How good was the English Electric Lightning?

How fast was the English Electric Lightning?

Specifications (F. 6)

Feature Specification
Maximum Weight 45,750lb 20,752kg) take-off weight
Capacity 1 Pilot (1 student & 1 instructor in training variants)
Armament 2 x 30mm Aden cannons with hard point mountings for Air to Air missiles.
Maximum Speed Mach 2.0 (1,300mph / 2,100 kph) at 36,000 ft

Are any Lightnings still flying?

Often compared to the F104 Starfighter that NASA has used to train astronauts for space travel, the Cold War-era Lightning can climb upward at an incredible 50,000 feet per minute. There are only four flying Lightnings left in the world and they’re all in Cape Town, waiting for you. Arrive Cape Town.

Was the Lightning any good?

The Lightning has exceptional rate of climb, ceiling, and speed; pilots have described flying it as “being saddled to a skyrocket”. This performance and the initially limited fuel supply meant that its missions are dictated to a high degree by its limited range.

English Electric Lightning.

Number built 337 (including prototypes)
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