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.
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
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 :))
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.
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.
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...
Good evening Tomas, it certainly was a beautiful aircraft in a plain, no-nonsense way. I'm so pleased that you liked this shot :)
Ooo cool shot Amelia, I like the way they have hung it...my dad would love this LIKE
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.
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 :)))
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.
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 :)
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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