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The English Electric (BAC) Lightning

This page will show the difference in the layouts of the Lightning through from the P1A development aircraft to the export variant T55. If you find any conflicting information on this page PLEASE mail me with corrections and I will update the data. To send amendments please  mail me at The Variant Profiles Page

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P1A Leading Particulars Example
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Span : 34ft 10in
Length : 49ft 8in
Height : 17ft 3in
Engines : Two Armstrong Siddlely Saphire 5 later replaced with Saphire 5R
Thrust : 7,500lbs ( 9,200lbs (5R) ) each with reheat
Speed : 1,011mph Mach 1.5 at 36,000ft
Service Ceiling : 
Range :
Armament : n/a
Entered Service : n/a
Climb Rate :

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P1A WG760 at Samlebury. Copyright Derek Wood

P1B Leading Particulars Example
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Span : 34ft 10in
Length : 55ft 3in
Height : 19ft 5in
Engines : Two RR Avon 200R (Later 210R) Turbojets
Thrust : 14,430lbs each with reheat
Speed : Mach 2.1 at 40,000ft
Armament : None
Entered Service : n/a
Climb Rate :

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P1B XA847 at RAF Museum Hendon. Copyright Author

 
F1 Leading Particulars Example
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Span : 34ft 10in
Length : 55ft 3in
Height : 19ft 7in
Engines : Two RR Avon 200R Turbojets
Thrust : 14,430lbs each with reheat
Speed : 1,500mph  Mach 2.2 aprox
Service Ceiling : 60,000 ft
Range : 1.25 hrs endurance
Armament : 2 30mm Aden Cannons & 2 DH Firestreak IR Missiles
Entered Service : June 1960 ( 74 Sqd )
Climb Rate : 30,000ft per min

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F1 74 Sqd in 1961. Copyright Unknown

 
F1A Leading Particulars Example
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Span : 34ft 10in
Length : 55ft 3in
Height : 19ft 7in
Engines : Two RR Avon 210R Turbojets
Thrust : 14,430lbs each with reheat
Speed : 1,500mph Mach 2.2 aprox
Service Ceiling : 60,000 ft
Range : 1.25 hrs endurance
Armament : 2 30mm Aden Cannons & 2 DH Firestreak IR Missiles
Entered Service : March 1961 ( 111 Sqd )
Climb Rate : 30,000ft per min

 

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F1A XM173 at RAF Bently Priory in the markings and colour scheme of 56 Sqd The Firebirds. Copyright Author

 

 
F2 (F52) Leading Particulars Example
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Span : 34ft 10in
Length : 55ft 3in
Height : 19ft 7in
Engines : Two RR Avon 210R Turbojets
Thrust : 14,430lbs each with reheat
Speed : 1,500mph Mach 2.2 aprox
Service Ceiling : 60,000 ft
Armament : 2 30 mm Aden Cannons & 2 DH Firestreak IR Missiles
Entered Service : December 1962 (19 Sqd)
Climb Rate : 30,000ft per min

F52 export variant for RSAF delivered 1966 as interim aircraft before delivery of F53

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F2's of 19Sqd line up at Leconfield before deployment to West Germany. Copyright Unknown

 
F2A Leading Particulars Example
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Span : 34ft 10in
Length : 55ft 3in
Height : 19ft 7in
Engines : Two RR Avon 211R Turbojets
Thrust : 14,430lbs each with reheat
Speed : 1,500mph Mach 2.2 aprox
Service Ceiling : 60,000 ft
Range : 1.25 hrs endurance
Armament : 2 30 mm Aden Cannons & 2 DH Firestreak IR Missiles
Entered Service : March 1968 (19 Sqd)
Climb Rate : 30,000ft per min

F2A rebuilt F2 to incorporate some F6 features, Square cut fin, Kink Cambered wing &  enlarged ventral fuel tank


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F2A XN782 in the markings of 92 Sqd at the Luftarhtausstelling Museum in Kiel Germany.

Copyright Les Bywaters

 
F3 Leading Particulars Example
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Span : 34ft 10in
Length : 55ft 3in
Height : 19ft 7in
Engines : Two RR Avon 301R Turbojets
Thrust : 16,360lbs each with reheat
Speed : 1,500mph Mach 2.2 aprox
Service Ceiling : 60,000 ft
Range : 1.25 hrs endurance
Armament :  2 DH Firestreak IR Missiles
Entered Service : April 1964 ( 74Sqd )
Climb Rate : 50,000ft per min

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F3 XP695 11 Sqd in natural metal finish cleaning up after take off. Copyright Author

 
T4  (T54) Leading Particulars Example
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Span : 34ft 10in
Length : 55ft 3in
Height : 19ft 7in
Engines : Two RR Avon 200R Turbojets
Thrust : 14,430lbs each with reheat
Speed : 1,500mph Mach 2.2 aprox
Service Ceiling : 60,000 ft
Range : 1.25 hrs endurance
Armament : 2 30 mm Aden Cannons & 2 DH Firestreak IR Missiles
Entered Service : June 1962 ( 226 OCU )
Climb Rate : 30,000ft per min

T54 export variant for RSAF delivered 1966 as interim aircraft before delivery of T55

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T4 XL629 ex ETPS aircraft mounted as the gate guardian at Boscombe Down. Copyright Author

 
T5 Leading Particulars Example
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Span : 34ft 10in
Length : 55ft 3in
Height : 19ft 7in
Engines : Two RR Avon 301R Turbojets
Thrust : 16,360lbs each with reheat
Speed : 1,500mph Mach 2.2 aprox
Service Ceiling : 60,000 ft
Range : 1.25 hrs endurance
Armament : 2 Red Top or Firestreak IR Missiles
Entered Service : April 1965 ( 226 OCU )
Climb Rate : 50,000ft per min

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T5 XV328 at a USAF Alconbury open day. Copyright Author
 
F6 (F3A) Leading Particulars Example
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Span : 34ft 10in
Length : 55ft 3in
Height : 19ft 7in
Engines : Two RR Avon 301R Turbojets
Thrust : 16,360lbs each with reheat
Speed : 1,500mph Mach 2.27 aprox
Service Ceiling : 65,000 ft
Range : 600km (+ with refueling)
Armament :  2  Firestreak or Red-Top IR Missiles
Entered Service : November 1965 ( 5 Sqd)
Climb Rate : 50,000ft per min

F3A Interim F6

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F6 XR754 BC 11 Sqd on display with T5 at USAF Mildenhall open day.  Copyright Author
 
F53 (Export Variant) Leading Particulars Example
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Span : 34ft 10in
Length : 55ft 3in
Height : 19ft 7in
Engines : Two RR Avon 302C Turbojets
Thrust : 16,360lbs each with reheat
Speed : 1,500mph Mach 2.27 aprox
Service Ceiling : 60,000 ft
Range : 1.25 hrs endurance
Armament : 2 3Red Top or Firestreak IR Missiles. Wide range of ordnance from over wing or under wing hard points
Entered Service : August 1969 (1 Sqd RSAF)
Climb Rate : 50,000ft per min

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F53 53-682 RSAF (ZF584) presented to GEC Ferranti and on display at their South Gyle, Edinburgh plant. Copyright Author

 
T55 (Export Variant) Leading Particulars Example
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Span : 34ft 10in
Length : 55ft 3in
Height : 19ft 7in
Engines : Two RR Avon 302C Turbojets
Thrust : 16,360lbs each with reheat
Speed : 1,500mph Mach 2.27 aprox
Service Ceiling : 60,000 ft
Range : 1.25 hrs endurance
Armament : 2 3Red Top or Firestreak IR Missiles. Wide range of ordnance from over wing or under wing hard points
Entered Service : August 1969 (LCU / 6Sqd RSAF)
Climb Rate : 50,000ft per min

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T55 55-713 C RSAF (ZF598) on display at the Midland Air Museum at Coventry .Copyright Author

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