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Survivor XS416

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XS416 - Privately owned, Whaley Farm, New York, Lincolnshire

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Lightning T.5 XS416 at New York, 17th January 2009; Benn George

The first T.5 produced, XS416 had her first flight on 20th August 1964 and her initial flights were part of the development work for the type. She then went on to serve with the OCU at Coltishall, 11 Squadron and finally the LTF at Binbrook. Sold for scrap to TVI Doncaster, she was purchased from them and restored by the NATO Aircraft Museum at New Waltham; when that collection was forced to move, she ended up at Grainthorpe and has now moved to New York (no, not the one in America...) where she is awaiting re-assembly. As you can see her wings and tail were cut for transport - not for the first time, as the move to Grainthorpe was done this way too.

Information on this page current as of 21/01/2009

Find other photos of XS416 on the following sites:

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