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English Electric Lightning F53

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Former Saudi air force Lightning, saw active service till 1988

English Electric Lightning F53

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10th February 2008
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Aircraft Data

The English Electric Lightning was a British built supersonic jet fighter aircraft of the Cold War era operated by the Royal Air Force and Royal Saudi Air Force and Kuwait Air Force

The prototype aircraft were known as the P.1. The First Lightning was delivered to the RAF in 1960 as the F1. Various upgrades and modifications resulted over the years which resulted in many versions.

Summary data for English Electric Lightning -
Country of originFirst flightNo. builtNo. in serviceCrewPassengers
United Kingdom195433731n/a


2 x Rolls Royce Avon (6500 - 11700 lbf) turbojet engines.


2× 30 mm ADEN cannons. Hardpoints: 2× under-chin (only for mounting AAMs), 2 under-wing and 2 over-wing pylon stations holding up to 6,000 lb of payload


Dimensions for English Electric Lightning -
Length (Lightning F6)
Wing Span34 ft. 10 in. (Lightning F6)
Height19 ft. 10 in. (Lightning F6)
Empty Weight28,040 lbs. (Lightning F6)
Max Weight41,700 lbs. (Lightning F6)


Performance of English Electric Lightning -
Max Speed1,500 mph (Lightning F6)
Cruise Speed1,000 mph (Lightning F6)
Ceiling60,000 ft. (87300 feet recorded. Lightning F6)
Normal Range800mi. (Lightning F6)
Max Range1,560mi. (Lightning F6)

Updated 20th February 2009

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