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English Electric Lightning (SC) - Pen & Sword - CB0556CSN

English Electric Lightning (SC) - Pen & Sword - CB0556CSN

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Martin W Bowman; Images of War Series. 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.                                                                                                                                            The English Electric Lightning emerged at this time. This supersonic fighter aircraft of the Cold War era is perhaps best remembered for its amazing takeoff performance, its exceptional rate of climb and its immense speed. Here, Martin Bowman takes us on a photographic journey, illustrating the various landmarks of the Lightning's impressive operational history. Illustrated with 120 color & black/white photographs; 144 pages.