Lightning aircraft to take centre stage at BAE Systems site

Lancashire Telegraph: An artist’s impression of how the aircraft will look An artist’s impression of how the aircraft will look

TWO Lightning aircraft will take centre stage at the entrance of BAE Systems in Samlesbury, replacing the popular model that acted as the site’s ‘guardian’ until it was removed in February.

The new model aircrafts will be an English Electric Lightning and F-35 Lightning II, which the firm believes will represent the past, present and future of the Lancashire site.

Planning permission for both of the full-scale aircraft models was granted earlier in the year and the pair will land on Samlesbury soil in summer next year.

Ian Wood, Samlesbury site director, said: “The Lancashire weather had really taken its toll on the previous Lightning aircraft and it got to a point where we had to remove it. When that happened, we were inundated with calls and concerns from employees and members of the community.

“That aircraft was part of our identity, part of our proud heritage.

“That’s why I’m delighted to share our plans for two new gate guardians in 2014.

“The English Electric Lightning represents a proud past and the Lightning II a bright future.

“I can’t wait to see the look on people’s faces when they get to see the two side by side.”

The English Electric Lightning holds a special place in the history of the North West as it was the first completely British designed and built fighter aircraft able to fly at twice the speed of sound.

It was a turning point in aviation history with the first production aircraft making its maiden flight from Samlesbury on the 3rd November 1959.

Currently, the site employs over 4,000 people, 1,000 of whom work directly on the F-35 Lightning II programme.

The F-35 Lightning II is multi-role, all weather attack aircraft that can operate from both and and sea.

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11:51pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Jerzei Balowski says...

Note to LET - the plural of aircraft is aircraft, not aircrafts.
Note to LET - the plural of aircraft is aircraft, not aircrafts. Jerzei Balowski

12:23am Tue 31 Dec 13

3 for 10p says...

What they should have to reprsresent what the company is all about is a model of a brown envelopes, with a giant hand, ( back of ). :-)
Blood thirsty war mongering b'st'ds (corrupt ones at that).
What they should have to reprsresent what the company is all about is a model of a brown envelopes, with a giant hand, ( back of ). :-) Blood thirsty war mongering b'st'ds (corrupt ones at that). 3 for 10p

9:17am Tue 31 Dec 13

rudis_dad says...

3 for 10p wrote:
What they should have to reprsresent what the company is all about is a model of a brown envelopes, with a giant hand, ( back of ). :-)
Blood thirsty war mongering b'st'ds (corrupt ones at that).
They may well be, but they're probably semi-literate ones...
[quote][p][bold]3 for 10p[/bold] wrote: What they should have to reprsresent what the company is all about is a model of a brown envelopes, with a giant hand, ( back of ). :-) Blood thirsty war mongering b'st'ds (corrupt ones at that).[/p][/quote]They may well be, but they're probably semi-literate ones... rudis_dad

9:23am Tue 31 Dec 13

burner says...

Hope the sheeps enjoy looking at them.
Hope the sheeps enjoy looking at them. burner

9:24am Tue 31 Dec 13

drunken donut says...

3 for 10p wrote:
What they should have to reprsresent what the company is all about is a model of a brown envelopes, with a giant hand, ( back of ). :-)
Blood thirsty war mongering b'st'ds (corrupt ones at that).
Have you ever thought of a career in journalism at the LET?
[quote][p][bold]3 for 10p[/bold] wrote: What they should have to reprsresent what the company is all about is a model of a brown envelopes, with a giant hand, ( back of ). :-) Blood thirsty war mongering b'st'ds (corrupt ones at that).[/p][/quote]Have you ever thought of a career in journalism at the LET? drunken donut

10:26am Tue 31 Dec 13

greenscreener says...

drunken donut wrote:
3 for 10p wrote:
What they should have to reprsresent what the company is all about is a model of a brown envelopes, with a giant hand, ( back of ). :-)
Blood thirsty war mongering b'st'ds (corrupt ones at that).
Have you ever thought of a career in journalism at the LET?
What, and deprive the diplomatic service of such eloquence ?
[quote][p][bold]drunken donut[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]3 for 10p[/bold] wrote: What they should have to reprsresent what the company is all about is a model of a brown envelopes, with a giant hand, ( back of ). :-) Blood thirsty war mongering b'st'ds (corrupt ones at that).[/p][/quote]Have you ever thought of a career in journalism at the LET?[/p][/quote]What, and deprive the diplomatic service of such eloquence ? greenscreener

10:27am Tue 31 Dec 13

RK says...

3 for 10p wrote:
What they should have to reprsresent what the company is all about is a model of a brown envelopes, with a giant hand, ( back of ). :-)
Blood thirsty war mongering b'st'ds (corrupt ones at that).
How about a giant peni5 to remind the world of you?
[quote][p][bold]3 for 10p[/bold] wrote: What they should have to reprsresent what the company is all about is a model of a brown envelopes, with a giant hand, ( back of ). :-) Blood thirsty war mongering b'st'ds (corrupt ones at that).[/p][/quote]How about a giant peni5 to remind the world of you? RK

11:49am Tue 31 Dec 13

Victor.meldrew says...

3 for 10p wrote:
What they should have to reprsresent what the company is all about is a model of a brown envelopes, with a giant hand, ( back of ). :-)
Blood thirsty war mongering b'st'ds (corrupt ones at that).
Why don't you ask them if you can sit in the COCKpit, you can keep an eye on the place then, see who is coming and going and look out for these corrupt people.
[quote][p][bold]3 for 10p[/bold] wrote: What they should have to reprsresent what the company is all about is a model of a brown envelopes, with a giant hand, ( back of ). :-) Blood thirsty war mongering b'st'ds (corrupt ones at that).[/p][/quote]Why don't you ask them if you can sit in the COCKpit, you can keep an eye on the place then, see who is coming and going and look out for these corrupt people. Victor.meldrew

12:27pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Is Eckersley playing? says...

greenscreener wrote:
drunken donut wrote:
3 for 10p wrote:
What they should have to reprsresent what the company is all about is a model of a brown envelopes, with a giant hand, ( back of ). :-)
Blood thirsty war mongering b'st'ds (corrupt ones at that).
Have you ever thought of a career in journalism at the LET?
What, and deprive the diplomatic service of such eloquence ?
I suggest you a) think about what you are writing before doing so, b) have a dictionary close at hand and c) with an attitude such as yours move to another site.
[quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]drunken donut[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]3 for 10p[/bold] wrote: What they should have to reprsresent what the company is all about is a model of a brown envelopes, with a giant hand, ( back of ). :-) Blood thirsty war mongering b'st'ds (corrupt ones at that).[/p][/quote]Have you ever thought of a career in journalism at the LET?[/p][/quote]What, and deprive the diplomatic service of such eloquence ?[/p][/quote]I suggest you a) think about what you are writing before doing so, b) have a dictionary close at hand and c) with an attitude such as yours move to another site. Is Eckersley playing?

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