English Electric Lightning F.2A: The Final Lightning

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English Electric Lightning F.2A

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I would like to introduce to you all a slightly different Lightning than F.6. This is my first proposal, so there may be a lot of unfamiliarity.

History:

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This aircraft is a modified version of the English Electric Lightning F.2, based on the improved design of the Lightning F.6, with wings, fuel tanks and tail equivalent to the F.6, minor upgrades to the new Avon 211R engine (no difference from the 210R), the addition of an arresting hook, and an option pack that adds two more ADEN cannons at the cost of losing the firestreak, depending on the situation.
The F.2A was operated primarily by RAF 19 Squadron and RAF 92 Squadron and was responsible for air defense missions in Germany until 1977.
The F.2A was the latest of the Lightning aircraft to be put into service, in 1968, and operated for a brief nine years until 1977, when all aircraft were retired, leaving the role to the Phantom FGR.2.

Photo:

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Photo showing location of additional ADEN pods.

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Inside the cockpit of the F.2A, showing that it is quite different from the F.6.

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F.2A of 92 Squadron, probably the most famous painted F.2A.

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F.2A of 19 Squadron in chic camouflage. F.2A in this color can still be seen in Germany and Holland today.
I like these two major camouflages, but feel free to comment if you know of any other good ones.

Armament & Specifications:

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Crew: 1
Length: 55 ft 3 in (16.8 m)
Wingspan: 34 ft 10 in (10.6 m)
Height: 19 ft 7 in (5.97 m)
Wing area: 458.5 ft² (42.59 m²)
Empty weight: 25,500 lb (11,567 kg)
Max Weight: 39,700 lb (18,008 kg)
Powerplant: 2 × Rolls-Royce Avon 211R afterburning turbojets
Dry thrust: 11,250 lbf (50.04 kN) each
Thrust with afterburner: 14,370 lbf (63.92 kN) each
Maximum speed: Mach 2.3 (1,500 mph) at 36,000 ft
Service ceiling: 60,000 ft+
Radar:AI.23
Ammo: 2 x 30mm ADEN cannon, with a choice of either 2 firestreaks in the fuselage or a pack with 2 ADENs.

F.2A in the game

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This has the potential to be a very good gunfighter; it should be noted that the F.2A lacks a little engine power compared to the F.6 already in the game, but instead is considerably lighter than the F.6.
Even in historical fact, the F.2A is preferred as an easier to fly aircraft than the F.6 due to its light weight, and within Warthunder, the F.2A will be an easier flight model to fly than the F.6.
Also, everyone will find the F.2A’s privileged payload of four 30mm ADEN cannons on the model attractive. I can assure you that it surpasses the F.6 in ease of gun application, along with the lighter weight of the aircraft, and players will be able to play with a more aggressive Lightning.

Source:

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Réacteurs simple et double flux: données caractéristiques/Élodie Roux
English Electric/BAC Lightning Mks 1-6/Kev Darling
English Electric Lightning/Martin Derry,Neil Robinson
Lightning Strikes Twice:The Story of the English Electric Lightning/Martin W. Bowman
https://www.eelightningsig.uk/f2a-pilots-notes.html
https://www.eelightningsig.uk/variants.html
AIRFIGHTERS.COM - English Electric Lightning F2A
English Electric (BAC) Lightning
Thunder & Lightnings - English Electric Lightning - History
English Electric Lightning - Wikipedia

PS: This post is copied from an old forum.

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