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Survivor XM192

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XM192 - Charles Ross, Thorpe Camp Visitor Centre, Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire

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Lightning F.1A XM192 at Thorpe Camp, 17th June 2010; author

XM192 was the 24th production Lightning and flew with 111 Squadron (becoming the subject of an Airfix kit in the process) and then 226 OCU when 111 upgraded to F.3s. Remaining in second-line duties with 226 OCU, 145 Squadron and the Binbrook and Wattisham Target Facilities Flights, XM192 was retired at the end of 1973. After a period of storage the aircraft was put on display at the the gate of RAF Wattisham and remained there for many years before being acquired by Charles Ross of Binbrook. Unfortunately the wings and tail were cut off for transport, but a good job was made of patching her back together for her time at Hemswell. Sadly the museum there folded in 2005; XM192 escaped the scrapman and was moved to the Thorpe Camp Visitor Centre at Woodhall Spa. She was put back together again and was mostly complete when I visited in May 2008, though the cut lines where her wings and tail were taken off were very obvious; a return visit a couple of years later found the spine and tail repainted and the aircraft looking more complete. Good to see progress being made!

Information on this page current as of 17/06/2010

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