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XS417 - Newark Air Museum, Winthorpe, Nottinghamshire

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Lightning T.5 XS417 at the Newark Air Museum, 13th March 2008; author

Above is another T.5, the RAF's ultimate trainer variant, seen here preserved in Lightning Training Flight colours at the Newark Air Museum. A visit in 1999 found her to be looking pretty good, however the pitot probe has now been removed, presumably being too dangerous with kids running around the museum. She's also engine-less. Apparently the wings had to be cut off to transport her to the museum; if so, they've done a damn good job of putting her back together - I never noticed any obvious damage to them! The paintwork ten years or so later is now looking pretty shabby so let's hope she's due a repaint some time soon.

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