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Survivor XN769

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XN769 - Malta Aviation Museum, Ta' Qali, Malta

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Lightning F.2 XN769 at Ta' Qali, 26th September 2005; author

First flown in 1962, XN769 served with 92 Squadron until 1973 and was then retired to gate guardian duties at RAF Leconfield in December of that year. In 1976 she moved to the London Air Traffic Control Centre at RAF West Drayton and was the gate guardian there for many years. Unfortunately following the closure of RAF West Drayton in 2002, XN769 got the chop, and was scrapped. The nose section was saved by Russell Carpenter who placed it in his garden where it hid for some time until he donated it to the excellent Malta Aviation Museum, where it is now on display.

Information on this page current as of 18/10/2008

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