The Lightning was a high performance supersonic interceptor designed to defend Britain against nuclear armed bombers. They began entering service in 1960 and were phased out between 1974 and June 1988.

The first operational version of the Lightning was the F.1.

Only 28 were produced before production moved on to more advanced versions.

Most served with 74 Squadron from June 1960s before being dispersed to smaller units for other uses.

This squadron flew Lightning F.1s at Coltishall until 1964 when it moved to Leuchars to fly Lightning F.3s. Later it flew Lightning F.6s in Singapore and in 1971 flew them to Cyprus where they were handed to 56 Squadron, before disbanding.

This model represents Lightning F.1 XM135, the first production Lightning, in service with 74 Squadron, RAF, at Coltishall in 1962. This aircraft is preserved and on display at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford.

Trumpeter 1/72 kit with Xtradecal decals. Completed in June 2009.


MODEL: BAC LIghtning F.1 (XM135, 74 Sqd, RAF, 1962)

ROLE: supersonic all-weather interceptor

TIME PERIOD: 1957-1988

ENGINES: two Rolls Royce Avon 201 turbojet engines of 50.05kN dry and 64.2kN reheat thrust each

WING SPAN: 10.62m

LENGTH: 16.84m


MAXIMUM SPEED: 1,815km/h


ARMAMENT: two 30mm Aden cannon and two Firestreak missiles

SCALE: 1/72


DECALS: Xtradecal

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