Lightning

Aircraft between 1946 and present

Picture: Lightning landing.

Aircraft types first flown between 1946 and present - Either used or tested by the Royal Air Force

Post World War II, Cold War 1945 –1991, Present

Royal Air Force and the Cold War

Chipmunk De Havilland Canada Chipmunk UK - 1946 - (Trainer)
Handley Page Hastings - 1946 (Four-engined piston transport)
Handley Page Marathon - 1946 (Four-engined piston navigation trainer)
Percival Prentice - 1946 (Single-engined piston trainer)

Auster Antarctic UK – 1947
Boulton Paul Balliol UK – 1947
Bristol Sycamore - 1947 (Single-engined communications helicopter)
North American Sabre -1947 (Single-engined jet fighter/interceptor)
Vickers Valetta - 1947 (Twin-engined (piston) transport)

Avro Athena UK – 1948
Hiller HT2 - 1948 (Single-engined land rescue helicopter)
Saro Skeeter - 1948 (Helicopter)

Vulcan Avro Shackleton - 1949 (Four-engined piston maritime patrol)
De Havilland Comet UK - 1949 - (Arliner)
De Havilland Venom - 1949 (Single-engined jet night fighter)
English Electric Canberra UK - 1949 - (Bomber)
Hawker Typhoon - 1949 (Single-engined piston fighter)
Vickers Varsity - 1949 (Twin-engined (piston) crew trainer)

Blackburn Beverley UK – 1950
De Havilland Heron - 1950 (Four-engined piston communications)
Percival Provost - 1950 (Single-engined piston trainer)
Scottish Aviation Pioneer - 1950 (Single-engined piston liaison)
Westland Dragonfly - 1950 (Single-engined piston helicopter)

Gloster Javelin - 1951 (Twin-engined jet fighter/interceptor)
Hawker Hunter - 1951 (Single-engined jet fighter/fighter-bomber)
Vickers Valiant - 1951 (Four-engined strategic bomber)

Lightning, Harrier and Phantom Avro Vulcan - 1952 (Four-engined jet strategic bomber)
Handley Page Victor - 1952 (Four-engined jet strategic bomber)

Hunting Percival Pembroke - 1953 (Twin-engined light transport)
Westland Whirlwind - 1953 (Single-engined helicopter)

Auster AOP UK – 1954
BAC Jet Provost - 1954 (Single-engined jet trainer)
English Electric Lightning - 1954 (Twin-engined jet fighter/interceptor)
Lockheed Hercules - 1954 (Four-engined turboprop transport)
Supermarine Swift - 1954 (Single-engined jet)

Folland Gnat - 1955 (Single-engined jet trainer)
Scottish Aviation Twin Pioneer - 1955 (Twin-engined piston transport)

Bristol Britannia UK - 1956 (medium/long-range airliner)

Phantom Blackburn Buccaneer UK - 1958 (strike aircraft)
McDonnell Douglas Phantom - 1958 (Twin-engined jet fighter)
Westland Wessex - 1958 (radio and navigator training)
Westland Wessex - 1958 (Twin-engined transport helicopter)

Armstrong Whitworth AW.660 - 1959
Argosy UK – 1959

Beagle Husky - 1960 (Single-engined piston trainer)
Hawker Siddeley Kestrel - 1960 (Single-engined fighter, ground-attack aircraft/experimental)

Beagle Basset UK - 1961
Bristol Belvedere UK - 1961 (Cargo helicopter)
Boeing-Vertol Chinook USA - 1961 - (Transport helicopter)

Hawker Siddeley Dominie 1962 (Twin-engined jet navigation trainer)
Hawker Siddeley HS 125 - 1962 (Twin-engined jet VIP transport)
Vickers VC-10 - 1962 (Four-engined jet transport/tanker)

Short Belfast UK - 1964 (heavy lift turbopropfreighter)

Nimrod Britten-Norman Islander - 1965 (Twin-engined communications aircraft)
Hawker Siddeley Andover UK – 1965

BAE Nimrod - 1967 (Four-engined jet maritime patrol) See Nimrod
Hawker Siddeley Harrier - 1967 (Single-engined jet vertical take off and landing ground attack) See Harrier
Scottish Aviation Jetstream - 1967 ( Twin-engined turboprop multi-engine trainer)
Westland Gazelle - 1967 (Single-engined light training and VIP helicopter)

SEPECAT Jaguar - 1968 (Twin-engined jet ground-attack)
Westland/Aérospatiale Puma - 1968 (Twin-engined transport helicopter)

Scottish Aviation Bulldog UK - 1969 (Trainer)
Westland Sea King - 1969 (Twin-engined rescue helicopter)

Lockheed Tristar - 1970 (Three-engined jet transport/tanker)

Agusta A109E Italy – 1971

Beechcraft Super King Air - 1972 (Twin-engined turboprop multi-engine trainer)

Tornado GR4 British Aerospace Hawk - 1974 (Single-engined jet trainer)
Eurocopter Squirrel - 1974 (Single-engined training helicopter)
Panavia Tornado - 1974 (Twin-engined fighter/bomber) See Tornado F3 and Tornado GR4
Slingsby Firefly - 1974 (Single-engined trainer aircraft)

Boeing Sentry - 1977 ( Four-engined jet AWACS)

BAe/McDonnell Douglas Harrier II - 1978 (Single-engined jet vertical take off and landing ground attack) See Harrier

Eurocopter Twin Squirrel - 1979 (Twin-engined helicopter)

Bell Griffin - 1981 (Twin-engined turbo training and rescue helicopter)

BAe 146 UK - 1983 (medium-sized commercial airliner)

Grob Tutor - 1985 (Single-engined piston trainer)

Shorts Tucano - 1986 (Single-engined turboprop trainer)

European Helicopter Industries - Merlin - 1987 (Three-engined helicopter transport)

C-17A Globemaster Boeing C-17 Globemaster III - 1991 (Four-engined jet transport/cargo)

Eurofighter Typhoon - 1994 (Twin-engined jet fighter)

Raytheon Sentinel - ASTOR - 2004 (Surveillance)

Recent Historical Aircraft

Present day aircraft

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