Lightning Simulator on the Sinclair Spectrum

" The one which really sticks out in my mind from way back then was one that I found as a budget title for the Spectrum. The sim was based around the RAF's Lightning point interceptor. Although the graphics were wire frame and there were practically no ground graphics, the attention to detail, complexity, flight modelling and combat were unbelievable. I think the programmer had been a Lightning pilot.

I remember managing to take off, intercepting an intruding Russian jet (Fencer?), shooting it down and then landing in one piece and thinking that I deserved a major prize. After that I didn't touch it again because I knew I probably couldn't repeat it!

Anyway, just thought I'd mention it. The other interesting thing was that it had a gun camera feature. "

MiGMan thanks Mungo for remembering this classic sim.



Two Lightnings at Ali Al Salem airport in Kuwait during Desert Storm.

BAC English Electric Lightnings from
Scott Cunningham's massive collection of original combat photos

In it's day the Lightning had few peers. Unusual design features included the vertically stacked engines and overwing fuel tank mounts... yes, you read correctly.... OVERWING!

Specs :

Links English Electric Lightning - In the 1950's the Lightning was about the fastest thing with 2 wings and set many speed and performance records. Unusual design features included the vertically stacked engines and overwing fuel tank mounts... yes, you read correctly.... OVERWING !

English Electric Lightning

Errata

2005 - Jan
Name corrected from "Spectrum Lightning sim" to "Lightning Simulator" and release date moved from 1982 to 1988.
Thanks to Adrian Brown