The Lightning Boys 2

True Tales from Pilots and Engineers of the RAF's Iconic Supersonic Fighter

Richard Pike


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Format: Hardback
Extent: 192 pages
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
ISBN: 9781909166134.
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Publication Date: 15 July 2013

The sequel to the best-selling The Lightning Boys, Lightning Boys 2 continues the theme of tales from pilots and other crew connected with this iconic aircraft, giving a rare insight into postwar fighter operations. In 20 separate stories to intrigue, amaze and amuse, the book has been compiled and written by Richard Pike, himself a former Lightning pilot. The reader is taken to situations as diverse as intercepting 60 plus enemy aircraft, a desperate struggle in a cockpit flooded by tropical downpours, the difficulties of being affected by sudden and painful toothache at high altitude, and the curious encounter with an unidentified flying object. Yet another chapter paints a dramatic reconstruction of a scene in Germany when a Lightning, having entered an inadvertent, out-of-control spin, began an earthwards plunge towards a town centre.

Richard Pike

Richard Pike graduated from the Royal Air Force College, Cranwell in 1964. As part of his fighter pilot training he flew the Folland Gnat at RAF Valley followed by six months at RAF Chivenor where he flew the Hawker Hunter. The syllabus at Chivenor inc …

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