English Electric / BAC Lightning

Fighter

BAC / English Electric Lightning F.2A, Royal Air Force, XN782 / H, c/n 95135 © Karsten Palt
Photo ©: Karsten Palt
The English Electric / BAC Lightning is a twin-engined single-seat fighter aircraft for the interceptor role produced by the British manufacturer English Electric (later BAC, British Aerospace Corporation). The Lightning was in operation with the Royal Air Force and the air forces of Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.
Crew1
Propulsion2 Turbojet Engines
Engine ModelRolls-Royce Avon 301 R
Engine Power (each)
dry/with Afterburner
56,5 / 72,5 kN12700 / 16300 lbf
Speed2415 km/h1304 kts
  1501 mph
Mmo (max. Mach)Mach 2.0
Service Ceiling18.288 m60.000 ft
Rate of climb15240 m/min50000 ft/min
Range1.300 km702 NM
808 mi.
Empty Weight12.701 kg28.000 lbs
max. Takeoff Weight22.680 kg50.000 lbs
Wing Span10,61 m34 ft 10 in
Wing Area44,1 m475 ft
Length16,84 m55 ft 3 in
Height5,97 m19 ft 7 in
First Flight04.08.1954
Production Statusout of production
Total Production388
ICAO CodeLTNG
Data for (Version)BAC Lightning F.6
VariantsLightning F.1, F.1A, F.2, F.2A, F.3, F.3A, F.6, F.52, F.53, T.4, T.5, T.54, T.55

[Photo-ID: 6720] Karsten Palt 2013-05-17
BAC / English Electric Lightning F.1, Royal Air Force, XG337, c/n 95026, Karsten Palt, 2013BAC / English Electric
Lightning F.1
Royal Air Force
Reg.: XG337
c/n: 95026
 
Royal Air Force Museum Cosford [Shifnal, Shropshire]
[Photo-ID: 1296] Karsten Palt 2008-07-16
BAC / English Electric Lightning F.1, Royal Air Force, XM135, c/n 95031, Karsten Palt, 2008BAC / English Electric
Lightning F.1
Royal Air Force
Reg.: XM135
c/n: 95031
 
Imperial War Museum [Duxford Aerodrome (EGSU / QFO)]
[Photo-ID: 13090] Karsten Palt 2016-07-10
BAC / English Electric Lightning F.1, Royal Air Force, XM135, c/n 95031, Karsten Palt, 2016BAC / English Electric
Lightning F.1
Royal Air Force
Reg.: XM135
c/n: 95031
 
Imperial War Museum [Duxford Aerodrome (EGSU / QFO)]
[Photo-ID: 3536] Karsten Palt 2010-06-12
BAC / English Electric Lightning F.2A, Royal Air Force, XN730, c/n 95107, Karsten Palt, 2010BAC / English Electric
Lightning F.2A
Royal Air Force
Reg.: XN730
c/n: 95107
 
Luftwaffenmuseum [Berlin - Gatow]
[Photo-ID: 1509] Karsten Palt 2008-09-27
BAC / English Electric Lightning F.2A, Royal Air Force, XN782, c/n 95135, Karsten Palt, 2008BAC / English Electric
Lightning F.2A
Royal Air Force
Reg.: XN782
c/n: 95135
 
Flugausstellung L.+P. Junior [Hermeskeil]
[Photo-ID: 7669] Karsten Palt 2013-09-19
BAC / English Electric Lightning F.53, Royal Air Force, ZF588, c/n 95300, Karsten Palt, 2013BAC / English Electric
Lightning F.53
Royal Air Force
Reg.: ZF588
c/n: 95300
 
ex Saudi Air Force
East Midlands Airport Aeropark [Castle Donington]
[Photo-ID: 10874] Karsten Palt 2015-06-03
BAC / English Electric Lightning F.53, Royal Saudi Air Force, ZF593, c/n 95298, Karsten Palt, 2015BAC / English Electric
Lightning F.53
Royal Saudi Air Force
Reg.: ZF593
c/n: 95298
 
Pima Air and Space Museum [Tucson, AZ]
[Photo-ID: 6865] Karsten Palt 2013-05-17
BAC / English Electric Lightning F.6, Royal Air Force, XR771, c/n 95236, Karsten Palt, 2013BAC / English Electric
Lightning F.6
Royal Air Force
Reg.: XR771
c/n: 95236
 
Midland Air Museum [Coventry]
[Photo-ID: 6864] Karsten Palt 2013-05-17
BAC / English Electric Lightning F.6, Royal Air Force, XR771, c/n 95236, Karsten Palt, 2013BAC / English Electric
Lightning F.6
Royal Air Force
Reg.: XR771
c/n: 95236
 
Midland Air Museum [Coventry]
[Photo-ID: 7042] Karsten Palt 2013-05-18
BAC / English Electric Lightning F.6, Royal Air Force, XS903, c/n 95249, Karsten Palt, 2013BAC / English Electric
Lightning F.6
Royal Air Force
Reg.: XS903
c/n: 95249
 
Yorkshire Air Museum [Elvington]
[Photo-ID: 7043] Karsten Palt 2013-05-18
BAC / English Electric Lightning F.6, Royal Air Force, XS903, c/n 95249, Karsten Palt, 2013BAC / English Electric
Lightning F.6
Royal Air Force
Reg.: XS903
c/n: 95249
 
Yorkshire Air Museum [Elvington]
[Photo-ID: 1302] Karsten Palt 2008-07-16
BAC / English Electric Lightning F6, Royal Air Force, XS925, c/n 8961M, Karsten Palt, 2008BAC / English Electric
Lightning F6
Royal Air Force
Reg.: XS925
c/n: 8961M
 
Royal Air Force Museum [London-Hendon]
[Photo-ID: 6938] Karsten Palt 2013-05-18
BAC / English Electric Lightning T.5, Royal Air Force, XS417, c/n B1/95002, Karsten Palt, 2013BAC / English Electric
Lightning T.5
Royal Air Force
Reg.: XS417
c/n: B1/95002
 
Newark Air Museum [Winthorpe, Newark]
[Photo-ID: 6939] Karsten Palt 2013-05-18
BAC / English Electric Lightning T.5, Royal Air Force, XS417, c/n B1/95002, Karsten Palt, 2013BAC / English Electric
Lightning T.5
Royal Air Force
Reg.: XS417
c/n: B1/95002
 
Newark Air Museum [Winthorpe, Newark]
[Photo-ID: 6940] Karsten Palt 2013-05-18
BAC / English Electric Lightning T.5, Royal Air Force, XS417, c/n B1/95002, Karsten Palt, 2013BAC / English Electric
Lightning T.5
Royal Air Force
Reg.: XS417
c/n: B1/95002
 
Newark Air Museum [Winthorpe, Newark]
[Photo-ID: 6867] Karsten Palt 2013-05-17
BAC / English Electric Lightning T.55, Royal Saudi Air Force, 55-713, c/n B1/95026, Karsten Palt, 2013BAC / English Electric
Lightning T.55
Royal Saudi Air Force
Reg.: 55-713
c/n: B1/95026
 
Midland Air Museum [Coventry]
[Photo-ID: 6866] Karsten Palt 2013-05-17
BAC / English Electric Lightning T.55, Royal Saudi Air Force, 55-713, c/n B1/95026, Karsten Palt, 2013BAC / English Electric
Lightning T.55
Royal Saudi Air Force
Reg.: 55-713
c/n: B1/95026
 
Midland Air Museum [Coventry]