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The English Electric Lightning has to be the most exciting aircraft I have ever seen, it exuded raw power and speed in a way no other aircraft did. When I was very young I was fortunate enough to see 'The Firebirds' which were the RAF's aerobatic display team equipped with nine Lightnings and were without doubt the loudest noise I have ever heard. Today three Lightnings are maintained in flying condition in South Africa, (two T5's and an F6), and there is a project in the USA to restore another Lightning to flying condition.