RAF Cosford. Cold War Hangar. English Electric Lightning.

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skida on September 17, 2011

I have seen Lightnings powering their way vertically on a number of occasions, so the mounting is apt. Great capture which brings back many memories.


tmoj on September 18, 2011

Thanks for the compliment Amelia,

but I really do think that use of "impeccable" is gross exaggeration. Would have been nice though, if you could have told that to my secondary school English teacher. She was always complaining that my English was going down like cow's tail.

Best wishes, Timo

Amelia Royan on September 18, 2011

Hi there Keith, so have I. They were powerful and noisy planes in their day. Glad to hear that this one brought back memories for you. The whole of this RAF museum also jogged my greay matter :))

Cheers, Amelia

T NL on September 25, 2011

Nice one Amelia! Love the highly swept wings (required to reach those high speeds this aircraft is/was capable of), and the overall display is very neat too.

Cheers, Tomas

Tom Waugh on September 27, 2011

Hello Amelia. Although not selected for Google Earth, I chanced upon this pic after reading a comment you wrote on someone else's photo. I love this pic. I have fond memories of the English Electric Lightning and the way that you've captured the lovely silver colour, makes this a favourite pic for me. Greetings from Switzerland. Tom

ian.r on September 30, 2011

Wow Amelia, I grew up with these amazing planes! Coltishall and the phenomenal Lighting, but my favourite was the Vulcan! I lived at Scampton and 4 of these on scramble used to shake our house to bits, never mind the reason why my dad used to disappear at 4 in the morning to maybe help destroy the world...

Amelia Royan on October 4, 2011

Good evening Tomas, it certainly was a beautiful aircraft in a plain, no-nonsense way. I'm so pleased that you liked this shot :)

Cheers, Amelia

Lee Gill on October 26, 2011

Ooo cool shot Amelia, I like the way they have hung it...my dad would love this LIKE

Amelia Royan on October 30, 2011

I don't know where you or your dad live Lee, but this really is a wonderful aerodrome to visit, and it's free! We had a great day out there and it kept 3 generations of family enthralled for hours.

Amelia Royan on October 30, 2011

Good morning Tom W. Many thanks for your visit, and my apologies for this late reply. Yes the English Electric was/is an elegant aircraft but so noisy. Apparently the tyres had to be changed after almost every landing :)))

Cheers, Amelia

Amelia Royan on October 30, 2011

Good morning dear Ian R, it's ages since I've heard from you! I grew up with these aircraft as well - we lived in Farnborough for 11 years, and I became a bit of a plane spotter, well it was unavoidable really. I can well imagine your house shaking! The Cold War was a difficult time for everyone, and the threat hung heavy upon us. But thankfully those days are over. This Cold War hangar at RAF Cosford is a fantastic feature - with plenty of info. Well worth a visit.

Cheers, Amelia

Lee Gill on October 30, 2011

I'm glad I looked your image up as I just went on the RAF Cosford website, its only 50 miles from where I live, I had no idea it was that close, lol. I'm used to going much further to Duxford Air Museum, I'll definitely pay it a visit, plus its free to get in...brilliant. My dad used to tell me as a kid about the lighting and and how when he was a teenager he went on a schooltrip where they saw the Lighting on one of its first flights in the 50's. I'll look forward to going :)

Amelia Royan on October 30, 2011

You have to pay for the car park, about £3 I think for all day, but there are 4 hangars - this one being the most recent addition and consequently the best labelled. I promise you - you won't be sorry to travel that 50 miles!

Sound like your dad is about my age ;))

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on September 7, 2011
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    by Amelia Royan
    • Taken on 2011/08/28 13:17:32
    • Exposure: 0.033s (1/30)
    • Focal Length: 26.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO640
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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