English Electric Lightning Returns to the Skies

Elnglish Electric Lightning Returns to the Skies
Here at Historic Racer we love aviation, especially Cold War jets. The tragedy of losing one of the South African based Lightning fighters a few years ago appeared to have put paid to the Lightnings and Buccaneers in South Africa. But it appears not. On January 28th, Mike Beachy Head once more flew one of the glossy black fighters in the skies over South Africa with a test flight following fresh engine installation and overhaul. Let’s hope that it marks the return of regular Cold War Jets flying once more.

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Author: Neill Watson

If you love the sound of the Cosworth V8 as much as the V12 Merlin, the smell of Jet A1 as much as Castrol R and admire the late Ray Hanna as much as Sir Stirling, you’ll find you’re both on the same page. Neill's love of art deco buildings means that his ideal home would be a brilliant white, 1930′s control tower in Southern France, with crisply mown grass, biplane parked on the driveway and a Ferrari 288GTO in the garage. This is something that those around him tolerate, though it does concern them from time to time.

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