The English Electric Lightning was designed in the late 1950`s as an interceptor. This class of aircraft had to have great speed and even better climb speed to intercept the Russian bombers before they could reach their targets. The Lightning most certainly is fast and was in fact the first aircraft that could do supercruise, meaning it could fly supersonic without the use of afterburner.
The F3 version in this product is not an easy aircraft to fly. It’s complex and full of systems you have to manage without the aid of modern electronics. Landing especially is hard as the landing speed is awfully high and there are many things you have to check.
Aircraft of this type are rare for Flight Simulator and we feel the Lightning fills a niche that needed filling.
•9 liveries ( 5 ; 11 ; 29 ; 56 ; 74 ; 92 ; 111 ; 56 (Firebirds) and LTF Squadrons)
•Highly detailed and accurate modeling with specialized animations throughout
•All instruments are faithfully reproduced in 3D
•Advanced flight dynamics
•Choice of Firestreak or Redtop missiles (or none)
•Cockpit ladder and array of ground equipment
•Customized taxi lights
•Multi zoned dimmable cockpit lighting
•More realistic brake chute by use of additional coding
•Realistic in-flight refueling rate (Refueling can take place when set parameters are reached to simplify the task for the less experienced fliers)
•Wing to wing fuel transfer
•Aerosoft Sound Module that adds sound to switches, controls and events for a more immersive environment. Engine sounds recorded during ground runs at the LPG (Lightning Preservation Group)
•Navigation in Direct TACAN and ILS modes (VOR/TACAN conversion card included)
•Full Autopilot and Flight Director
•Radar showing coastlines, runways and/or air traffic
•Many special effects including engine start, engine fires and day and night reheat etc
•Ejection sequence (for when things go badly wrong)
•Extensive documentation with authentic Flight Reference Cards for Normal and Emergency procedures, and a set of Pilots notes all reproduced from the service Air Publications, and a manual to explain specific usages in the simulator
•Bonus model of a Mk1A/2 exterior included especially for repainters (74 and 56 Firebirds Sqn. liveries) Note:- External model only, VC remains Mk3
Microsoft Flight Simulator X (SP2, Gold or Acceleration) or Lockheed Martin Prepar3D V2.2* or higher
Windows XP, Windows VISTA, Windows 7, Windows 8 (fully updated) (64 bit versions recommended)
Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 CPU (Core 2 Quad recommended)
2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended)
Direct X 9 compatible Graphics Card with minimal 512 MB (1 GB highly recommended)
Download-Size: 250 MB
Installations-Size: 610 MB
*there a few limitations with lights in Prepar3D v2, we are waiting for the planned update from Lockheed to solve those.
Visit the English Electric Lightning Product Page for further information and POH Manual.