By Roger Lindsay
This booklet features a pictorial background of the English electrical Lightning in RAF provider. together with person plane histories.
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S speed ~nd ran ge. centrIfugal-flow turbojets. \00 kgp (6. 834. 084 Ib st ) for cruise. differing mainly in having a more effi cient compressor: the'engine's dry weight and external dimensions rema ined unchanged. This undoubted achievement was made possible by the use of new heat-resistant alloys. more efficient cooling. Specific fu el consumption (SFC) was 6 per cent lower than that of the production VK- IA. However. preliminary design studies showed that the swept-wing Il-28S tstrelovidnove krvlo - swept wi ngs) o ffe red no significa nt ad vant ages over the prod uction Beagle.
This weapo n was carried externa lly under the fu selage. Outwa rdly the 11-28-131 could be identified by a sma ll a ngular fairing under the nose. p robably housing the guida nce an tenna for the bomb. The U B-2 F was a lso ca rried by specia lly modified Tu-1 6 Badger-A bombers which ca rried two such bombs on underwing pylons. ~ ~ ~ ~ I1-28PL anti-submarine warfare aircraft The late 1950s and early 1960s saw ano ther escalation o f the Co ld War which nearlv turned into a full -blown hot wa r during the C uban missile crisis.
Including Czechoslovak ia and Hunga ry. Another specialized version was intended for electronic co untermeasures (ECM) . Some sources claim the aircraft was designated I1-28REB (rahdioelek tronnava bor 'bah - ECM). The main identification feature of thi s version was the cylind rica l wingtip pods reminiscent of the I1-28R 's d rop tanks, but feat uri ng dielectric front and rear po rtions co ncealing emitter antenna s, The ECM versio n was also supplied to Czechoslovakia . - ~ .. • A Hu ngarian Air Force 11-28RTR ELINT aircraft .