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The English Electric Lightning was an aircraft developed in the Cold War era, developed by English Electric (Before it was absorbed by the British Aircraft Corporation). It was the only all-British Mach 2 fighter, and was used as an interceptor until it was retired, though it was never required to attack another aircraft. It has appeared in all three Airforce Delta games. It was called the English Electric Lightning/F6 in the first two games. It was a secret plane in the first game, having two fairly convoluted unlock requirements. In Airforce Delta Storm, it was also somewhat of a secret plane, though much easier to unlock. In Airforce Delta Strike, however, it's the starting plane of Rick Campbell.

Design (All games)

From the front, the Lightning has a very standard design, quite similar to a MiG. However, once you look at the rear-end, you can see the incredibly strangely stacked engines that make this craft unique. Aside from that, the plane has a fairly simple Cold War-era design; Large slanted wings, semi-hollow nose, etc etc.

Performance

Airforce Delta

Despite its status as a secret plane, this plane is very below average overall. The only stat that's noteworthy is Speed; all other stats are below average. The low stats do not warrant the insane price tag at all.

Airforce Delta Storm

Once again, a hidden plane with below average stats, though this time the cost is much less insipid. Speed is, again, the highlight. All other stats range from mediocre to bad.

Airforce Delta Strike

Having lost its hidden plane status in this game, it is now the starting plane for Rick. It's a fairly okay starting plane. Mobility is okay to start off, and it's got semi decent anti-air stats, with speed to help back it up. It'll be replaced soon enough, but to start off with, it's not bad at all.

Statistics

Airforce Delta

Type Stats
Speed:Very high
Power:Medium-low
Defense:Medium-low
Mobility:Medium-low

Airforce Delta Storm

Type Stats
Attack:Very low
Defense:Medium-low (2000 HP)
Speed:High
Power:Medium
Mobility:Medium-low
Missile:35
Ability:No
Range:2

Note: There are no differences in stats between the US and PAL versions.

Airforce Delta Strike

(Clockwise starting from top)

Type Stats
Anti Air Attack:Medium-high
Mobility:Medium
Defense:Low (1600 HP)
Anti Ground Attack:Very low
Thrust:Low
Speed:Medium

Enemy Appearances (Missions)

Airforce Delta

  • A lone Lightning appears in Military Supply Base. It is not required; BUT shooting it down with vulcans will unlock the craft for purchase without having to complete hard mode.

Airforce Delta Storm

Gallery

Airforce Delta

Airforce Delta Storm

Airforce Delta Strike

Trivia

  • This is the single most expensive buyable plane in the franchise, with the Airforce Delta incarnation costing 8,000,000 credits.
  • This aircraft shares the same plane number in the US version of Storm and all versions of Strike.
  • The generic paint scheme of this plane in Strike looks very similar to the enemy paint scheme from the original Airforce Delta (both are green with white lines).
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