English Electric Lightning XS904 Nightshoot

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English Electric Lightning XS904

Have uploaded this one in its own right. I was going to make this the lead shot but thought it was too dark but people seem to like it more than the others…

Edited this version a bit, have cloned out the chock handle in front of the starboard wheel.

30 comments on “English Electric Lightning XS904 Nightshoot
  1. salfordlad1 says:

    I like this shot Ian..I like that dark side..

  2. GreyCopse says:

    Superb shot. Saw one of these whilst at ATC summer camp RAF Leeming in the 1970’s doing the stand on it’s tail thing and rocket up at an unbelievable speed until out of sight. Stood there staring like an idiot. Cost me a bawling out by the drill Corporal as we were on parade at the time but it was so worth it just to see it, brilliant 😀

  3. Highy says:

    Yeah, I really like this one mate, does need that L button to appreciate in all it’s magnificence!

  4. crusader752 says:

    Man – these are good Ian! Will have to make the effort next time but it’s a bloody long way for an evening shoot! Reading [http://www.flickr.com/photos/greycopse] description takes me back to a similar event……ATC Summer camp at Coltishall 1968 when it was home to the Lightning Conversion Unit – No.226 OCU, various Lightning Squadrons and the Saudi Training Flight with four T.55’s (one of which now resides at MAM at Coventry.

    Apart from various gawpings from the apron, being tasked with polishing one in the hangar, inspecting one whose brakes had failed, languishing in the hangar corner after being extracted from said hangar side, taxying out in the back of a Chipmunk while all sorts were going on, USAF F-100’s, RF-4C’s from Alconbury and a Voodoo doing airfield attacks and fly-thrus’ ……but then being tasked with scaling a ‘blast wall’ down by the threshold while various Lightnings taxied past, Pilot’s waving and then burnt off vertically into the ether. Christ I’ve got goose bumps typing this!!!!!!
    Happy Days or what! :-))

  5. bazylek100 says:

    Certainly worth the upload. Good addition to the series!

  6. nondesigner59 says:

    Looks quite menacing.!!

  7. southseadave says:

    I like the light and shadow look to this. It hints at a powerful beast.

  8. cgullz says:

    i’m glad you uploaded it in it’s own right, it’s a great shot – the lighting, is like dark and light side of the moon kind of stuff. wonderfully split centrally, with that portside tyre necessary to show balance / level to the shot. pretty cool shooting Ian.

  9. Harry Measures says:

    Like this, reminds me of some of my JJ shots from East Kirkby. looks very menacing in the dark!

  10. martin.jordan says:

    Spectacular. Bruntingthorpe I presume?

  11. Jessicasrider says:

    Simple but very effective; great work

  12. amyrey says:

    ’tis a good ‘un

  13. Richard Tierney says:

    Agree with the others Ian.. this is fabulous… She looks the DB’s 🙂

  14. mickb6265 says:

    beautifully atmospheric,ian..good exposure,too..!

  15. mick cooke says:

    brilliant ian ,great atmosphere ,
    great work ian

  16. gato-gato-gato says:


  17. www.paulholtom.co.uk says:

    Great shot, must get to one of the evening shoots.

  18. Ian D B says:

    Another Explored – thanks everyone.

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/greycopse] [http://www.flickr.com/photos/29288836@N00]
    Thanks for sharing those memories guys. I have never seen one airborne. But people who have always talk about the noise and of how they stand on their tails and rocket out of sight. I have missed out and am just sick with envy.

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/yod] Yeah it was worth the drive from Manchester to Leicestershire. Bruntingthorpe is an interesting place, good to wander round all those old and battered jets.
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/angwickham] I am surprised it gets so much attention as the thumb just looks black and uninteresting.

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/highy] [http://www.flickr.com/photos/25305713@N04] [http://www.flickr.com/photos/25305713@N04] [http://www.flickr.com/photos/gato-gato-gato] [http://www.flickr.com/photos/mick_cooke_wildlife] [http://www.flickr.com/photos/mickb6265] [http://www.flickr.com/photos/richardtierney] [http://www.flickr.com/photos/amybigkiss] [http://www.flickr.com/photos/88409432@N06] [http://www.flickr.com/photos/southseadave] [http://www.flickr.com/photos/harrymeasures] [http://www.flickr.com/photos/nondesigner] [http://www.flickr.com/photos/bazylek] [http://www.flickr.com/photos/paulholtom/] Thanks guys!

  19. Through Collette's eyes says:

    I’ve always liked the dark and I think it works really well in this shot and adds to the atmosphere
    : )

  20. stuant63 says:

    Superb. I think it looks great – if a bit menacing! Brings back memories too – years ago, we used to hear and see these (and Phantoms) almost everyday taking off from nearby RAF Leuchars.

  21. Neil. Moralee says:

    Love it.

  22. pasujoba says:

    Thats the money shot Ian ……jealous …i never get bloody explored …..not even wi that one i took of same aircraft !

  23. Tech Owl says:

    The part silhouette and silver light make the interest here Ian – having said that I understand your comments. There are several of my shot that I skip over and then when I post one, it seems to have more appeal that the ones I prefer … must be me!

  24. crusader752 says:

    Congrats on explore Ian – nice one and worth coming back for another look just to say so! 🙂

  25. Dirk Bruin says:

    Great shot!

  26. cgullz says:

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/maycontaintracesofnuts] obviously the surprise the lurks there is worth it 🙂 [http://www.flickr.com/photos/29288836@N00] ditto 🙂

  27. Billy Currie says:

    Lovely use of the side light, keeps the nice mysterious look

  28. stiemer says:

    Shadow Warrior.

  29. Frank Fullard says:

    Awesome use of light! Terrific shot!

  30. Tomitheos says:

    great light on this
    makes the silver metal pop

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