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Survivor XS459

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XS459 - Fenland and West Norfolk Aviation Museum, West Walton Highway, Norfolk

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Lightning T.5 XS459 at the Fenland Aviation Museum, May 2012; author

XS459 first flew in December 1965 and served with 226 OCU, 29 Squadron, 56 Squadron, the LTF and latterly 5 Squadron. Disposed of in July 1988 to Tandora Holdings in Narborough, she was sold on again in 1994 to the nascent Fenland and West Norfolk Aviation Museum and has been on display there ever since. Located in the Bamber Garden Centre in West Walton Highway, the Museum has now got a zone of its own within the Centre so is no longer mixed in with garden furniture! XS459's belly tank is stored on a trolley alongside her so the trademark bulged Lightning belly is absent, which looks rather odd. My visit in 2000 found a freshly planted line of bushes right next to the aircraft - a return in 2012 found that they had, as predicted, grown substantially, blocking off the view from that side. XS459 herself has had a repaint since my last visit but it's already looking a little faded once more.

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