Airfix A09178 English Electric Lightning F.2A/F.6 1/48

Airfix Model Kit



Entering RAF squadron service in 1960, the Lightning represented leapĀ in capability and
performance over the RAF’s previous interceptor jets, offering Mach 2+ performance as
well as a phenomenal rate of climb. Until its retirement in the late 1980s, the Lightning
had few rivals for outright speed and climbing ability, however it did have some
shortcomings, most notably its lack of range as well as its limited armament of just two
air missiles. The F3 Ligthning introduced an enlarged ventral tank with later versions also
being equipped with overwing tanks, improving the range of the Lightning further. These
also did nothing to overcome its missile deficiency, with the Lightning still having to rely
on just two missiles. The Lightning was eventually replaced in 1988, superseded by the more
capable and more heavily armed Tornado, but a number survive today in museums, a reminder
of one of the RAF’s fastest fighter jets of all time.

Scale: 1/48
Skill Level: 3
Length: 350mm
Width: 220mm
Parts: 153
Paint and Glue Required