|This page is about the premium gift British jet fighter Lightning F.53. For the regular version, see Lightning F.6.|
- 1 Description
- 2 General info
- 3 Armaments
- 4 Usage in battles
- 5 History
- 6 Media
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
The Lightning F.53 is a premium gift rank VI British jet fighter with a battle rating of 9.3 (AB/RB) and 9.7 (SB). It was introduced in Update "Danger Zone" as a premium pack but was removed from the Gaijin store after the 2022 "Winter sale". It was briefly made available for purchase with Golden Eagles for the 2023 anniversary of its first flight.
The Lightning F.53 is an export variant of the Lightning F.6 which was used by the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) and the Kuwait Air Force (with the in-game vehicle representing a RSAF Lightning). The main difference between the Lightning F.53 and the standard F.6 version is that the F.53 can carry a selection of ground attack ordnance (bombs and rockets). The Lightning F.53 retains the stacked engines and side-mounted missiles, while adding to the list of unusual design choices with the unique ability to carry ordnance on top of the wings; something very few other aircraft were designed to do (the Jaguar GR.1A being a notable one).
|Characteristics|| Max Speed
(km/h at 12,192 m)
| Max altitude
| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Take-off run|
|Combat flaps||Take-off flaps||Landing flaps||Air brakes||Arrestor gear||Drogue chute|
|Wings (km/h)||Gear (km/h)||Flaps (km/h)||Max Static G|
|Optimal velocities (km/h)|
|< 850||< 700||< 700||N/A|
|Engine name||Number||Wing loading (full fuel)|
|Rolls-Royce Avon Mk.302||2||14,020 kg||436 kg/m2|
|Engine characteristics||Mass with fuel (no weapons load)|| Max Takeoff|
|Weight (each)||Type||6m fuel||20m fuel||22m fuel|
|1,310 kg||Afterburning axial-flow turbojet||15,382 kg||18,109 kg||18,559 kg||19,000 kg|
|Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (WEP)|
|Condition||100%||WEP||6m fuel||20m fuel||22m fuel||MTOW|
|Stationary||5,616 kgf||7,413 kgf||0.96||0.82||0.80||0.78|
|Optimal|| 5,616 kgf
| 7,747 kgf
Survivability and armour
The Lightning F.53 has an identical internal layout to the Lightning F.6 upon which it is based. This means that most of the area in the wings is full of fuel tanks; likewise the stacked and staggered engines are retained. While the top engine is exposed and vulnerable to enemy attacks it can often absorb bullets, protecting the lower engine from damage (assuming the enemy is attacking you from the rear and above).
Where the Lightning F.53 does differ from the Lightning F.6 is in the addition of a 64 mm bulletproof glass windscreen. This is the only armour found on either aircraft.
Modifications and economy
The Lightning F.53 is armed with:
- 2 x 30 mm ADEN cannons, belly-mounted (120 rpg = 240 total)
The Lightning F.53 can be outfitted with the following ordnance presets:
- Without load
- 2 x Firestreak missiles
- 2 x Red Top missiles
- 4 x 540 lb Mk.M2 bombs (2,160 lb total)
- 2 x 1,000 lb L.D H.E. M.C. Mk.1 bombs (2,000 lb total)
- 144 x SNEB type 23 rockets + 48 x RN rockets
- 144 x SNEB type 23 rockets + 2 x Firestreak missiles
- 2 x Firestreak missiles + 4 x 540 lb Mk.M2 bombs (2,160 lb total)
- 2 x Red Top missiles + 144 x SNEB type 23 rockets
- 2 x Red Top missiles + 4 x 540 lb Mk.M2 bombs (2,160 lb total)
Custom loadout options
|540 lb Mk.M2 bombs||1, 2||1, 2|
|1,000 lb L.D H.E. M.C. Mk.1 bombs||1||1|
|SNEB type 23 rockets||18, 36||36||36||18, 36|
|Red Top missiles||2|
|Maximum permissible weight imbalance: 450 kg|
Usage in battles
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Pros and cons
- Good climb rate and acceleration.
- Formidable angle-of-attack above low speeds.
- Very powerful cannons, and good missiles.
- Surprisingly good turn rate between 800 and 1,000 km/h IAS.
- Large rocket payload.
- Quite poor energy retention.
- Large target for enemy aircraft.
- Awkward under-belly cannon placement.
- Relatively low top speed (1,280 km/h IAS at sea level).
- Poor low-speed manoeuvrability - accurate low-speed usage of rockets against ground targets is difficult.
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|The English Electric Company Limited|
|Jet Fighters||Lightning F.6 · Lightning F.53|
|Jet Bombers||Canberra B Mk 2 · Canberra B (I) Mk 6|
|The English Electric Company allowed the Glenn L. Martin Company to license-build Canberra bombers for the United States Air Force.|
|Britain jet aircraft|
|Blackburn||Buccaneer S.1 · Buccaneer S.2|
|British Aerospace||Harrier GR.7 · Sea Harrier FRS.1 (e) · Sea Harrier FRS.1|
|English Electric||Canberra B Mk 2 · Canberra B (I) Mk 6 · Lightning F.6 · Lightning F.53|
|Gloster||Meteor F Mk 3 · Sea Meteor F Mk 3 · Meteor F Mk 4 G.41F · Meteor F Mk 4 G.41G · Meteor F Mk 8 G.41K · Meteor F Mk.8 Reaper|
|Javelin F.(A.W.) Mk.9|
|de Havilland||Vampire FB 5 · Venom FB.4 · Sea Venom FAW 20 · Sea Vixen F.A.W. Mk.2|
|Hawker||Sea Hawk FGA.6 · Hunter F.1 · Hunter F.6 · Hunter FGA.9 · Harrier GR.1 · Harrier GR.3|
|Panavia||Tornado GR.1 · Tornado F.3|
|SEPECAT||Jaguar GR.1 · Jaguar GR.1A|
|Supermarine||Attacker FB 1 · Attacker FB.2 · Scimitar F Mk.1 · Swift F.1 · Swift F.7|
|Foreign||Phantom FG.1 (USA) · Phantom FGR.2 (USA) · F-4J(UK) Phantom II (USA)|
|Britain premium aircraft|
|Fighters||Tuck's Gladiator Mk II · ▄Boomerang Mk I · ▄Boomerang Mk II · ▄D.520|
|▄Martlet Mk IV · ▄Corsair F Mk II · ▄Hellcat Mk II · ▄Thunderbolt Mk.1 · ▄Mustang Mk IA|
|Hurricane Mk.I/L FAA M · Spitfire Mk.IIa Venture I · Spitfire F Mk IXc · Plagis' Spitfire LF Mk IXc · Spitfire F Mk XIVc · Spitfire FR Mk XIVe|
|Typhoon Mk Ib · MB.5|
|Twin-engine fighters||Hornet Mk.I · Whirlwind P.9|
|Jet fighters||Attacker FB.2 · Hunter FGA.9 · Lightning F.53 · Meteor F Mk.8 Reaper · Sea Vixen F.A.W. Mk.2 · F-4J(UK) Phantom II|
|Strike aircraft||▄Wirraway · Beaufighter Mk I (40-mm) · Wyvern S4 · Harrier GR.1|
|Bombers||▄Avenger Mk II · ▄Boston Mk I · ▄Catalina Mk IIIa · ▄DB-7 · ▄Havoc Mk I · ▄Hudson Mk V · Swordfish Mk II|