Our Success is in our members who value our strength as a valued community.
Forum Stats
12452 Members
65 Forums
73748 Topics
996850 Posts
65 posts in the last 24hrs
Max Online: 7831 @ 8th Apr 2013 4:18pm
Who's Online - Click Me
73 registered (8HBob, 11 invisible), 1209 Guests and 251 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Social Media : Follow Us


(Views 7days)This Weeks Most Read
Games for children 946
Fitting bathroom lights need help 285
Travelling Bus and Train Which Tickets? 280
Charity fishing match 264
Replacement Key Fob casing 256
Anyone read this ? 250
Taltalk Broadband Dying 242
Bath Lifts 174
Are there any doctors or nurses on here. 127
Poor Bruce 109
New General Forums
Brexit bill
by casper
Today at 07:33 PM
Telephone Caller Alert - they are NOT BT BROADBAND
by Laraine
17th Nov 2017 6:04pm
Are you a Mathematician ?
by granny
15th Nov 2017 8:59am
Poor Bruce
by diggingdeeper
15th Nov 2017 1:15am
New Wirral History
Downloadable oldwirral pdfs
by derekdwc
9th Oct 2017 12:26pm
Forum Tips
Photo Gallery Forums
clipper yachts arriving for round the world race
Azamara,silouette and balmoral this mornig
Topic Replies
Submarine Disaster
by diggingdeeper
9 minutes 23 seconds ago
Fitting bathroom lights need help
by Salmon
14 minutes 36 seconds ago
What is your Daily Exercise ?
by granny
56 minutes 13 seconds ago
Extending dining table with six chairs
by kazaroo
Today at 04:46 PM
Vaping set
by paul110180
Today at 01:45 PM
Charity fishing match
by paul110180
Today at 01:43 PM
Charity fishing match
by paul110180
Today at 01:32 PM
Games for children
by venice
Today at 01:58 AM
Bongos Bingo Ticket
by venice
Today at 12:36 AM
November
M Tu W Th F Sa Su
1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30
Recent Posts : What's On ?
The Lanterns at Chester Zoo
by granny
16th Nov 2017 1:05pm
bonfire night
by snowhite
3rd Nov 2017 5:40pm
Topic Options
Rate This Topic
#645751 - 2nd Jan 2012 7:20pm English Electric Lightning *****
Neil_c Offline
Smartchild

Registered: 27th Sep 2009
Posts: 417
Loc: birkenhead
Visited Bruntingthorpe EE Lightning back in Nov. Some pics and movies of the plane in action. This was the RAF's fastest plane and still holds a number of world records to this day. Good value for £20.



Video of the plane taking of in S. Africa





Attachments: Viewing Permissions May Apply. Click Me
IMG00109-20111112-1432.jpg

PB120935.JPG

PB120933.JPG

PB120927.JPG

PB120950.JPG

Description: Plane gets towed to runaway




Edited by Neil_c (2nd Jan 2012 7:29pm)

Top
Google Ads
#645773 - 2nd Jan 2012 7:39pm Re: English Electric Lightning [Re: Neil_c]
diggingdeeper Offline

Wiki Master

Registered: 9th Jul 2008
Posts: 10801
Loc: Birkenhead
Two engines with a few bits of aircraft wrapped around them, leaked every type of fluid on board all over the place - but an amazing machine, even still.
_________________________
In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act. George Orwell

When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser. Socrates

Top
#645778 - 2nd Jan 2012 7:43pm Re: English Electric Lightning [Re: Neil_c]
Neil_c Offline
Smartchild

Registered: 27th Sep 2009
Posts: 417
Loc: birkenhead
I was seriously considering going to S. Africa Thundercity and flying in one. Unfortunately one of them suffered a hydrallic failure back in 2009 and killed the pilot. The cause of the crash was attributed to the ejector seat not being serviced.

They are rebuilding one in the USA at the moment. http://www.lightning422supporters.co.uk/

Top
#645826 - 2nd Jan 2012 8:40pm Re: English Electric Lightning [Re: Neil_c]
dave_h Offline

Forum Addict

Registered: 18th Nov 2008
Posts: 1215
Loc: School of Hardknocks
would love to try the mig-29 fab piece of kit that is
_________________________
Standby to Beach! Out Troops!

Top
#646047 - 3rd Jan 2012 4:15pm Re: English Electric Lightning [Re: Neil_c]
Wench Offline

H4H County Volunteer
Wiki Veteran

Registered: 9th Aug 2008
Posts: 8616
Loc: Second Circle of Hell.
I've got one of the 30mm shell casings from that! It's one of my prized possessions grin
_________________________
Sometimes Police Officers give more than just speeding tickets!

Itís hard to be fit as a fiddle when youíre shaped like a cello!

Top
#646054 - 3rd Jan 2012 4:49pm Re: English Electric Lightning [Re: Neil_c]
parkgater Offline
Enthusiast

Registered: 28th Dec 2008
Posts: 117
Loc: United Kingdom
Fantastic photos and video,well done.

Top
#646110 - 3rd Jan 2012 7:39pm Re: English Electric Lightning [Re: parkgater]
Neil_c Offline
Smartchild

Registered: 27th Sep 2009
Posts: 417
Loc: birkenhead
Here is an interesting documentary about the lightning, with interviews from Roland Beamont, EE's test pilot who first flew the P1A (The prototype that would become the lightning).

The P1A is on display in Manchester.





Attachments: Viewing Permissions May Apply. Click Me
800px-Manchester_MOSI_English_Electric_Lightning_P1A_18-10-2009_12-10-46.jpg




Edited by Neil_c (3rd Jan 2012 7:40pm)

Top
#646138 - 3rd Jan 2012 8:32pm Re: English Electric Lightning [Re: Neil_c]
BandyCoot Offline

Forum Veteran

Registered: 7th Dec 2008
Posts: 5368
Loc: Birkenhead
Lucky enough to have seen them live and flying, bloody awe inspiring stuff. The Typhoon is the only other thing I've seen close to it. The Bucanneer was another heartstopper but slower.


Edited by BandyCoot (3rd Jan 2012 8:34pm)
_________________________
Birkenhead........ God's own Room 101.

Top
#646161 - 3rd Jan 2012 9:30pm Re: English Electric Lightning [Re: BandyCoot]
Neil_c Offline
Smartchild

Registered: 27th Sep 2009
Posts: 417
Loc: birkenhead
The UK CAA will not allow them to fly in this country on the civil register due to many reasons including in-service safety record, lack of spares and no backing from the design authority (BAe). Many of the airframes have used all their available fatigue index.

The chances of BAe or the RAF restoring one to flight are somewhere between slim and none.

The guys at Brunthingthorpe LPG (shown in the pics) do a fantastic job of keeping the planes for fast taxi runs.

www.lightnings.org.uk


The only lightnings that might fly again are the 3 remaining airworthy jets that belonged to Thundercity or the one being restored in the USA, but sadly it won't happen in the UK.

Shame that you'd have to go to another country to see a part of our History in action; it certainly will be the last, fully British jet fighter.


Attachments: Viewing Permissions May Apply. Click Me
YsterplaatLightning2.jpg



Top

Moderator:  Mod 
Random Wirral Images

Click to View Topic.
Newest Topics
Submarine Disaster
by diggingdeeper
Today at 05:46 PM
Fitting bathroom lights need help
by yr20405
17th Nov 2017 11:29pm
Charity fishing match
by paul110180
17th Nov 2017 9:29pm
Games for children
by granny
17th Nov 2017 1:35am
Are there any doctors or nurses on here.
by granny
16th Nov 2017 11:52pm
For Sale & Free
Extending dining table with six chairs
by kazaroo
Today at 04:46 PM
Water Dispenser Cold Cool Machine Cooler
by markyport
Yesterday at 04:45 PM
where to get cheap carpet
by mickturner
17th Nov 2017 4:24pm
White radiator single panel 1400 x 600 - good cond
by gerrymoore
16th Nov 2017 9:16am
Samsung Galaxy S7 Titanium Silver + Extras
by j_demo
15th Nov 2017 7:29pm
Featured Member
Registered: 20th Jul 2013
Posts: 29
Newest Members
wagonwheel82, Norfolk, monadrexx, Dipper, DarioLo
12452 Registered Users
Today's Birthdays
No Birthdays
New Wirral Info
Fitting bathroom lights need help
by yr20405
17th Nov 2017 11:29pm
Games for children
by granny
17th Nov 2017 1:35am
Bath Lifts
by locomotive
16th Nov 2017 6:22pm
The Lanterns at Chester Zoo
by granny
16th Nov 2017 1:05pm
Travelling Bus and Train Which Tickets?
by fish5133
15th Nov 2017 5:31pm
News : New Topics
Submarine Disaster
by diggingdeeper
Today at 05:46 PM
Anyone read this ?
by venice
16th Nov 2017 3:22pm
Is this crime against humanity
by granny
13th Nov 2017 4:04pm
Wedding for Cancer Research !
by Katemargaret
11th Nov 2017 10:38pm
The EU and us.
by Excoriator
11th Nov 2017 8:44am
New Enthusiast Forums
Charity fishing match
by paul110180
17th Nov 2017 9:29pm
Are there any doctors or nurses on here.
by granny
16th Nov 2017 11:52pm
Taltalk Broadband Dying
by diggingdeeper
15th Nov 2017 3:40am
Replacement Key Fob casing
by fish5133
14th Nov 2017 7:45pm
Insecure sites.
by venice
13th Nov 2017 3:54pm
(Views 24hrs)Trending Newest Topics
Submarine Disaster 95
Brexit bill 8
Wirral Sunrise Sunset
Sunrise Mon 7:48am
Sunset Mon 4:07pm
Local Time Mon 11:07pm
WikiWirral Can . . . .