Thursday, 3 April 2014

English Electric Lightning

Britain's first Mach 2 fighter  that served for 40 years on the front line ,I remember them fondly flying about Lincolnshire and at air show's , sadly now confined to museum's but at least there are lots of survivors here are a few that I have managed to snap around the UK .








Starting with the top photo :
XS417- a T5 version Newark Air Museum 

XM 135- F1 shown in 74 Tiger Squadron markings at IWM Duxford ,this was the last F1 to fly

ZF588 -an F.53really serial number 53.693 Royal Saudi Air Force painted as an 74 Squadron aircraft at East Midlands Air Museum

XM192- an F.1A with a long career part of its history being as a subject for Airfix models when it served with 111 Squadron ,now at Thorpe Camp near Woodhall Spa

XR753- Hard to photograph mascot at R.A.F Coningsby 

XS 903 -F6 variant flown into Elvington Air Museum in 1988 were she is still on display

WG 760- P1A prototype also took part in fire streak missile trials now at Cosford

XG337 -F1 hanging in a vertical climb pose at Cosford in the cold war section.

WG768- not really a lightning but a Short SB5 built by the REA to test English Electrics theory's on swept wings and tails so a part of lightning history , also on show at Cosford.

There are a few more on display around the UK ,hopefully catch up within them all and will update if I do .

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