“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.”