The Lightning Boys

True Tales from Pilots of the English Electric Lightning

Richard Pike


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Format: Hardback
Extent: 192 pages
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
ISBN: 9781908117151.
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Publication Date: 14 July 2011

According to a recent international study, the Lightning is the fifth most popular military aircraft of all time. It has many thousands of devotees who are a ready market for this timely and entertaining book which, with over twenty individual stories from former Lightning pilots, relates the highs and lows, the dramas and the demands of those who operated this iconic aircraft from the sharp end. Tales include the recollections of an aerobatic display pilot, an implausible yet true account of telepathic communication, and an extraordinary episode when a Lightning pilot on an exchange programme with the French Air Force became embroiled in a mid-air collision. An unverified yet probably genuine world record is revealed in one of the chapters. In addition to the original photographs that accompany the text, the renowned aviation artist Chris Stone (himself a former Lightning pilot) has provided a unique sketch as well as copies of some of his paintings. The style, scope and pace of the writing in this book will appeal to the general reader as well as to the enthusiast.

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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