Thunder & Lightnings

About This Site

When first created in 1994 (then known as The Hangar), the reason was purely that there were plenty of American aircraft on the web, but very little about British types. From the initial beginnings of simply showing off a few photos of each type it's been expanded so that each type has a history page, sometimes a memories page, a list of surviving examples (with as many pictures as I can get hold of), and a picture gallery including walkaround shots for modellers, topped off with a page listing additional web sites you can visit and books etc. to read. Hopefully it acts as a jumping off point for you to learn more about any aircraft you become interested in.

Aside for the individual aircraft sections, the site also has an Airfield Viewing Guide, which is a guide to various airfields in the UK and where you should go to get decent pictures (or just read off serials if you're into that side of things) plus a collection of links to other sites worth visiting (including a clickable map of the UK showing the various aviation museums and organisations).

I always welcome submissions of good photographs to add to these pages, so if you have a picture you'd like displayed, get in touch - I can be contacted via the contact page.

My criteria for including an aircraft on this site are simple:

  1. It must have been operated by the British military, spending most of its useful service life in the years after 1945. So you're not going to see Spitfires here, but you will see Meteors (when I get round to it!).
  2. There must be at least one surviving example which the public can view (e.g. in a museum).

Suggestions for other aircraft to cover are gratefully received. I will lean towards covering the popular choices first, though I reserve the right to do whatever I feel like!

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The site does make use of various CSS3 features only found in more modern browsers (older ones will cope but the site won't be as pretty!), and will look best at a screen resolution of 1024 x 768 or higher.


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Extracts from the text or screenshots of the site may be reproduced within reason (e.g. for review purposes) provided you inform me and credit me by name and with the location of this site ( Images credited to another party remain that party's copyright and you must ask their permission if you want to use the images for anything other than personal use.

Personal use: you're quite welcome to use them as wallpaper on your computer, as reference for modelling, and so on.

If you see a picture credited 'author' that you particularly like, and would like a print or enlargement of it, email me and we'll see what we can sort out. Some of my photos are available for sale here.