English Electric P.1A: Time Flies…Fast.

A day like today,but 60 years ago WG760 -the Lightning’s “father”- made it maiden flight. Stunning since the very beginning, The Lightning has became a true Icon against all odds…..read: silly defence policies and short-sighted economies.
In this stupendous pic the first prototype is seen latter in its operational life (1957) with its wing modified with a new cambered leading edge and slightly reduced span ailerons. This new wing shared the same good qualities of the unmodified one in the supersonic flight, but tests showed a significant improvement of the flight envelope at the subsonic speed.  It was not enough for the ones above, the initial Lightning’s conserved the unmodified wing design; cost was sure the deciding factor. Ironically,the power-than-be latter found it was a good idea after all;  the Mk.3 and 6 models were equipped with such wing design.  All too “Lightning-esque”.

It sure leaves you open-mouthed.

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