The Lightning does not appear to exhibit very pronounced diamonds, if any at all, judging by the photos I've now seen. This is a result of editing I came across and feel the overall image more realistic.
ZU-BEXFor me the sight of the EE Lightning and its Razzle Stack engine arrangement makes me think of tales of the top engine deciding to catch fire/leak - which them took out the lower engine and burnt through the flight controls.
I meant in RAF service, engine fires spreading from the top engine to the lower one were common, and because these burnt through the aluminum flight controls it meant the aircraft was lost. Changing the control rods to stainless steel give the pilot extra time to either do an emergency landing or to eject in a controlled manner.ZU-BEX
Shitty maintenance saw pools of fuel all inside/under the aircraft.
All hydraulics lost, pilot tried to bang out, seat wasn't maintained either.
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I did my share of strapping cadets in to the 6 AEF chippies in the mid 80s to 1988. Always got at least 1 trip as a thanks Added a few free hours to my log book pre CPL. Weekends, Bank Hols and Wednesday pm (sports don’t ya know)Me too! I can still remember the exhilaration felt by Cadet Mushroom during his first 30 min flight with one Flt Lt Forbes in 1982, despite being limited to steep turns as a 'newbie'!
6 AEF at RAF Abingdon was the other AEF which looked after young Mushroom's Air Cadet flying and I have fond memories of a particularly spirited aerobatic sortie over the Oxford countryside in 1983!
My lad was awarded a prize for his performance as NCO in the ATC at DSMC, in Edinburgh.How about this for a trip down memory lane?
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