XS904/BQ afterburner run on upper engine.

The Lightning had two Rolls Royce afterburning Avon engines mounted one above the other. At full afterburner (or reheat as it is often referred to) acceleration was phenomenal but so was its ability to burn fuel. Very often the QRA aircraft would climb to height and in flight re-fuel before intercepting the target.

Ref: Brunt 2

Date: 15/11/2008

Location: Bruntingthorpe

Photographer: Karl Lucas

Lightning afterburner test.

The Lightning had two Rolls Royce afterburning Avon engines mounted one above the other. At full afterburner (or reheat as it is often referred to) acceleration was phenomenal but so was its ability to burn fuel. Very often the QRA aircraft would climb to height and in flight re-fuel before intercepting the target.

Ref: Brunt 2

Date: 15/11/2008

Location: Bruntingthorpe

Photographer: Karl Lucas