Title LIGHTNING: THE OPERATIONAL HISTORY.
Publisher Airlife, (Shrewsbury, 1995).
Seller ID 15911
165 pp, large 8vo (9 5/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. Profusely illustrated with color and b&w photographs, drawings. 'Part Two of the book shows that many of the species survive. Part One, on the other hand, is an attempt to look at the aircraft from a different angle, not so much the fighter pilot's glamorous view but the day-to-day operations, trials and tribulations and the joys and delights of a ground crew struggling to come to terms with an aircraft that was, in many ways, a quantum leap in technology. A delight to fly, a joy to watch and a menace to work on - these sentiments seem to sum up the Lightning." Contents: Introduction; The Thunder Begins; Cutting Metal; Inside the Lightning; From Hand to Jig: The Tall Tails; The Thunderous T-Birds; The Square Fins; Lightnings in the Sand; After the Thunder; Selected RSAF Lightning Histories; Royal Saudi Air Force Lightnings; Kuwait Air Force Lightnings; Lightnings Clinging on to Life - Just!; Appendices - Lightning Production and Contracts; P.1 and Lightning Production Airframe Totals; RAF Lightning Operators; Lightning Crashes and their Causes; Lightning Colour Schemes; Lightning Comparative Strengths. Very light wrinkling at bottom of spine, minor edge rubbing. Dust jacket has small areas of very light edge wrinkling, very light rubbing. VG+/VG+