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Lightning mk1a XM178 "Firebird"

136k RamboJutter  2.4 years ago

From 1963 the official aerobatic team of the Royal Air Force became the Firebirds which fly nine English Electric Lightning F.Mk 1A aircraft. The team was from No 56th Squadron at Wattisham, Suffolk as all planes were painted in the squadron's paint scheme in overall silver and red tail. The team's name came from the No 56th Squadron patch which includes a firebird. The most iconic all british supersonic jet fighter (go see one fast taxy at Bruntingthorpe, its awesome). Enjoy, im going to lie down.

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General Characteristics

  • Successors 1 airplane(s)
  • Created On Windows
  • Wingspan 26.3ft (8.0m)
  • Length 40.7ft (12.4m)
  • Height 14.0ft (4.3m)
  • Empty Weight 6,571lbs (2,980kg)
  • Loaded Weight 14,117lbs (6,403kg)

Performance

  • Power/Weight Ratio 4.775
  • Wing Loading 22.6lbs/ft2 (110.5kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 623.8ft2 (58.0m2)
  • Drag Points 4306

Parts

  • Number of Parts 313
  • Control Surfaces 1
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    @TheFantasticTyphoon Thanks =)

    5 months ago
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    Little late to the party, but I have to congratulate you on how good this Lightning looks!

    5 months ago
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    @RamboJutter Agreed, thanks for understanding.

    2.4 years ago
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    @F104Deathtrap none at all, was entertaining but we needed to draw a line under it before it fit out of hand :)

    2.4 years ago
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    Hey, I just wanted to apologize about the mess on your TSR2 comments. You did a great job with it and I hope there's no hard feelings.

    2.4 years ago
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    21.6k ChiChiWerx

    @GhostHTX, well said.

    2.4 years ago
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    @GhostHTX thanks, I appreciate the comments, your response was spot on.

    2.4 years ago
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    29.6k GhostHTX

    This is a very, very, very (very) good build. Lovely stuff! @RamboJutter

    2.4 years ago
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    29.6k GhostHTX

    @asg I am not trying to be mean, but Your Cougar is not as polished as this Lightning.
    To give you a quick critique; the shape is slightly off, the USN insignia are very large and blocky (try finding some slimmer ones) and the NAVY lettering doesnt follow the lines of the fuselage. It stands out like some sort of billboard. The cockpit is nice, but you downloaded that. Plus I dont think someone elses build is really the place to be airing your frustrations at not getting the upvotes you think you deserve.

    2.4 years ago
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    2,288 asg

    And mine also has a much more detailed cockpit.

    2.4 years ago
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    2,288 asg

    My f-9 has similar amounts of detail and better armament but still gets barely any upvotes and downloads compared to this >:(

    2.4 years ago
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    @Tang0five ty, by far the most detailed model I have done yet, still forgot the brake parachute and to sort the flaps... thanks for all the comments BTW, much appreciated.

    2.4 years ago
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    33.3k Tang0five

    Love the detail!

    2.4 years ago
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    The real one had a top speed in excess of 1200mph (the story goes that they never hit the top speed as it always ran out of fuel first). But simple planes either has something that accelerates realistically but has a very low top speed or accelerates silly fast but has a more realistic top speed. I like speed. Might do an f6 variant at some point.

    2.4 years ago
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    69.8k TMach5

    Nicely done! It's really fast!

    2.4 years ago