• Brass Model English Electric Lightning

    Stylish solid cast brass model of an English Electric Lightning interceptor jet on original wood base. Over the years, the brass has developed a lovely warm patina and now has a very pleasing tone.

    Dimensions: 21 cm/8¼ inches (length) x 15 cm/5⅞ inches (wing span) x 15.5 cm/6⅛ inches (height on stand).

    The Lightning was the RAF's first supersonic aircraft, and is the only British designed and built plane capable of flying at speeds in excess of Mach 2 (twice the speed of sound). Amongst other things, it was renowned for it's stagering rate of climb 'going vertical!'
    The aircraft was not built as a fighter, but as an interceptor. It was designed before the days of intercontinental missiles so it's job was to gain height as rapidly as it could and destroy any incoming enemy aircraft armed with a nuclear bomb. Consequently, its low fuel capacity was not seen to be an issue, as the expected flight time was to be measured in minutes rather than hours.
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