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Survivor XR749

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XR749 - Score Group PLC (gate guard), Glenugie Engineering Works, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire

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Lightning F.3 XR749 at Peterhead, 21st April 2012; Geoff Lokey

Now a rather more quiet example of the breed. XR749 is an F.3 which used to be preserved in excellent condition at Teesside Airport, which used to be RAF Middleton St. George. She used to be positioned on the road next to the main terminal building in tribute to the airfield's past use as an RAF station, but sadly the new management thought an advertising hoarding in this location is more important than the site's heritage, and ordered her removed. Thankfully FRA aviation took her into their care until she was sold to a new owner. In late July 2004 she was dismantled (correctly!) and began her journey to her new home in Scotland. Score Group carried out a restoration treated her for corrosion before putting her back together as a gate guard outside their premises, mounted on wheel stands on a concrete base. The company service Avon engines hence the Lightning link.

Information on this page current as of 29/04/2012

Find other photos of XR749 on the following sites:

Air-Britain - Airliners.net - Airplane-Pictures.net - flickr.com - WorldAirPics.com - JetPhotos.net - PlanePictures.net - Vertical Reality