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Old 28th Aug 2008, 20:22
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Another from 1961, not mine but have contact details of the owner. Keith

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Old 28th Aug 2008, 21:33
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Nice shot! Could you PM me a contact for the owner when you get a chance please?

Looking at the background, it looks as if it's Leuchars. I note that the Lightning's mainwheels are the early type, not often seen on photographs.
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Old 5th Sep 2008, 11:54
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This one may interest you, Tim, from my collection of old company photos. From the days before telemetry! P1B's auto observer.


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I lost track of this thread somewhere along the way! That's a brilliant photo Fishtailed - ahh, such technology!
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Old 11th Jan 2009, 14:40
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...spare a thought for the other book I have to tackle - on the TSR2!
Easy..just write it was a lot of old rubbish and they were right to cancel it...

You'll get plenty of publicity but nobody may buy your book..
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Old 11th Jan 2009, 19:06
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Well I'd be inclined to agree that it was possibly a little over-hyped but I think "rubbish" might be stretching things a bit?!
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Old 11th Jan 2009, 19:38
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Lightning

Hi Tim,

I never worked with Lightnings, though I remember seeing a couple do the near vertical climb from Leuchars when on holiday as a child ( whether they were QRA or just playing - sorry, exercising - is another matter).

It was only when I began work at Tangmere that I realised what a big brute of a machine it is; next to a Hunter it looks huge, and decidely un- agile !

Any old Lightning hands are welcome to clambour over it.
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Old 11th Jan 2009, 22:11
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'Twas a magnificent machine. Just a great pity that it wasn't developed to its full potential thanks to the fools who kept-on believing that manned fighters were obsolete. I suppose it's the same people who are now obsessed with UAV's?!
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