Corgi AA28402 – 1/48 Scale English Electric Lightning F.6 Diecast Model
Corgi AA28402 diecast model replicates in 1/48 scale the English Electric Lightning F.6 ,s/n XS927 of No.74 Squadron “Tiger Squadron” RAF, the first operational unit of the Lightning. The squadron was based at RAF Tengah in the western part of Singapore from June 1967 until disbanded in 1971.
Corgi 1/48 scale English Electric Lightning F.6 diecast model details
|Length||35.0 cm||13.78 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||22.0 cm||8.66 in||Approx|
Diecast model features include:
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Undercarriage displayable extended or retracted
- Canopy displayable open or closed
- Engine covers and crew ladder included
- Display stand included.
No. 74 Squadron RAF
N0. 74 Squadron “Tiger Squadron” was a unit of the Royal Air Force. Established at Northolt on July 1, 1917, it operated fighter aircraft until the 1990s, then the Hawk T.1 trainer before disbanding in 2000.
In June 1960 the Tigers became the first to operate the English Electric Lightning, the F.1 while stationed at RAF Coltishall. In April 1964, upgraded to the Lightning F.3 while based at RAF Leuchars in Scotland. The Squadron received the Lightning F.6s in November 1966 and moved to RAF Tengah, Singapore in June 1967. In 1971, the Lightning F.6s moved to No. 56 Squadron, and No.74 Squadron disbanded on August 25, 1971.
English Electric Lightning
The English Electric Lightning is a British single-seat, twin-engined, Mach 2 capable jet interceptor and later reconnaissance and ground-attack missions. Designed to counter Soviet bombers, it has an exceptional rate of climb, ceiling and speed. The first flight took place on August 4, 1954, with the aircraft entering frontline service for the first time in July 1960 with 74 Squadron RAF. The Lightning also served with the Kuwait Air Force (KAF) and the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF). In 1960, the aircraft became known as the BAC Lightning with the merger of English Electric Aircraft, Vickers and Bristol to establish the British Aircraft Corporation. The RAF started to withdraw the Lightning from service in 1974 with the last examples retired in 1988.
The lightning had several unique features including a notched delta wing, low-mounted tailplanes and the layout of its two engines. The two Rolls-Royce Avon turbojets were vertically stacked and longitudinally staggered, fed by a single nose inlet. Minimising frontal area and reducing drag by 25% over a conventional twin engine installation. Early variants suffered from limited range and directional stability at high speed. The additional fuel tanks and larger fin of later models addressed these issues.
English Electric Lightning Specifications
A single-seat fighter with new wings giving better efficiency and subsonic performance. Extended range with the provision for jettisonable overwing fuel tanks and a larger ventral fuel tank.
- Crew: pilot
- Length: 16.8 m (55 ft 3 in)
- Wingspan: 10.6 m (34 ft 10 in)
- Height: 5.97 m (19 ft 7 in)
- Empty weight: 14,092 kg (31,068 lb)
- Engines: Two Rolls-Royce Avon 301R afterburning turbojets.
- Guns: two 30 mm ADEN cannons, mounted in the forward part of the ventral tank
- Hardpoints: four hardpoints, two under the fuselage, two overwing. The overwing pylons could carry 1,182 L (260 gals) ferry tanks
- Ordnance: two De Havilland Firestreak or two Hawker Siddeley Red Top missiles.
- Maximum speed: 2,100 km/h (1,300 mph) Mach 2.0
- MTOW: 20,752 kg (45,750 lb)
- Range: 1,370 km (850 mi)
- Service ceiling: 16,000 m (54,000 ft).
Corgi AA28402 – 1/48 scale diecast model of the English Electric Lightning F.6, s/n XS927, No.74 Squadron RAF while stationed at RAF Tengah, Singapore, during 1969