The Lightning was developed by English Electric as a fighter and interceptor aircraft. It remains the only UK designed and built production fighter which is capable of Mach 2. Powered by two Rolls Royce Avon turbojet engines arranged in a unique vertical, staggered configuration the Lightning was known for its exceptional rate of climb, service ceiling and speed. These qualities resulted in the Lightning being a superb interceptor aircraft. After some initial teething problems the aircraft was beloved by most pilots who flew it. This artwork depicts the Lightning doing what it was designed to do - intercepting a Soviet bomber.