back in the days when aircraft were allowed to fly over the crowd, not like today.
    Love'd them.

    Owen,
    I know just what you mean. From leaving school I became an apprentice Toolmaker with the then British Aircraft Company at Preston, Now Bae Systems.

    I was 19 years old and was sent to warton (Airfield with factory) just outside of Preston to attend a Jig and Tool design course and every Friday afternoon we were treated to a tour of different departments.

    The best trip was to the control tower where we saw a Lightning take off for a test flight.

    The Lightning hurtled down the runway and when approaching the control tower lifted off and after a short distance just stood on it's tail and went vertical, just like a rocket.

    It was only seconds before it was a dot and we had to go down below to the radar room to see it's plot.

    It travelled to the Isle of Man and made a circuit of the island and returned in 10 minutes:D

    Once seen never forgotten. A truely wonderful interceptor.

    Regards
    Tom
     
  10. colinhotham

    colinhotham Senior Member

    Yes the Lightning was a truly awesome aircraft and it would be great to see one in the air again. I was lucky enough to serve at RAF Binbrook from 1962-1964 where 11 Squadron Lightnings were based. I hope the project is successful.
    Colin.
     
  11. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

  12. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    There was a sombre atmosphere at the base on Sunday, as the pilots left for home.
    No S**t Sherlock !

    Very sad news indeed.
     
  13. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    :poppy: Dave Stock R.I.P. :poppy:


    Tom
     
  14. urqh

    urqh Senior Member

    An engine on wings...or rather wings on an engine.
     
  15. Mike L

    Mike L Very Senior Member

    Tragic news, great pilot and great British aircraft lost.
    Condolences to his family.
     
  16. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Just looking through old photo albums on a wet Friday afternoon & thought I'd share this one of a Lightning at Akrotiri in 2003.

    Lightning Akrotiri 2003.jpg
     
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