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This page last updated on Wednesday 4th April 2012

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Brian Kirkwood from Carlisle

Posted at 7:34pm on Friday, February 28th, 2014

I was a Station Armourer at Binbrook in the 70's when 5 and 11 Squadrons were in residence.54 and 29 were there on flying visits. I didn't come across other than the gun camera and the ggs on spine. However when at Dhahran there were a number of camera packs in a storage shed, not used during my tour. In the same area were a number of 2" rocket packs, some of which were used!It was a nerve racking time when the Suadi Airforce personnel were allowed to load the live rockets into the pack!!!!!

Brian Kirkwood from Carlisle

Posted at 7:16pm on Friday, February 28th, 2014

I was at Dhahran and Tabuck as an armourer.
In a storage area was a number of camera packs never used to my knowledge along with some 2" rocket packs some of which did see use

Don Williams from North Wales

Posted at 6:59pm on Friday, November 1st, 2013

I was i/c photo section at FCMPC , RAF Valley until 1966. Only cameras on Lightnings were gun camera in nose bay and GGS recorder in spine.
Changed many of these.

Ted Spencer from ESSEX

Posted at 2:49pm on Saturday, July 14th, 2012

In photograph of xs921/Q of 56 sqd Akritiri 1970s , On cockpit side just infront of red triangles a red patch? Can you help me to identify this mark for model i am makeing
yours ted

Guy Clarke from Grimsby

Posted at 8:45pm on Sunday, July 1st, 2012

I was an Air radar mech on 5 SQN until 1988 at Binbrook and spent most of my time working on the line. There was definitely only the two camera's on the F3, F6 & T5.
Very fond memories of working on the hill!

Paul Tregonning from Port Alice. B.C

Posted at 8:23am on Sunday, June 24th, 2012

I was an Armourer (ex 5 Squadron-twice, and the Armoury, Gutersloh-again twice)and I am sure that there was only a vis recorder and gun camera fitted to all Marks. Can only agree with Robin Ellwood about changing the gun csmera mag. Changed quite a few and they were a b----r.

Robin Ellwood from Darlington

Posted at 8:47pm on Thursday, May 24th, 2012

I was an Air Photography Operator in the 70s. Based at RAF Leuchers, RAF Leconfield, RAF Luqa, RAF Wyton.
Worked on 11 Squadron's Lightnings.
Some websites say they had 5 cameras. I only ever remember the vis recorder on the fuselage and the gun camera situated in the nose wheel bay. You had to be a contortionist to change the magazine.
Can anyone remember if there were more cameras? It would be appreciated if you could.

Rob Dummer from Lincoln UK

Posted at 12:55pm on Saturday, May 5th, 2012

Worked on Mk53s & Mk55s in Saudi (Dhahran & Tabuk) in the '70s. Inst Nav/Gen.
Better servicability rate than RAF ! (Unlimited overtime!!) Fond memories.

Gerald Richter from Florida

Posted at 1:06am on Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

I have just obtained a Matchbox model of T.55 Lightning and was wondering if the over the wing fuel tanks (or rocket pods) were ever used on the Kuwaiti trainer?

Dave Anderton from Lancashire

Posted at 7:30pm on Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Started my apprenticeship jan. 1960 with the English Electric Co. (Accrington)working on this fine old lady. Had the privilege of attending engine tests at Samlesbury (final assembly) and later on watching flight teting at Warton. To see this aircraft stand on her tail and climb was fantastic. My all time favourite aircraft.

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