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Survivor XR713

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XR713 - Lightning Preservation Group, Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome, Leicestershire

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Lightning F.3 XR713 at Bruntingthorpe, 12th November 2016; author

XR713 is the last complete and uncut Lightning F.3 airframe; officially down as a BDRT airframe, she was 111 Squadron's mascot airframe and gate guard for many years at RAF Leuchars, and kept in pretty good condition. With Leuchars' closure, she was put up for disposal and a fund raising effort by the Lightning Preservation Group was successful in raising enough money to buy her and transport her to Bruntingthorpe. As she had not been previously cut for transport, she was dismantled correctly and rebuilt at Bruntingthorpe. She now joins the two running F.6s at Brunty and illustrates nicely the differences between the marks. She's seen here inside their QRA hangar, though normally lives just outside it with covers on as the two runnable examples get priority for undercover storage - of course!

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