On August 4th, 1954 the Lightning jet fighter, developed by English Electric, took to the skies for the first time. Outfitted with two vertically stacked Rolls-Royce Avon engines, it could reach a top speed of over Mach 2 and perform a sustained supersonic flight without using an afterburner. Due to its amazing speed and rate of climb pilots have described flying it as “being saddled to a skyrocket”.
To celebrate the anniversary of its first flight, from August 4th (10:00 GMT) until August 7th (10:00 GMT)
Lightning F.53 jet fighter from the British research tree will be available for purchase for Golden Eagles.This export version of the aircraft was used by air forces of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait; its main distinction from the standard F.6 version is its ability to carry ground attack weapons, such as bombs and rockets. In air battles Lightning uses various missiles and incredibly powerful 30 mm cannons.