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Survivor XN726

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XN726 - Boscombe Down Aviation Collection, Old Sarum Airfield, Wiltshire

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Lightning F.2A XN726 at Old Sarum, 4th October 2013; Hugh Trevor

XN726 entered service as an F.2 with the AFDS at Binbrook, was later converted to F.2A and went back into service with 19 Squadron at Gutersloh. Damaged by lightning (!), after repair she served with 92 Squadron until they disbanded in 1976, and XN726 was retired. She was part of the extremely short lived and little known Lightning display team - the Green Marrows (5 Lightnings that performed 92's final Lightning flypast) - and still bears a faded 'Fly Marrows' logo. In 1977 she was flown to Farnborough (her last flight) and the next year she was delivered to PEE Shoeburyness to be used for weapons testing (i.e. getting shot at) and after a great deal of punishment what was left was to be scrapped in 1993, so the nose was saved by Nigel Towler. In the end the rest wasn't scrapped until 1996. Hugh Trevor then acquired the nose and has loaned it to the Boscombe Down museum, who were keen to have a Lightning exhibit with some sort of DERA history - PEE Shoeburyness now being part of DERA, it fits the bill! Hugh is after spine panels 22P, 22S and 23. If you can help with any of those, email Hugh (not forgetting to remove the .no.junk.mail from the address) or phone him on 01243 827266. Over the last few years Hugh has worked on the various panels and repainted the port side, and stripped the starboard side to bare metal and added 19 Squadron markings so she can represent both her users. His next loads of jobs is to refit the refurbished cockpit instruments and repaint the missile and ladder.

Information on this page current as of 13/10/2013

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