So, more lousy British cars and jets for you today.
English Electric Lightning has been in RAF service for more than two decades. The last planes were retired in 1988 and some of them found a way to a private owners who could afford to maintain a costly fuel reserve and a warehouse with spare parts. There are few survivors in various condition. Some are able to start engine and taxi for a mile on a runway without taking off, some is on display only and there’s one airworthy airframe located in South Africa.
Photos were taken by a snapper of a Classic & Sports Car magazine during an event dedicated to a 50th Anniversary of a Jaguar E-Type cars in 2011. Event was hosted on Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome (former RAF airbase, now a privately owned installation) where Cold War Jets Collection is housed.
Jaguar E-Type is known as an iconic car of the 1960s, with a wonderful sleek design and blahblahblah. Truth is – its production model never beats a 150 mph as they advertised it. Even with 12-cylinder engine in the 1970s. The only beautiful thing about an E-Type was its body. For British cars anyway. Other characteristics were far from perfection. Cramped cabin, bad airvent, huge oil consumption, troubles with brakes and gearbox, and low overall reliability which became a somewhat of a Jaguar trademark.
Some of a aforementioned characteristics are fair for a Electric Lightning so we have a perfect match here.
The plane is Electric Lightning model F.6 with registration number XS904 with BQ markings on a tail.
F.6 was an upgrade from F.3 model – single-seat, with a new wings which allowed better subsonic performance, overwing fuel tanks and a larger ventral fuel tank, a 30mm cannon under a fuselage and as a result of a fuel tanks and wing upgrades its flying range has improved. The engine remains the same Avon 301R. The plane’s last assignment was RAF No. 11 Squadron.
Thats all about it. See the photos here and in the next posts. Copyright by James Lipman of a Classic & Sports Car.