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"Supersonic Fighter Christened, 23/10/1958

The English Electric “Lightning”, the first fully supersonic all-weather fighter for the RAF, was officially named at a ceremony at the Royal Aircraft Establishment’s aerodrome at Farnborough, Hants, today, when the Chief of Air Staff, Marshal of the RAF, Sir Dermot Boyle, broke a bottle of champagne over the nose of the aircraft.

The Lightning is the fastest British aircraft in production, and has flown at speeds of over 1,200mph, and has a top speed of 1,500mph

Photo shows: Mr R.P. Beamont, the company’s chief test pilot pictured beside the aircraft after the christening ceremony today.”

"Supersonic Fighter Christened, 23/10/1958

The English Electric “Lightning”, the first fully supersonic all-weather fighter for the RAF, was officially named at a ceremony at the Royal Aircraft Establishment’s aerodrome at Farnborough, Hants, today, when the Chief of Air Staff, Marshal of the RAF, Sir Dermot Boyle, broke a bottle of champagne over the nose of the aircraft.

The Lightning is the fastest British aircraft in production, and has flown at speeds of over 1,200mph, and has a top speed of 1,500mph

Photo shows: Mr R.P. Beamont, the company’s chief test pilot pictured beside the aircraft after the christening ceremony today.”