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Survivor XP706

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XP706 - Scott Clayton, Aeroventure, Lakeside and Leisure Complex, Doncaster, South Yorkshire

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Lightning F.3 XP706 at Doncaster; author

XP706's last flight was in July 1985, and she was put into storage at Binbrook initially before being towed out onto the airfield as a decoy a couple of months later. Disposed of to the Lincolnshire Lightning Preservation Society, in late December 1987 they cut her wings and tail off to ease transport and towed her behind a tractor all the way from Binbrook to Strubby airfield. She spent some years there, tucked away in a hangar. Unfortunately little progress was made on restoring the aircraft to complete condition and early in 1999 XP706 was bought by John Jennings and moved to the Bomber County Aviation Museum at Hemswell. With that museum's closure she was bought by Scott Clayton in late 2002 and moved to Aeroventure at Doncaster. Scott is making slow but sure progress on her restoration, and while she still has her wings and tail off, I was assured she was "getting there"! Sadly a visit some eight years after that found her apparently no further on with any restoration, and looking increasingly neglected.

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