PostHeaderIcon Lightning-T5 Photo's - August thunder run

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Both Andrew Pearse and Tim Ainsworth apparently enjoying themselves packing the first parachute of the day. 6th August 2011.

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XS458 backtracking up Cranfields runway 03 in preperation for the first run of the day.

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The T5 Lightning only carried air to air missiles as its armament. Redtop and the earlier Firestreak, as seen on XS458 in this photo.

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Turning XS458 into wind, Dennis Brooks lines up on Cranfields runway 21.

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Hunched right down on its nose leg, the Avons are steadily brought up to full throttle! Then....

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.....She's away! Captured, the moment that the afterburner is lit. The flame seen from No 2 engine is the hot streak, the afterburner's ignition.

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Leaving the Western holding area. XS458 starts on its second run of the day. A lovely shot with the heat haze very much in evidence.

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Showing off the 111Sqn colours, XS458 approaches the runway for another thunder run.

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With only a mile of runway to play with Dennis Brooks has to act fast to go from full afterburner to brake chute and apply airbrakes and flaps. 

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With a delightful backdrop, XS458 is posed wonderfully as Dennis Brooks turns off the runway.

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An unusual head on shot as XS458 turns off the runway. The brake parachute, air-brakes and flaps adds drama at the end of a successful run.

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The moment the brake parachute is no longer needed. Seen moments after jettisoning the 'chute.

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The Lightning is posed after the second run is over. A photographer is shown the cockpit and its instruments by Dennis.

 

 

 

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