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GarrisonMiniatures Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member18 Apr 2017 1:02 p.m. PST

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No they're not. It's basically lots of US planes plus a couple of Russians as a sop – but includes a couple of sub Mach 1 planes! Yet omits planes like the EE Lightning, a Mach 2 plane that couls (and did) intercept U2s!

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28mm Fanatik18 Apr 2017 1:21 p.m. PST

The 'Lightning' is one ugly bird.

JimDuncanUK18 Apr 2017 1:39 p.m. PST

I don't agree with your opinion on the Lightning.

It's a stunning aircraft.

22ndFoot18 Apr 2017 2:33 p.m. PST

I'm with Jim. The Lightning was a beautiful machine.

GarrisonMiniatures Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member18 Apr 2017 3:46 p.m. PST

I think of its looks as being 'functional'.

Khusrau18 Apr 2017 4:51 p.m. PST

Deeply in love with the EE Lightning after seeing one do a full afterburner takeoff at Leuchars 40 + years ago. I wish they were still allowed to fly in the UK. Other than the SR71 they are still one of the fastest interceptors built, having been vectored to do an intercept of Concorde proves they were no slouches.

JMcCarroll18 Apr 2017 5:09 p.m. PST

The F-111 was a surprise. Still nothing looks as good as an F-4 Phantom II !

Charlie 1218 Apr 2017 6:05 p.m. PST

Sorry, the Lightning is one butt-ugly bird. Wing tanks ABOVE the wing? And a 9-month-pregnant bulge below? Makes the Phantom look stylist by comparison.

It's a stunning aircraft.

Yeah… Stunningly UGLY…

Khusrau19 Apr 2017 2:25 a.m. PST

Only particular models had the wing tanks and bulge.

Think of the way that late models of every aircraft have all sorts of extraneous stuff bolted on in an effort to keep them current, radomes, fuel tanks, asymmetric bulges, new weapons systems.

The Lightning was a stunning aircraft both technically and aesthetically. But the limitation was that it was designed as a bomber interceptor for the UK, so the characteristics of 1957 were a rapid climb rate and high speed to intercept on minutes notice.

Later versions were compromises to extend range and increase ordnance load. It was never going to compete with an F4 for changed mission parameters.

Lion in the Stars19 Apr 2017 3:47 a.m. PST

The Brits did make some pretty aircraft back in the day, but they haven't made a pretty bird since the Buccaneer or the V-bombers.

The current holders of the "prettiest bird manufacturer" title are the Russians, love those Sukhoi 27 family.

Patrick Sexton Supporting Member of TMP19 Apr 2017 10:14 a.m. PST

The Lightning is not a 'pretty' aircraft but it is a cool one. As in the case of the Phantom, function has a style all its own.

Personal logo herkybird Supporting Member of TMP19 Apr 2017 2:13 p.m. PST

I remember camping in Anglesey in the 70's, and having the tent physically shake as 2 EE Lightnings took off nearby!
Great aircraft, not ugly at all!

mattblackgod20 Apr 2017 10:44 a.m. PST

No mention of the Eurofighter Typhoon which has an alleged top speed of mach 2 either.

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